Android 9.0 P is Neat: Screenshots + New Features


Google is already busy working on the next version of its Android operating system, dubbed Android P for now.

Another feature Google has introduced with Android P is Indoor Positioning.

Dropping the Nexus C tablet means Google won't be supporting any of its tablets beyond Android Oreo. With Google having promised 3 years of software updates for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL phones, some users had hoped that the update period would be similarly extended for older devices.

Updates to video playback and image compression are also coming to Android P. Google is adding support for HDR VP9 Profile 2 and HEIF for developers to integrate into their apps.

So, yes, you can expect more iPhone X-looking Android devices in the future.

Google released the first Android P developer preview on Wednesday, sharing some details about the main features it planned for Android's evolution. Now, Google has four separate system images on its site for all four devices so you will need to cross-check before go ahead with the download.

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There will also be multi-camera support. Besides, with Android P, idle apps won't be able to access the device's microphone, camera or other sensors, which is very much appreciated. It can even enable a "fused camera stream" that auto-switches between two or more cameras.

The messaging apps would support the inclusion of "Smart replies", images and stickers directly in the notification.

What is sure about the two phones is that monthly security updates are guaranteed through November 2018 for these last two remaining handsets.

Later the same month, we should see Developer Preview 4, which should be an early release candidate. The new Android has various new features like a standard dialog box UI for fingerprint verification, a new look for notifications from messaging apps, and a power efficiency management tool, but here we have picked some of the features which are more understandable to users. While GPS mostly doesn't work indoors, Wi-Fi RTT on Android will allow an app (with permission) to calculate your position to within 1 to 2 meters, provided three or more access points are in range. Replies can also be saved as drafts in Android P should a user mistakenly close the notification.

That said, it's likely that die-hard Android enthusiasts will find ways to port Android P to the Nexus 5X and Nexus P later down the road.