Android automation: Set the “Rules” and Pixel phones will do incredible things automatically

Samsung’s Smart Pause is one of the cool features that I’ve seen in an Android smartphone. For those not aware, Smart Pause is a feature first introduced in Galaxy S5 and using the front camera of your smartphone, it senses when you are looking at the smartphone, and it pauses video playback when you look away from the screen. Google is trying similar things for its Pixel smartphones on Android Q.

As first spotted by XDA, Google is currently developing a new setting called “Rules,” which will let Pixel users create various Rules in the settings app. Let’s say you want your Pixel to be silent when you are working, Rules can help with that, it can automate changes that you regularly make in Settings(via 9to5Google).

Pixel smartphones will also be able to track your activity. Let’s say you regularly put your Pixel on silent at a specific time, the feature helps your phone detect that and will suggest you create the Rule so that you don’t have to put it on silent every day.

The feature is expected to hit the beta builds of Android Q in the coming days.

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