Overall Review of Android P released by the tech giant Google
Well, it is not unfamiliar that sometimes Google does surprise us with the sudden releases of its incorporation. This time it is about the new version of Android P ahead of its full unveiling at Google I/O in May. This is meant for just developer testing hence it is unclear how big the users will face changes this time around. Dave Burke; Google VP of engineering is calling this “an early baseline build for developers only,”. Android P seems to have added a bunch of new features to the world’s most popular mobile operating system on its release.
Notable features for developers
Android P will prevent inactive apps from accessing microphone and camera. It intends to put rest all rumors around social media apps spying on users while running in the background. Background app if remains idle, they won’t be able to access your microphone. It would generate an error whenever access is requested by the app in an inactive state.
Notch + Multi-camera support
Android P provides support for camera cutouts(notches) ranging from narrow ones like the Essential Phone to bigger ones like the Asus ZenFone 5z including iPhone X. Also, it allows developers to upload apps supporting the different sizes of cutouts. If the app works smoothly in a full-screen view, it can display around the notch too. A striking feature additionally that can simulate the cutouts if the testing apps device doesn’t have a physical one or on notch-less devices.
Any Android app developers can access different streams on devices that have two or more physical cameras at once. Therefore phones having two cameras on the back, there will be a standard way for apps to individually control them. One can avail some features like zoom, stereo vision (3D), bokeh in the camera settings of other apps(e.g Snapchat or Instagram).
Introduces Wi-Fi RTT (Round-Trip-Time)- IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol allows apps to get indoor positioning data down to a meter or two. It works where GPS normally can’t reach or isn’t precise enough by measuring the distance to various Wi-Fi access points.
Google is bringing enhancements to ART (Android Runtime)with the expansion to optimize apps and reduce wastage of app code. The performance will improve for apps written in Kotlin. Hence using profile information to rewrite DEX files will result in a claimed 11 percent reduction across apps.
Better notifications and Autofill
Google is striving constantly to evolve part of the OS. More informative alerts from messaging apps can be sent, view more information including photos and stickers directly from the notification bar. Sending AI-powered smart replies from Google Allo, are coming right to the notification bar offered on the basis of contextual information such as chat history, location, and the kind of question. A slightly rounded appearance of the notifications also resembles the icons of Apple’s iOS.
It would be easier for password managers to enter a password to avoid constant switch-apps-and-copy and switch-apps-and-paste dance. Allows more third-party password manager apps to use the autofill feature on Android P.
One can notice several design changes in Android P. It has the ability to show real-time battery percentage, the settings menu is now a lot more colorful. The time is now shown on the left side of the screen. Use volume buttons for changing media volume, replacing ringer volume. Do Not Disturb have an On/ Off toggle replacing the earlier options such as Silent, Alarms Only, and Priority. In the Quick Settings panel, there is an introduction of vertical scrolling with an extra row before scrolling starts (four compared to three on Android Oreo). Additionally, Android P has a built-in support for HDR VP9 video and HEIF image format.
As a whole Android P appears a lot more bubbly than the previous version. Google made it clear that the initial release is for developers only and not for consumer use. The developers with a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL can install the emulator on their computer or download the Android P on their devices today accordingly.