Android P developer preview: Features and changes

Earlier this month, Google made waves by announcing Android P, the next generation Android operating system. Google’s new version of Android  is now available as developer preview, with most critics praising its intuitive user interface and handy tools. Basically, Android P is not a huge upgrade over its predecessor, Oreo. However, when we look inside, there are a lot of new things that are worth our time.

Google has not specified the release date of Android P, but tech experts say that the new Android version will launch sometime in August this year. They also say that Android P will hit Nexus and Pixel phones initially, with wider rollout arriving in December.

Like any other major Android software update, Android P comes with bug fixes and performance boost. In the section below, we have compiled a list of 5 Android P features. Before we begin, the P is still in early stages, so it may come with bugs and glitches.

  1. New look and notifications

With Android P, Google has revamped user interface, with rounded corners and icons, making it more visually appealing. A swipe down from your home screen will fire up notification tray and quick settings. App icons are now more colorful, making it much easier to see.

In terms of notifications, Android P now allows you to see more details in each notifications. Besides, you can also make a quick reply to your notification without even opening it, all made possible by Smart Replies.

However, Smart Replies feature is not available in the developer preview. This means that Google needs more time to work on the feature. We are expecting that Google will add the feature to the final build of Android P.

  1. Notch support

Notch has become an essential part of top-tier smartphones recently. Smartphone brands like Apple, Samsung, and Huawei are now adopting a notch at the top of their flagship phones. A notch sits at the top of the phone, allowing users to quickly check new notifications, date/time, and battery percentage. With Android P, Google is bringing support for notch to its mobile operating system. All you need to do is to select Simulate a display with a cutout option from the Drawing section.

  1. Media output controls

With Android P, Google added a new media control to your home screen, allowing users to quickly control your media and view connected devices. This comes in handy, as it eliminates the need to dig around in the Setting menu.

To quickly access media output control, you simply need to press the volume buttons. Once you do that, you should see a new media output control on your home screen, which allows you to control your music track.

  1. Screenshots

In Android P, you can quickly edit your screenshots right from the notification share, eliminating the need to open the Photo app and select Edit. Android P offers basic editing tools to spice up your screenshots, like crop, scribble, and writing. All you need to do is to press and hold the power button to take a screenshot and then pull down the notification shade to edit it.

  1. Landscape mode

If you frequently use landscape mode on your phone, then Android P is making your experience less painful. With Android P, you can keep the landscape orientation locked, even if you turn your phone to portrait mode. This comes in handy if you want to browse the web or watch YouTube video in landscape mode.

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