While Android Oreo is continuously rolling out for smartphones, the Google has announced the first developer preview of its next futuristic Android P update. The good news is it seems like Google is too excited to release the new Android OS update sooner than everyone thinks considering Google’s earlier publicising at I/O conference.
What is Android P 9.0?
Since a lot of rumors roaming around online about the upcoming Android P update, people have been started asking on what is Android P? So, let me tell you first that Android P is Google’s new Android OS update version 9.0.
What is full form of Android P? Or what will Android P be called?
Another major question that everyone is wondering about the Android P full form. Well, Google hasn’t announced in developer preview about what P stands for and what is the full form of Android P. some tech giant suggestion that the name could be Android Popsicle, Android Pie, or Android Pi, or Android Pineapple. Among all of these, what is your favorite Android P name?
When will Android P release?
Since Google was too curious to release Android P earlier, They released the Android P developer preview 1 for Google Pixel/Pixel XL and Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL. Other devices will get the update soon. While talking about the first Android P public beta, it is expected to release in May 2018.
Android P (Android 9.0) Features
#1: Impressive Notification Style For Messages
Google has added new notifications style messages in Android P which will show you full images, texts, stickers, and every alert in a systematic manner. Hence, you can simply choose with whom you want to chat or reply. To stop or continue showing notification, you just need to long-press on the notification and select “stop notifications” or “keep showing.”
#2: Smart Reply To All Apps
Well, Google has already provided a preview of the smart reply with the Reply App Beta version. If you have already gotten hands with the Google’s Reply app, then for sure you might be familiar with it. If not, then let me tell that Google has added new smart reply function in Android P which read the incoming messages and give you some common valid quick reply options which you can choose to reply quickly without typing any single word.
#3. New Colourful Settings Menu and Transition Animations
Likewise every new update, Google has tweaked the settings screen and made a more colorful with new icons for network, battery, display and more. Similarly, you will also notice new animation for transitioning while accessing the settings menu.
#4. Notch-Friendly Clock
Since the Android P is organized for notches that may cut into the top display area, it starts showing notification right next to the time. Google has decided to move clock from right side to the left side of Android 9’s top status bar. It will make status bar icons and text more optimized.
#5. Revamped Quick Settings
Well, new colorful settings menu looks great. Additionally, Google has also fully changed the quick settings. It seems Google has cloned the new quick settings menu like MIUI. There you will see rounded off corners and settings icons like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, flash. etc. inside the circle. Once you enable any options, it will turn colored, and when you turn off, it will go grey or normal.
#6. New Screenshot Benefits
As it rumored that Google would make its screenshot features more useful and simple, Google has inbuilt new editing option when you take the screenshot. Hence, you won’t need to install any third party tools. Just take the screenshot and tap new Edit option to customize it. Furthermore, Google has also made it easy screenshot in Android P. You can use the power button to take a screenshot in Android P. Just hold down the power button and select new screenshot option.
#7. Tweaked Volume Controller
Google shifted the volume slider from top to right side of the screen and set the media volume control by default. Hence, when press volume up or down button to adjust the volume or ring, by default, it will control the medial volume. Talking about calling, it separate in calling. So, if you are on call, you can simply raise or low volume through the volume control button.
#8. No More Annoying Battery Saver Mode Bar
With the new Android P, Google has removed the ugly battery saver mode warning bar that showed at the navigation or status bar when you enable it on your Android phone. So, if you activate battery saver mode in Android P, you won’t see any annoying battery saver mode notification at the top of your device.
#9. Smart Zooming Text Selection
Now text selection and editing on Android P have become more improved. In the Android P, Google has added a new text selection zoom features like iOS devices. Hence, when you use the text selector to move or forth through text, you will get better zoom see text while scrolling through texts.
#10. Schedule Battery Saver Mode
It doesn’t matter how much batter life remains on your phone. The new schedule battery saver mode setting allows you to schedule battery saver mode at any percentage you wish. Previously, battery saver mode could only be enabled when the battery life down at 5% to 20% of remaining. But, Google has expanded it in Android P and integrated new slider to select battery percentage you wish to turn on the battery saver mode.
#11. Simply Do Not Disturb
Google also has simplified Do Not Disturb in Android P update. So, it becomes easy for users to use DND to enable and disable quickly. There will be three options shown when you use DND- Until you turn off, for one hour (modify), and until day or time. You just need to simply pull down the quick settings and tap DND options to activate it. Once you tap on it, it will show up as prompt at the center of the screen, and there you can make a selection as per your preference.
#12. Automatically turn off Hotspot
Sometimes people forget to turn off Hotspot even if no device is connected. It drains the battery of the device. So, Google welcomed new hotspot feature which will turn your device’s hotspot automatically off if no devices are connected. It will keep your device’s internet data safe from the third party and keep the battery life good.
