What’s NEW in Android P (Developer Preview): Let’s Find Out Here

Google has launched the first Android P Developer Preview, available for download now at developer.android.com. The preview includes an updated SDK with system images for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel  2 XL and the official Android Emulator.

This is the third year that Google has released the first developer preview of the next major Android version months. The first Developer Preview of Android N(Nougat) and Android O(Oreo) arrived in March 2016 and March 2017, respectively.

Google is making the first preview available solely by manual download and flash to emphasize it is for developers only and not intended for daily or consumer use.

Android P
Android P Developer Preview

This is an early look of the next version of Android, which is being referred to as Android P until Google picks a name starting with that letter.

The goal of the first preview is to let developers play with the build early so they can explore new features and APIs for apps, test for compatibility and  can give their feedback.

Here are the highlights for the first Android P Developer Preview: built-in support for display cutouts, a tweaked Quick Settings panel, notification drawer wit rounded corners, messages in notifications, a consistent UI for fingerprint authentication and privacy enhancements to limit what apps can do in the background.

What’s in the box:

DISPLAY CUTOUT SUPPORT: Apps can now take full advantage of latest device screens with full screen content. APIs will let you manage, how your content will be displayed. You can check  the cutout shape and can also request full screen layout around it.

HDR  VP9 Video and HEIF image compression: Android P adds built-in support for HDR VP9 Profile 2. You can deliver HDR-enabled movies to your users from YouTube, play movies and other sources on HDR-capable devices.

MULTI- CAMERA API: You can now access streams simultaneously from two or more physical cameras. The API also lets you call a logical or fused camera stream that automatically switches between two or more cameras.

IMPROVED MESSAGING NOTIFICATIONS: The new MessagingStyle notification style highlights who is messaging and how you can reply. You can show conversations, attach photos and stickers and even suggest smart replies.

There is more to come, this is just the first preview after all.

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