Google has dropped the first developer preview of Android P a week before and it’s finally here for all you tinkerers, enthusiasts, and of course, the developers.This is a developer preview, it’s not meant for daily or consumer use. Instead, it’s meant for the developers so that they can start developing their apps that would be compatible with Android P when it’s officially released to all the users.
- Moreover, don’t expect this developer preview to be as smooth as the official builds of other versions of Android, as it will, in all likelihood, have several bugs that will surely be ironed out in the upcoming releases of the developer preview.We already came across reports of Google adding support for display cutouts (or notch, as many would like to call) a couple of weeks ago. But Google has finally confirmed that it’s adding support for display cutouts with Android P.
There are already some Android smartphones in the market right now that have Apple iPhone X-like notches, and, the number of Android smartphones coming with such cutouts and notches is only going to increase this year, hence, it was only a matter of time that Google added native support for this in Android.
-Another feature Google has introduced with Android P is Indoor Positioning. This feature will make use of IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol (aka Wi-Fi Round Trip Time) to let the apps measure the distance to a nearby Wi-Fi Access Points and determine the position indoors with an accuracy of 1 to 2 meters.Google says that with this feature and this kind of accuracy, you can “build new experiences like in-building navigation; fine-grained location-based services
Most important part is you will need Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 or the Pixel 2 XL to be able to check out Android P. Yes, this also means that Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P won’t be getting any new Android version updates.
AND Google hasn’t revealed the exact date of the release of Android P to all users, however, it did say we should expect the final version to drop sometime in Q3 of this year.