Android “P” is the upcoming 9th major version of the Android operating system. It was first announced by Google on March 7, 2018, and the first developer preview was released on the same day. The second preview, considered beta quality, was released on May 8, 2018. The third preview (known as Beta 2) was released on June 6, 2018. ( Android P Beta 2 Is Live,Android P,Android Oreo,Android )
Features Of Android P :
1. Google’s Trying To Squeeze As Much Juice As Possible Out Of Your Battery :
It seems like Google’s always trying to find ways to maximize your phone’s battery life as much as possible, and with Android P, those efforts are present in a new Adaptive Battery mode.
Similar to how Adaptive Brightness automatically adjusts your display’s brightness level based on your environment and usage, Adaptive Battery will examine how you use your phone and limit CPU usage to apps you infrequently use.
Google notes that Adaptive Battery can lower CPU usage by as much as 30%, and thanks to the use of Machine Learning, it’ll only get better the more you use your phone.
2. App Shortcuts Are Everywhere :
App Actions will try to determine what you’ll do next with your phone and give you recommend shortcuts for doing so within the app drawer, Assistant, and more. For example, if you watch Good Mythical Morning each day with breakfast, you might see an App Shortcut in your app drawer for searching Rhett and Link on YouTube during the morning. ( Android P Beta 2 Is Live,Android P,Android Oreo,Android )
On the other hand, Slices will allow you to perform more complex actions from the Assistant or Google Search. In the example Google gave at I/O, searching “I want to book a ride” will give you a special link to call a ride home via Lyft (assuming you’ve got the app installed).
3. 157 New Emoji :
In Developer Preview 3, Google added a ton of new emojis to keep your conversations bright and colorful — 157 of them, to be exact.
Although we won’t run through the entire list, some of the highlights include red hair, superhero, face with three hearts, bagel with cream cheese, mooncake, lobster, and llama.
There are also improvements to existing emoji, including two new gender-neutral family and couple designs and updated looks for the bacon, salad, turtle, and cricket emojis. ( Android P Beta 2 Is Live,Android P,Android Oreo,Android )
4. A New Standard For Biometric Authentication :
Fingerprint sensors and face unlock systems make it easier than ever to access private information on our phones, and in Android P Developer Preview 3, Google added a brand-new standard for this called “BiometricPrompt API.”
Thanks to the new API, developers no longer have to create their own dialog for using biometric systems with their apps. This isn’t something you’ll notice in day-to-day use, but it’s an important background change we’re more than happy to see.
All The Little Things :
In addition to the big changes found in Android P, there are a ton of smaller elements also scattered throughout the update. Some of my favorites include:
- Built-in screenshot editor
- Zoom pop-up when highlighting text
- Changing the volume now defaults to your media volume
- Volume controls appear on the right of your screen instead of the top
- Do Not Disturb is more customizable and easier to understand.
Android P Gestures :
- Open Recent Apps: Short Swipe up from the bottom, and you’ll see recent apps swipe down to reach home. However, if you swipe down from the app screen, this opens up that application.
- Open App Drawer: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and swipe up again, this opens up the App Drawer. Alternatively, you may also long swipe up from home screen to open app drawer in one swipe.
- Switch Between Apps: There are two ways to do that –
- On recent apps screen, you may either swipe left or right from the middle of the screen and then swipe down to open that app,
- On the other hand, you may also drag the home button left to right to get a preview of all the recent apps, keep dragging the home button while holding it, and release it on the app which you want to open.
- Switch to Previous Apps: Swipe right from the bottom of home screen. It simply switches you to the previous apps.
- Minimize apps on Android P: When you have any app open, simply touch the home button, or swipe up from the bottom of the screen and then tap the home button. ( Android P Beta 2 Is Live,Android P,Android Oreo,Android )
- Close Apps on Android: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and then drag the app stack upwards.