While Android P debuted in March early this year, it is currently in Developer preview mode and there is still no official ETA in sight for the stable version of Android’s newest iteration. However, a new report has surfaced today suggesting August 20 will be the debut date of the new version. This does match the previous launch date of Android Oreo which was on August 21 last year, hence the report could be accurate.
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The report comes from tipster Evan Blass who is usually accurate with his tips on these matters. Currently, Android P Developer Previews are already available for a handful of non-Pixel devices like the Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, Vivo X21 UD, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. This is the first time Google has opened the gates for devices other than its own to run developer previews.
Google has already said earlier that the Nexus line will be exempt from the new Android Pistachio or Pie (whatever it ends up being called). This means the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C won’t be able to enjoy the latest sweet serve from Google.
As for what’s new in Android P, the very first thing that comes to mind is notches. Yup, Google is going to officially support notches of different sizes on Android P. It makes sense since every other Android smartphone comes with a notch. Other features include gestures, Adaptive Battery which is essentially AI-powered battery saving feature, hopefully, faster updates hereafter due to Project Treble.