Google Previews Android P, Notch Support Included

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Before then, we'll get five developer previews. We are likely to see Google release the Android P public beta in the next few weeks. Even the official name of the Android P will be revealed during its final release. Pixel 2 devices will also have support for Qualcomm's Hexagon HVX driver, giving developers further improvements in performance on those devices.

Support for Display Cutout.

Building software to account for this design choice can be a hassle for developers, so Google's Android P will include new "display cutout" tools that can make apps notch-friendly, the company said in a blog post.

Additionally, there are major advancements to power saving, privacy (apps that are idle won't have default access to the microphone, camera or other sensors), more media support for images, music and videos and better backup encryption.

As expected, Android P brings support for the notch, something that Apple popularized with the iPhone X and is now being widely embraced by Android OEMs.

Google released the upcoming version of Android P earlier today for the developer community to start testing. The app can get the accuracy of 1 to 2 meters by connecting to at least three Wi-Fi Access Points. Just like any other phone maker, Google wants to launch handsets with interesting new features that give it a slight edge over the competition. Recently, Google Photos also got an update, courtesy which users could turn their pictures into themed movies.

After seeing this story go around, I was immediately curious if this could be leveraged on a Chromebook. The first developer preview for Android P is now available for download.

The API in the preview version also allows developers to select either a logical or "fused camera stream" which switches automatically between multiple cameras. You can head over to the Source link at the end of the article for more detailed information. As for developers, they are being told that a warning box will appear whenever a user downloads an app that is aimed at devices running Android 4.2 or lower. According to statistics from Google, in February of 2018 on Android versions 4 and 5 work 42% of all devices connecting to Google Play.

Google seems to be firmly focusing on its AI and Machine learning by introducing this Lens feature to all the Android phones via Google Photos app.

While Android 8.1 Oreo and even the original Android 8.0 release were mainly small maintenance releases, P is a lot more. Android P has chosen some specific hardware (for now, maybe): the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

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