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.
Google rolled out the new Android P developer preview in the first week of March. The new version of the company’s mobile operating system will block apps built for Android 4.1 and lower versions. Now developers will need to target a minimum API level of 17 in their apps.
Reports on Reddit and Android Police mentioned that apps below the API level of 17 will not work on Android P devices. Google has not released any official statement yet, but reports suggest that the Google Play Store might block apps that do not meet the criteria.
Google is aiming to enhance security measures and performance of devices through these restrictions. Android P will allow developers to optimize apps and reduce the wastage of app codes. It will also prevent inactive apps on the phone from getting launched automatically and accessing the microphone and device camera. Old apps, though functional, can have a lot of security vulnerabilities.
Android P comes with a range of new and interesting features. The company has made some changes in the design too. Vertical scrolling has been added in the Quick Settings panel. Users will now also be able to see real-time battery percentage on their devices. The new software will enable smarter replies and access to more information. It will provide support for HDR VP9 video and HEIF image format. Android P will come with support for the notch; all major smartphones to be released this year are likely to have that feature.
It is still unclear whether Google will simply block the old apps when Android P releases or will show a pop-up message. Anyway, it’s probably time to bid farewell to older apps.