Google released the developer preview for Android P Features today.
An early look at the next version of Android.
Now, it’s very early on in the process still.We don’t know what P stands for.
There’s a lot of new features that, presumably,Google hasn’t shown off yet
but if you want an early look at Google’s OS,
this is it.
Just to be clear, this is a very early developer preview.If you’re not a developer,
and even if you are,if you don’t have a spare test device around
you probably shouldn’t go installing this on your main device but if you got a test device lying around,
like, say this Pixel, then you can give it a go and we have and here’s some of the
new stuff we’ve noticed.
So one of the biggest Android P Features coming to Android P is support for a notch.
Just like on the iPhone X and the whole bunch on other clones that we saw,
the Essential phone,Android is adding native support for notches so P is gonna have better
support for notches overall.
You can see it actually truncates notifications after a few, with a little dot over here
so you can see you have more and if you’re running
the developer preview
you can actually simulate the notch on your device like this Pixel, which doesn’t usually have that cutout
so that you can start developing your apps appropriately for it.You’ll also be able to
simulate different shapes and size of notches using the P beta so you’ll be able to design
for a whole hosts of things,whether it’s a wide flat one like the iPhone X or taller, thinner one like you saw in the Essential phone.
Imma make sure that no matter what shape and size your notch looks like P should be able to handle it.
Google’s also updating how messaging works in Android P.You’ll be able to see
the last few messsages in a conversation directly
from the notifications so you can remember whatn you were talking about
and you’ll be able to respond directly in line in the notification.
Google’s also adding support for smart replies
like the ones that is Android P Features on Allo or Gmail directly from the notification shade
so couple of responses will pop up,you’ll be able to tap on and go directly from the notification
as well as stickers and images directly in line.
Android P will also be able to identify
if your phone is trying to play wide-screen video content and automatically play it in wide-screen
even if rotation lock is on,which is something that I’ve, at least, been
waiting for for years.Lastly, we’re starting to see hints of what could be a new
overall design for Android P.
There were rumors a couple weeks back that Google was planning on overhauling the design
and while there’s not too much to see here yet there are some bits and pieces.The setting menu’s been
updated, it’s now more colorful,
different color icons for each setting thing and there’s an overall theme of more rounded design going around.
The notification bubbles
have rounded edges,the dock has rounded edges,and there seems to be
some new font stuff too.It’s a very early preview so there’s no way to
know if this is final,
if this will be indicative of larger changes to the OS or just a couple tweaks, but,
if you’ve been holding out for a new version of Android that looks completely different
there’s at least some hope for you.There’s some smaller here stuff too.Google’s blocking access
to the microphone, camera,and other sensors to apps that are inactive,which should finally put
to rest, once and for all,
all of the conspiracies out there that Facebook is secretly listening to your conversation in
order to serve you ads.
It probably won’t but it really should.There’s support for some new
video and image codecs too like the HEIF format that Apple started using
in iOS 11 and Mac OS High Sierra.There’s some indoor positioning stuff which uses multiple wi-fi hot spots to better locate your phone indoors and some auto-fill stuff that works better
with password managers.These are all great Android P Features