Google Releases Android P First Developer Preview (DP1), Download available

The new build reportedly comes with many changes, but as of now, these changes are only useful to Android developers.

Android P supports a couple of new formats like HDR VP9, media API's and also the HEIF image compression (the one used by iOS). Since the iPhone X launch, dozens of Android vendors have copied the notch including Asus and Huawei.

Interestingly, Google is offering native support for screen cutouts and notches that so many smartphone manufacturers are trying to imitate. Developers will have to make sure that everything looks neat even with a notch when creating their apps. To begin the aspect of the notifications, it will change as smart responses could arrive, similar to those we have seen in Gmail.

That last one is where most of the everyday, customer-facing improvements lie: there's a revamped visual interface and a new MessagingStyle tool that highlights who is messaging and how you can reply.

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There will also be multi-camera support. Google says that pairing this new API with dual front or rear cameras will allow you to enable some trick effects like seamless zoom and stereo vision. This means Android P will let apps take advantage of the entire 18:9 aspect ratio screen smartphones along with a cutout for the camera and the speaker. It also brings indoor positioning via Wi-Fi RTT which is also known as 802.11mc. Hence, you have to manually flash Android P on your device.

Also, while it's not officially confirmed quite yet, DP2 should also see Android P open up as a public beta that anyone can access if they so choose. The company's shared a ton of technical details about the OS in a blog post, and is planning to reveal more user-facing additions at its annual Google I/O conference in May this year. This year seems no different as Google has introduced first developer preview of Android P.

Finally, oogle has warned developers that Android P will warn users when they install applications adapted for versions prior to Android 4.2 to force them to update their SDK. The system in Android P will restrict an app running in the background from accessing the microphone or camera, sensors which use continuous reporting mode like accelerometers and gyroscopes.

  • Arturo Norris