Top 7 New Features of Android P that You Should Know Right Now

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It’s 2018, And Finally Google rolled out the first developer preview of Android P for few devices –  Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. This time Google drops support for Android P on Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and the Pixel C tablet, it means those devices won’t be getting Android P when it’s released fully so won’t be able to enjoy the new flavor of Android in Future.

As the First developer preview of Android P is released today, You might want to try out the new features. But  in case you don’t have a secondary device for testing, you may not install this initial version on your personal devices. It’s not that ready or stable for use. So you might be interested to know what’s new inside Android P ? well, here we’re listing Top 7 new features of Android P.

Top 7 New Features of Android P – 

1. Full Support for Notch Displays – One of the best added feature of Android P is the support for Notch displays. After the debut of iPhoneX’s Notch, Many android smartphone manufacturers are putting the same on their latest smartphones. Till now there wasn’t native full support for display notch on older versions of Android.

In android P all apps will have native support for notch. Moreover you can simulate notch type design on your device. Suppose you’ve a pixel running on Android P, which actually doesn’t include a notch, you can create a notch simulator type animation on your screen. Also you’ll be able to resize the notch as you want.

2.Messaging Notifications – With Android P, messaging apps will be able to use a new style on their notifications that do a better job of showing images, including the profile image of the person texting you. That’s similar to how it works on iOS. You will be able to expand the notification and see a few lines of conversation. Also you can quick reply to those though directly from the notifications using the smart reply buttons inside the notification itself.

3.Redesigned colorful Settings Menu – One of the attractive features on Android P is the new colorful settings menu. Earlier we just had the default style menu with odd colors, to change its color we had to use themes for customization. But Google just implemented decent looking redesigned color settings menu, it fells really good to browse through a new looking native interface.

4.New Redesigned Quick Setting – Google has made tweaks to the look of quick settings and notifications. The new look for notifications also includes a new look for notifications from messaging apps.  Quick settings icon design is now replaced within a colorful bubble type design.

5.Blocking app’s Microphone & Camera access in Background – Earlier there were several conspiracy about background running apps using your smartphone’s microphone and camera. Like there was reports about facebook secretly listening to your audio to serve better ads. But Android P has put a barrier between all of these privacy leak issues. A multi-camera API so an Android P can individually request the data from more than one camera sensor at once. So for phones that have two cameras on the back, there will be a standard way for apps to more granularity control them

But Android P won’t let apps secretly use your mic or camera which are running in the background. To better ensure privacy, Android P restricts access to mic, camera, and all SensorManager sensors from apps that are idle. While your app’s UID is idle, the mic reports empty audio and sensors stop reporting events. Cameras used by your app are disconnected and will generate an error if the app tries to use them. In most cases, these restrictions should not introduce new issues for existing apps, but we recommend removing these requests from your apps.

6. Screenshot option in power menu – Till now for capturing a screenshot we had to press volume key and power button together. Which was little difficult for few user. To provide users benefit of the power menu, Google has added screenshot option just inside the power menu of devices running on Android P. Just you need to long press your power key, and you’ll get screenshot option option just right inside it. Tapping it will capture a screenshot instantly.

7. Automatic Play full screen videos – In Android P, if user tries to play a video which has a widescreen aspect ratio. The video player will automatically switch to landscape mode despite of turning on the Portrait mode on. Also there’s Built-in support for more video and image codecs, including HDR VP9 Profile 2 and HEIF (heic) which means developers can deliver HDR-enabled movies from YouTube and Play Movies, etc.

Also Google is adding support support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol. In Android P Support for Wi-Fi RTT (Round-Trip-Time), which allows apps to get indoor positioning data down to a meter or two by calculating the distance to various Wi-Fi access points. There’s better Auto-fill password manager which makes it easier to enter passwords onto apps and websites. The next version of android comes with Improved performance for ART and apps written in Kotlin.

What’s the Name of Android P ?

Well this is most important question right now. Google names the versions of Android based on the name of a sweet or sweets, so the number of possibilities are endless. The name of Android P or the Android P would be called Pistachio Ice Cream, Parfait, Pecan Pie, Pancake, Panna Cotta, Pavlova, Peanut Brittle, Peanut Butter, Peda, Peppermint, Pie, Pineapple cake, Pumpkin Pie, Popover, Pop-Tart, Praline, Pandoro, Poached Pear or Popsicle.

Android P consumer build / final version release Date – 

Right now in March 2018, only 1.1% of android devices are running on Android Oreo. So Unfortunately if you don’t have a Google Pixel or a latest flagship device, you might not be getting the Android P Update. The final consumer build of Android P is expected to roll out after May 10, during the Google I/O 2018

What do you think about the latest Android P ? Any guess about its name ? let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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