What’s new in the upcoming Android P?
While only 1.1% of users are currently enjoying the goodness of Android Oreo, Google has already offered a sneak peek of their next version of Android, the Android P. The early release of Google’s next update is freshly available for developers to prepare their app for the latest and greatest. Although there are lots of smalls features to be seen in the developer preview of Android P, we take a look at some the major tweaks and changes.
Android Oreo certainly handles your notifications well but Google has made improvements to its next update. The notification panel now shows images as opposed to now. This change will dramatically change the way we look at our notifications. Likewise, the notification change will also now allow developers to integrate quick reply onto their messaging apps — just like Google’s new Reply app. You can also see that the quick setting icons have more of a round look, and it looks like Google is heavily focusing on this theme.
Improved Google Maps – Can be used for indoor navigation
Google Maps is most probably your go-to app for navigation purpose. Although the app has been giving us a pretty accurate direction while driving and walking, it’s about to change now. The update will now allow users to navigate inside large indoor places like malls. This will also add support for Wi-Fi Round Trip Time, allowing for a more exact position of WiFi through crowded places.
Refined Battery Life
The worrisome about the battery life on today’s phone is nothing new. And Google is heartily trying to improve it through software updates. The Android P will be a little bit more power efficient than the Oreo. Google has stated that they will be refining its existing features like Doze. It’s good to know that Google is at least trying from their side. However, only time will show the changes and refinements made by Google.
Alongside refinements on battery life, the Android P will also bring improved security. The next iteration of Android will now improve the way it asks for fingerprint authentication. The Android P will make you more conscious about whether the software itself is asking for your authentication or anything else. Google’s also informing app developers to use TLS encryption as they will be blocking any data being received from HTTP servers.
Android P will also offer users improvements over its privacy feature. The OS will now stop access to the phone’s camera, microphone, and camera. On top of that, idle apps won’t be able to access these sensors at any cost. This new feature will surely offer users a peace of mind.
That Notch Though!
It looks like the legend of the notch will continue. Android P now offer developers an option to adjust their apps according to the notch on a device. This will allow developers to program their apps to ignore those “notch” completely. That said, Google has implemented various notch inside the developer preview. It’s a new trend after all.