Android P Developer Preview

Mar 09, 2018, 09:19
Android P Developer Preview

Because Android P is now in developer preview, it's unclear which features might be included in the final release that goes out to the public. This one is codenamed "P", and your guess is as good as ours as to what dessert-themed name the final version of the software will receive.

For now, Google is gradually rolling out Lens to Android users, while people with iOS devices will have to wait a little longer. If you've been following the news recently, you know that Android OEMs have jumped on the display notch bandwagon that Apple brought to the public limelight with the iPhone X. Meanwhile, the first beta version of Android P will show up with the second developer preview, scheduled to be released in early May.

Google will not offer Android P support for the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6P, and the Pixel C tablet, Ars Technica reported Wednesday.

It's even providing a new Multi-Camera API for devices with dual rear- or front-facing cameras.

Android P also introduces several enhancements to notifications, such as support for images and conversation participants, suggest AI-powered smart replies, set semantic action for an intent, and much more. Monthly security updates will still continue until at least November 2018.

If they haven't already, the P developer preview images should arrive sometime today, and there are detailed instructions on the download page. Users can reply to messages inside the notifications themselves. Another big change in this update includes the new Bluetooth APIs to help your IoT device connect to an Android smartphone or tablet. The release came as a surprise, as we expected Android P to be unveiled in mid-March, with the incoming Pi Day being a likely candidate for the event. The Assistant inside Google Photos in all Android devices will now be able to hover through images and pull out relevant information. To begin with the installation process, one has to download the latest Developer Preview system image and manually flash it to the Pixel device. It's okay. You see, the tech giant isn't going to release Android P for the 6P and the 5X.