Everybody expected Android P to come in mid-march but Google amazed everyone and just released it unexpectedly. Yes, Android P is here when Android Oreo is on less than 2% of all Android devices but that’s a topic for another time right now let’s talk about Android P.
We’ve installed the Android P Developer Preview on a Pixel 2 SL. So let’s take a look at all of the changes and new features in Android P, Android Pancake, Android Peanut Butter or whatever they’ll call it.
Android P brings a lot of visual changes. If you look at the home screen it looks very similar to Android Auto but there are a lot of changes. As is customary for every new Android version, the quick settings pane has received a complete makeover with nice rounded buttons for all the toggles that now look really iOS like to be honest.
Notifications on Android received major changes as well and notifications now support a fresh, minimal look with round corners everywhere, but that’s not all. Notifications will now also be able to display images in the notification itself, making it much easier to see what someone has sent notifications in.
Android P supports smart replies in messaging apps and lets you save replies as drafts if enabled by the developer.
Colored setting page
We also see a new redesigned settings page, a change that is so overused by Google. It seems as if it’s permanently on their to-do list. This time around the settings page has colored items all over the place and they do give a refreshing feel to what was otherwise a blue and white wasteland.
Android P will block custom overlays making Substratum Themes useless. Nevertheless, the settings page on Android P is almost an exact replica of the Flux White substrate or theme.
There are also changes in the way Android P handles animations. Moving between apps now has a side-to-side animation that looks very iPhone X type. It almost looks like Google took some cues from Cupertino.
‘Notch’ is supported
Android P supports display-cutout, and Google has accepted that Android phones will have notches. Android P Developer Preview even lets you visualize what different notches will look like and how the app interacts with them. You can also use it to take a look at what future Android smartphones will look like, yet another useful feature that Android fans have been asking for a very long time.
Native screenshot editor
Android still lacks a screenshot editor. Thankfully Android P has an editor baked right into the OS. The feature, Markup brings a basic but capable image editor that lets you crop, doodle or rotate screenshots. Not so coincidently, it’s very similar to the screenshot tool that was introduced in iOS 11.
Android P brings a brand-new feature Lockdown. When you toggle the Lockdown mode on, your phone will not unlock even if someone tries to use your finger to unlock it while you’re sleeping. It locks a fingerprint scanner. That’s awesome and definitely something people will use anyway moving on to more changes in Android P.
Enhanced battery saving?
The low-power mode is sort of going through an identity crisis right about now. With Google using at least two different names for the same thing: it’s called reduced power mode in the battery settings and battery saver in the quick settings. Battery saver mode can be set to automatically activate between any battery value between 5% and 70%. You know for people who get panicky when their phone reaches 70%.
The good news is this that the battery saver mode doesn’t turn the status and navigation bar orange anymore, which is awesome because that just it looks terrible.
Multiple camera API
Multiple camera API opens up new creative ideas in dual camera phones like accessing the camera free from both the lenses at the same time or getting a seamless zoom and even for getting stereoscopic shots from dual camera phones. Developers can use this to create some amazing android apps.
Little features that matter
The power menu now has a screenshot button, which is actually handy. The app info page gives the uninstall and force quit buttons. Do not Disturb mode doesn’t have any priorities like Alarm-only and all.
Bad news for developers
For Android app developers, Android P brings a ton of new features: first and foremost, apps in the background will no longer be able to access your camera mic or any of the other sensors on your phone, which is great for privacy reasons. Improvements have been made to the Android runtime which should result in better app performance with lower resource usage. Apps can now use Wi-Fi RTT to calculate a user’s position.
Nonetheless, the best Android yet
Android P does look like it will be a great new OS from Google. However, keep in mind that this is just the first developer preview. There will definitely be a lot of changes before Android P is ready for primetime.
Android P development with Peerbits
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