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Android P Developer Preview Released, Brings New Features To The Table




Google released the finalized version of its current Oreo in the last of January. It’s been only a while and the software giant is now gearing up to release its next iteration of the operating system, the Android P. Earlier this week, several reports surfaced online stating that the Android P Developer Preview would come out in mid of this month.

The wait is over as Google released its first developer preview for the Pixel users. The first Android 9.0 builds are now available for the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL. Google Pixel C is counted out for the developer preview program. It is quite sad that the support for Nexus devices like Google Nexus 5X, and Google Nexus 6P has finally come to an end.Android-P-Developer-Preview-Settings

The design language of the operating system is revamped on the Android P. The obvious change is on the quick settings tiles and the settings app. The quick settings tiles and the icons closely resemble to a famous Substratum theme. There are unique colors for individual icons in the Settings which looks better than the gray color seen on Oreo. The quick settings toggles turn blue when enabled.

Android P natively adds support to the top notch. This is more evident as the clock has been shifted to the left side.


The Messages app follow a new notifications style. The message preview now displays stickers and images. Smart replies are also implemented which predicts replies based on the user’s history and usage pattern, thanks to Machine Learning.

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The preview has introduced new transition animations for opening an activity from the notifications. This seems refreshing and improves the user experience. This is not the final version of the operating system and we’re expecting few more previews which adds and fine tunes the features before the final version rolls out on Google I/O 2018 which is scheduled on the 8th of May.

Android P New Features

  • Redefined Material Design
  • New Notification Style for Messages
  • New Transition Animations
  • Media and USB Dialog Changes
  • Pixel Launcher
  • Battery Saver No Longer Shows Orange Warning Bar
  • Google Pixel 2 Always on Display Now Shows Battery Info, Adds Divider Between Time/Notifications
  • Android P Easter Egg and New About Phone Behavior
  • Screenshot Editor
  • Screenshot in Power Menu
  • Text Selection Zoom
  • Scheduled Battery Saver
  • Do Not Disturb Simplification
  • Media Volume By Default
  • Adaptive Brightness Now Actually Changes the Base Brightness
  • Turn Off Hotspot Automatically if No Devices are Connected
  • Rotation can now be Locked to Landscape Mode
  • Multi-Bluetooth HFP/A2DP Support
  • Set Wi-Fi Network as Metered/Unmetered
  • Private DNS (DNS-Over-TLS)
  • Vibration Controls
  • Quickly Disable Animations
  • Last Shown Notifications
  • Feature Flags to Test In-Development Settings

Also check out some of these videos from xda-developers:

New Android P Transition Animations:

New Android P Text Selection Zoom:


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