Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
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Android P embraces the notch as it kills the Nexus

Android P embraces the notch as it kills the Nexus

The biggest change in Android P developer preview is the support for iPhone X-like notch.

Google is officially calling it a "display cutout" and implementing it to accommodate full-screen phones.

Google says that the final release of Android P will come in Q3 2018. It's not a surprise, as a number of Android OEMs like Asus are embracing the notch. Using Android P's new tools, developers can build their apps and experiences so that they respond well to these cutouts and not have to fret about design or information being hidden behind them.

Android P developer preview is now out from Google, and the system images are available for Pixel devices.

As smartphone makers are shifting to two-camera setup, a multi-camera API is included so an Android app can individually request the data from more than one camera sensor at once. It can even enable a "fused camera stream" that auto-switches between two or more cameras. That's when Google will release it to AOSP, which device makers can then use to customize for their own devices.

Moreover, Android P supports more informative alerts of messaging apps.

If they haven't already, the P developer preview images should arrive sometime today, and there are detailed instructions on the download page.

For improved performance, Google has added small changes that control power efficiency in Android, including Doze, Standby and Background Limits. "A new window layout attribute, layoutInDisplayCutoutMode, lets you tell the system how and when lay out your content relative to the cutout area". It also introduced support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol. The technology allows compatible devices to know a users' indoor location by measuring the distance from nearby access points. Hence, you have to manually flash Android P on your device. Replies can also be saved as drafts in Android P should a user mistakenly close the notification.

The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P made their debuts back in 2015, so there's no surprise that they will not be getting the next version of Android when it comes out later this year.

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