Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
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Android P announced by Google

Android P announced by Google

Google has announced the first developer preview of Android P is now available bringing several new features include support for devices with a notched display. Additionally, messaging apps can now show images in notifications, save replies as drafts when the notification is closed, and use suggested replies like the full messaging app. HEIF is a popular format for photos that improves compression to save on storage and network data.

ImageDecoder for bitmaps and drawables - this gives developers easier way to decode images to bitmaps or drawables. We've added display cutout into the platform, along with APIs that you can use to manage how your content is displayed. Speaking of which, the app drawer also looks different, although I'm not sure if this is due to Android P being as new as it is or not. This is no doubt thanks to Apple and the manufacturers of Android devices who are choosing to copy that design feature. Carriers can report networks as being congested or unmetered and JobScheduler then manages work according to the network status. The added acceleration via Qualcomm's Hexagon DSP "Vector eXtensions" should significantly improve performance for developers as well. As is the case with all developer previews installing the software by manually flashing the system images should be done with caution if you aren't used to the process, and it's important to backup any data you want to save as manually flashing the system image for Android P or any software will wipe the device just as it would with a factory data reset.

Additionally, Autofill improvements will offer better compatibility with password managers, and an implementation of the Open Mobile API will better support secure mobile payments. See all the details on what's new here. Those without a Pixel device can use the Android emulator to test their Android apps. A hardware abstraction layer (HAL) provides the underlying API for enumerating a variety of Secure Elements (eSE, UICC, and others).

But that's still not all. Images for the preview are available here for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Final APIs will follow in preview 3 in June, with the next two builds being release candidates in June and July.

The third quarter runs from July 1 through September 30.

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