Google has released a preview for developers of Android P, the next version of its mobile operating system.The release came just days after journalist Evan Blass announced that the company should release it in mid-March and follows Google’s tradition of releasing the first version of the new Androids in the third month of the year.
One of the most notable changes that this first version of Android P brings is the support for “fringes” on the front of the smartphone screen. This change is important for applications to work well on Android phones that copy iPhone X design, such as Zenfone 5. Otherwise, the Android quick settings menu also comes with a new face, and the notification bar has rounded corners.
Otherwise, Message applications such as WhatsApp will also be able to show several of the latest messages sent directly in notifications without the need to expand the notification.As you’d expect from a preview for developers, most of the news in this release is geared toward developers of apps for the operating system.
These include a dual-camera-specific API, support for more video and image codecs, and the restriction of camera and microphone access for apps running in the background. More details about the novelty can be read directly on the website through which Google has released the new version of the operating system.
How to get:
As it is a very early version of the new system, Android P is only available for the moment for mobile phones Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Installation must be done manually from a specific download link for each device. The links can be seen on this page.
As The Verge notes, the new version of the operating system should be quite unstable. For this reason, it is not recommended to install this version on the phone that you use in everyday life, as it may have very serious bugs. Google seems to be especially aware of this situation, as this time even released a Wi-Fi update to the preview for developers of the new Android.
According to the site, Google should release a beta (and more stable) version of Android P by May. But unfortunately, the chance that your current Android phone will receive this new version is quite small – for now, only about 1% of the Android devices in the world have Android Oreo (the latest version), and a good part of them runs versions of Android older than three years old.