Google is again early with its Android Developer Preview release, but at least we get to take a look at what’s coming in terms of features later this autumn in Android P developers preview build.
Android P developers preview
So let’s get started with the changes inside Android P iteration, a version that most of us wont be able to use until the end of 2018, if not in 2019, because of the fragmentation of the OS caused by mobile makers and telecom operators. The only way to test it early is to know a thing or two about flashing ROMs on any smartphone.
The first thing that’s changed in Android P developers preview and is immediately noticeable by our naked eye too, is the more colourful now UI which has circular icons and any panel has slightly rounded corners, especially the notification cards. The way we respond and interact with any notification is now much more pleasant and easier to respond to. See image below.
The second change in the OS is the ability to customize the UI’s top bar around the notch of your device. Yep, they’ve done it! Although we find the “notch” as being a major design flaw, Google decided to listen to its Asian partners and thus introduced the function which will allow developers to create apps with an interface based on the size of the notch. Android P allows one to set the size of the notch from small, to medium, large or none at all.
The third important change thats also visible is the Volume Bar, which now appears on-screen on the right hand side when you push the volume keys, just like the Power menu which now has an extra feature, you can take screenshots when accessed.
The problem with Google’s Android P new UI design, is that it looks a lot like Apple’s UI on iOS, which is not necesarily a bad thing, but it will get Apple fanboys started with the neverending debate on who copies who.
The Battery section in the Settings also received an overhaul, and the Battery Saving Mode has been renamed to Reduced Power Mode, and you schedule when to turn ON or OFF.
Another interesting feature is the Screen Rotation mode, which is now available even on smartphones that run Android P, just turn your phone in Landscape mode and a small icon will show up in the on screen menu which once tapped on it will turn the UI in Landscape mode. This feature will work best on tablets and phablets (devices with a generous screen size).
The Vibration Engine now has its own option by default to control the strength of the vibrations during rings or notifications, which is great because those times when you missed a call because you couldn’t feel or hear the phone ringing in your pocket or bag are over.
And last but not the least change is the Easter egg simbolyzing the letter P, which many believe it stands for Peppermint, but who knows what Google might end up calling it.
For an in-depth look at whats new in Android P, please watch Google’s Android Developers channel video below.