Android P will be supported on Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL. Apart from that, Android Emulator will also run on the operating system.
Android P, the next big upgrade to Google’s popular mobile operating system, was expected to come later this year. Beating all expectations, the Developer Preview 1 has just gone official. While more details of the OS are being touted for release in Google’s annual I/O conference, scheduled for May, there are some interesting features in store for Android users from the information that’s already out there.
Android P will be supported on Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL. Apart from that, Android Emulator will also run on the operating system. However, for this, developers will have to flash the system images manually on their devices. So, this cannot be put into use just by entering a simple OTA program.
As Developer Preview 1 is not yet a part of the Android Beta Program, users will have to flash system images manually on their devices. For that, Google has provided system image links, for Pixel handsets. Here you will find the flashing instructions for the process. It is recommended that the data on the device be backed up before installing these images, as there is a chance of it getting wiped during installation.
With Android P, new enhancements have been added to Android Runtime. This will allow developers to optimize apps and reduce the wastage of app code. The software also aims to prevent inactive apps from accessing the device microphone and camera. This will prevent social media apps from spying on users, when they run in the background, rumors of which have been doing the rounds for a while now.
The Developer Preview 1 will help simulate the display cutouts, in case the device on which apps are being tested doesn’t have a physical one. This will allow developers to upload apps that support different sized cutouts. The new operating system will add a new camera API that will allow developers to access different streams on devices having two or more physical cameras.
The new software will enable more information and smart replies. Users will be able to access more information from the notification panel, especially for messaging apps. It will also add support for HDR VP9 video and HEIF image format.
Design wise, there have been a few modifications as well. The Android’s alternative display which is also called Ambient Display, will be able to show real-time battery percentage. Google is also adding vertical scrolling in the Quick settings panel, with an extra row before scrolling starts. The drawback is that users will no longer be able to expand options in the Quick settings menu.
Other updates include ability to set time restrictions. Also, there are volume buttons to change media volume instead of the ringer volume by default. The software adds support for IEEE 802.11mc which will allow apps to measure the distance of the device to nearby Wi-Fi access points and determine the location effectively.
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