The Android P Developer Preview

Are you ready for the next version of Android?

Google has launched out its 1/5 Developer previews for Android P .

Its name will be disclosed with full release later this year but now its code-named as “P”.

So here are the new features of Android P :

Notch Style Display like iPhoneX

As manufacturers shrink bezels and the front-facing sensors leave a notch on your display,The next major version of Android will have built-in “display cutout” support, ensuring that app content doesn’t creep into the areas on either side of the camera and speaker slot.Developer options screen showing different cutout sizes

Indoor Positioning

Google wants to make turn-by-turn directions while you are inside just as good as Maps has become when you are outside, and Android P is going to start making that happen with a little help from WiFi Round-Trip-Time (RTT). This feature in IEEE 802.11mc will make it possible for apps to know how far you are from the WiFi access point you are connected to, and developers will be able to use that information to give you a more accurate location indoors.

New RTT APIs support indoor positioning in your apps.

Improvised Notifications

Starting from Android 7.0 (API level 24), you can add an action to reply to messages or enter other text directly from a notification. Android P enhances this feature with the following enhancements:

  • Android P now displays images in Messaging Notifications on phones  replacing that dreaded “person has sent an attachment” message you get now.
  • Simplified support for conversation participants: It is able to identify people involved in a conversation, including their avatars and URIs.

Updated Security

Google has tripled down its efforts on improvising security for its phones.The biggest by far is a new restriction system for sensors, cameras, and microphones when an app is marked as idle.

An app won’t be able to access your camera, microphone, or most of its sensors while it’s running in the background — unless it makes it perfectly clear to you that it’s doing so. For all Security Updates.


Multi-Camera Support

Several Android phones have multiple cameras on the front or back these days, but very few of them are able to work simultaneously. Google is adding an API for developers to explore a world where multiple cameras being used at the same time is possible.

This could mean anything, from depth-sensing magic using multiple cameras to an Apple-style live Portrait Mode or even commercial phones using a standard camera and a thermal camera at the same time to overlay the two images.

Here’s an in-depth video of the same