Most smartphones are still far from getting their Android 8.0 Oreo update, but Google is now in the early development stages of Android P.
Just recently, the company launched the Android P Developer Preview as a quick teaser for the apps and software developers. Android hasn’t revealed the official meaning of the word “P” yet, but we’re pretty sure they’ll use the mystery again to accumulate hype.
Going back, this developer preview gives us a peek at what the next Android version will have and what it would look like.
For those who are wondering, yes, Android P will indeed have a “Display Cutout API”. This will provide official support to the manufacturers who are replicating the iPhone X’s display notch on their current or future devices.
Moving on, we can also expect some improvements in the notifications section and messaging experience. According to the changelog, the notifications tab can now display an image. For example, if you receive a notification like “Mark sent a photo”, the next version of Android may immediately show the actual photo sent.
Android P will also offer further support to multi-camera setups, security enhancements, Indoor Positioning using WiFi RTT, and HEIF Image compression for smaller picture file sizes that doesn’t degrade quality.
The Android P Developer Preview is now available and it’s compatible with the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.