Android P Preview now available for developers officially

Anand Deb Software & Apps

Although we still do not know the official name that the latest version of the operating system of Google will have, the Internet giant just released the version of Android P for developers with which they can work with the new system and step to see some of the main features that it would bring in a future update

Before continuing with this article, we must make it very clear that this version of Android P is aimed at application developers so it is not known for sure if the announced changes will reach the final version. Therefore we do not recommend you flash your main phone to use this preview of Android 9 P.

Dave Burke, vice president of engineering at Google, said that this version is “a basic initial construction only for developers”, so we warn you again: it is not a good idea to try this version on your main phone.

If you want to try this version for Android P developers and see some of their news, the only requirement to use it is to have a Google Pixel phone, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2 or Google Pixel 2 XL. For this, you only have to enter the web page of Google developers and follow the steps indicated.

Google has announced a lot of changes in Android P for developers, although we must bear in mind that the final version could vary significantly, so you have to take the information with tweezers.

For now, we know that visually there will be a few changes. To begin the aspect of the notifications, it will change as smart responses could arrive, similar to those we have seen in Gmail. We can also see that the quick configuration panel and notifications drawer have more rounded corners. Although, as we have said, these changes may not reach the final version of Android P since this is only a preview.

Although, undoubtedly, the most interesting feature has to do with the characteristic notch on the screen of the iPhone X, the well-known notch, which has reached a large number of Android terminals, as we could see in the MWC 2018.

Google has built support for this notch on the screen in Android P so developers can test how their applications work in panels of this type. Actually, there are many more changes regarding Android 8 Oreo, but those announced by Google are mainly focused so that developers can test their applications on Android P.

These are the main features that come with Android P for developers:

  • Restricting access to the microphone, camera, and sensors from applications that are inactive or in the background.
  • Integrated support for more video and image codecs
  • API multicamera that will allow applications to individually request sensor data in terminals that have more than one camera on the back.
  • Compatibility with Wi-Fi RTT
  • Improved autocomplete mode to better manage password management.
  • Performance improvement for applications written in Kotlin language
  • Changes in the energy efficiency of services such as Doze or Standby to make them more efficient and adapt them to applications.

Finally , oogle has warned developers that Android P will warn users when they install applications adapted for versions prior to Android 4.2 to force them to update their SDK.

Last modified: March 8, 2018

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