Yup, the rumours were true. Android P will indeed include support for displays with a “camera cutout” or in normal parlance, the notch. Late last night, Google revealed in its Android blog that the first developer preview of Android P is now available for everyone.
Before I talk about the new and cool features of Android P, let me warn you: don’t go installing the software on your Pixel smartphones yet. The blog clearly warns, “This initial release is for developers only and not intended for daily or consumer use, so we’re making it available by manual download and flash only.”
Salient features of the new Android P software:
- New user interface for settings and quick settings. It has rounded corners and more colourful icons.
- Messages inside notifications are now displayed in a new style with support for showcasing full conversations as stickers or images.
- The battery saver no longer shows that annoying orange warning sign anymore. Phew!
- There’s now a built-in screenshot editor.
- Minor changes to the status bar with the clock being moved to the right side on top of the display. XDA believes that it has been moved to a new location to accommodate the notch design.
- XDA suggests that Google will call the UI change Material Design 2.
- You can now schedule the battery saver to function according to your preference.
- Support for HDR VP9 Profile 2, so that developers can deliver HDR-enabled movies, for devices with HDR-enabled screens.
- Support for HIEF image encoding format, which is evidently better than JPEG. For this feature, it looks like Android is following Apple iOS’ footsteps.
- Support for multi-camera API. This means that developers can now make use of dual cameras on a phone for seamless zoom, bokeh, and stereo vision.
- Accurate indoor positioning using Wi-Fi RTT.
We’ve already flashed one of our test Pixel units with the Android P OS, so stay tuned for more updates and a full video detailing all the changes by Sreehari on our YouTube channel.