Android P With iPhone X-Like Notch Support On Devices Announced, Here’s What Is New

Google has made available to download Android P Developer Preview 1 ROM for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, complete with all new features. Here are the details.

Just after announcing the new Android 9.0 P version today, Google has taken the wraps off of its first developer preview release. Google announced the next big version of Android P today, which is said to arrive for smartphones and tablets very soon.

Android P features? Just like past big Android features, the latest version will have new ones for users to take advantage of, but the headline changes with this release are made with developers in mind.

Designed to allow developers chance to get their apps ready for the prime time release while also giving Google a large batch of beta testers with which to squash bugs. This new release is not exactly meant for mere mortals though, but it can be downloaded from Google’s servers. You will, however, need a Pixel device in order to flash it.

Chief of those new Android P features is new support for notches natively, something that Android phones are employing en masse following the arrival of the iPhone X last year. Built-in support for messing around with the Status Bar, including support for a notch, will allow developers to make sure their apps behave when used on apps with big holes in their screens.

It is definitely early days for Android P, so expect things to change over time as further previews are released and improvements are made ahead of a public release later this year. Other new features include:

* Revamped notifications: This feature focuses on increased functionality, building on changes previously added as part of Android O. New support for conversations, photos, media, and stickers is being added, as are smart replies, just like Google’s new Reply app.
* Multi-camera API: More and more phones starting to ship with multiple rear-facing cameras. Android P will support access to multiple simultaneous streams from those physical camera systems just like how it is on iOS. With support for a camera stream that automatically switches between two or more physical lenses. We should see improved zoom and bokeh effect.
* HDR VP9 video and HEIF image support: Apple added this inclusion last year in iOS 11, will be added as part of Android O, allowing for improved dynamic range on devices which support it as well as increased compression capabilities when it comes to images.
* WiFi-based positioning: This will make it possible for apps to locate users indoors by measuring the distance between access points and triangulating a users’ position based on that wireless data.
* Autofill will also receive a boost, adding password managers support in it.
* Neural Networks API 1.1: This will accelerate on-device machine learning thanks to Android P for getting this ability.
* Increased background app privacy via Android P: With apps that are not in the foreground seeing their access to microphones, cameras and sensors restricted like on iOS.
* Support for fingerprint recognition will be more consistent post-Android P thanks to the FingerprintDialog API.

As with all Android releases, Google promises increased power efficient as part of the Android 9 upgrade thanks to Doze refinements, among aforementioned features.

Android P Developer Preview 1 can be downloaded from the links given below. It is available for Google’s own Pixel devices only for now.

Android P Developer Preview 1 Direct Download Links:

Android 9 Developer Preview is not available as an over-the-air (OTA) update yet. So you have to flash it on your Pixel device in order to test it. Like Google, we strongly recommend doing it on a test device only.

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