For those who don’t know, Smart Selection and App Actions were two new features added in Android P that users were excited to see. Smart Selection allows you to copy text and images from applications in the multitasking window without having to actually open them. As for App Actions, this feature provides users with predicted actions to choose from, most notably in the Google Pixel Launcher. These actions can include things like “Watch videos in YouTube” or “Play Music on Spotify.” The App Actions API uses the same set of intents as Actions on Google Assistant and you can find them in multiple apps such as the Google App, Play Store, Google Assistant, and the Pixel Launcher.
App Actions in Android P
Smart Selection in Android P, as demonstrated by David Burke during Google I/O 2018. Source: Google
While it may be understandable why Google intends to keep these features as Google Pixel exclusives, it’s not so clear why the original Google Pixel will not be supporting them. Users on Developer Preview 2 were able to use the feature without issues, so we know that it certainly did work on the device. We hope that Google changes their stance on this, but for now, only 2017 Google Pixel and later devices will be able to support both of these features.