Google has released the first Android P Developer Preview update for the Pixel smartphone series including the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to display and preview the new flavours that come with Android P, an update to the delicious Oreo.
Have you had enough of Oreo? Android Oreo, duh! Well, it might soon be time to move over the latest Android Oreo – it is time for Android P (pee?), well, just a developer preview yet. Google has already released the first Android P Developer Preview update for its Pixel series and while it may or may not look lot like the Oreo, there’s a lot that can change internally. The new Android will bring in new interface, design tweaks, support for ‘notch’ and much more – but the notch is something that is evidently visible, like right into the face of the phone. iPhone X has that top “notch”, a lot of smartphones in MWC 2018 had the notch and now, Android P is introducing it too – it is evident that the mole-ish notch is here to stay for some time.
Next up is official Android OS support with a new multi-camera API on Android P which will help third-party app developers to make better use of the front and rear dual cameras – instead of relying on OEMs to customize their software additions to incorporate dual camera tech. Android P brings a minor tweak to the Pixel launcher, and the dock is no longer completely transparent. Instead, it now has translucent shaded region that extends from the navigation bar, and had rounded corners. Also, the search bar at the bottom now gets a microphone icon on the right corner, and tapping on it opens the Google Assistant.
Above all, the most interesting bit of this update will be related to security as Google says that “Android P restricts access to mic, camera, and all SensorManager sensors from apps that are idle.” The OS will also enable encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret and Google has added that they are working to bring support for per-network randomization of associated MAC addresses to the platform. Security on Android has always been kind of snooping around and the security update will mean direct challenge to iOS. A lot is come with P. Along with the cool features, we hope they come up with a sweet name for the OS, because P just sounds so, you know.. you know, right?