#13. Up to 5 Bluetooth HFP/A2DP Support
Google has expanded support for Bluetooth HFP/A2DP in Android P up to 5 multiple devices. Well, you cannot stream every connected device at the same time, you will have to switch through the active and connected device to stream any Bluetooth HFP/A2DP device.
#14. Metered/unmetered Wi-Fi network
If you are mostly using Wi-Fi network that has limited internet data, then you can use Android P’s new Wi-Fi setting to automatically know when your network is metered or about to extinct. You can simply select the network and then tap “treat as metered” or “treat as unmetered”.
#15. Private DNS
In a case, if you are using DNS service (support TLS) that won’t record the domains you visit, here’s the good news for you. With the Android P, you will be able to use new settings that can change to activate a private DNS provider hostname and save it.
#16. iPhone X like “Notch”
As per Bloomberg’s predictions, Google has added space at the cutout on the top just like the iPhone X’s newer Notch. It results, manufacturers will be to integrate the face-scanning technology easily to the upcoming devices. You can enable new Notch by heading to the Settings → Developer options → Simulate a display with a cut-out and then select from None, Narrow display cutout, Tall display cutout and Wide display cutout to see notch at top of the screen.
Well, these all were major Android P feature that showcased in the first Android P developer preview. There are more features rumored to come in the final version of the update. Let’s have a look at these expected Android P features below.
Android P Expected Features
#1. Phone Call Recording
According to latest AndroidHeadline, Android P may support Phone Call Recording feature. Hence, your every conversation will be recorded, and it can be stored in Cloud storage or your local Android device. The sources say that there would be an audible 1400Hz frequency beep alert itself every 15 seconds to both parties to notify that their conversation is being recorded.
#2. Picture-in-Picture Mode for All Apps
Google included picture-in-picture mode in Android Oreo update. But, it was only supported on selected apps. With the Android P, Google is planning to support picture-in-picture mode on every app. Hence, you won’t need to shut down your current work to use any other important stuff. You can simply use PiP mode on Android P to do your important work while the secondary tab is running on your screen.
#3. High-Efficiency Image Format (HEIF)
Likewise, iOS 11’s HEIC file which is also known as HEIF or High-Efficiency Image Format, Google is planning to add to HEIF in the Android P. Hence, you will be able to make Jpeg image for half of their previous size, can store image edits and multiple photos in one file. It also supports 16-bit color and transparency.
#4. How LTE Signal Bar Appear
4G LTE technology has changed the world by proving the fasters internet speed for smartphone users. And now, companies are working to provide the 5G network with more rapid speed. Considering this, Google seems like working on the features to allow carriers decide how the actual signal bar define and show to users in the Android P update. It will work to analyze the current strength of the cell signal in dBm and show the signal bar in the status bar. It will give the idea whether the signal is strong or weak.
#5. More Privacy For The Camera
Google seems like concentrating more on privacy in the next Android P update. According to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), the new Android P update will prevent idle background apps from using your smartphone camera. Hence, if your device’s screen is off, then any other malicious apps cannot take the picture using the camera and cannot capture any picture of you.
#6. Background Apps Won’t Get Mic Access
In Android Oreo, Google set some limit to some background apps, and now with the upcoming Android P update, Google is adding an extra level of protection by preventing idle background apps to accessing your microphone. Hence, if any app tries to get access your microphone, your device will use an empty command. So, the new Android P will come with best secures features.
#7. Enhanced Google Assistant
It seems like Google is making its Google Assistant smarter, faster, and better compare to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. Some tech giants claim that Google will expand Assistant to third-party developers like Alexa. It results, you will be able to command Google Assistant to act for other non-Google Apps. Hence, we will see the space-age Google Assistant in the Android 9 update.
#8. Use Your Phone as Bluetooth Keyboard or Mouse
Have you ever thought you could use your smartphone as keyboard or mouse of your computer? If so, then this futuristic technology would be rumored to integrate into upcoming Google ecosystem. Hence, you will soon be able to control your computer or laptop with your mobile touch. So, are you excited about this new feature?
#9. Blocking Calls From Unknown, Private, and Pay Phone Numbers
With then next Android P 9.0 update, there have been rumors roaming around that the new update may come with new default phone dialer app which will allow users to unknown numbers, private numbers, pay phones, or any numbers. Furthermore, you can also set limit who is allowed to call you. There will be one catch to use this feature that it will be possible with your carrier’s permission.
Which Devices Will Get Android P Support First?
Well, Google has already released the first Android P developer Pixel devices. There has also been rumors roaming around that Google and Samsung will join hands and release the Android 9.0 for the Galaxy S9/S9 Plus and Note 9 as well. So, these devices will get first Android P support earlier than expected.
There are more tech sites have been talking about upcoming Android P features. The Techadvisor says that the Android 9.0 will support Wi-Fi Direct Printing support and Bluetooth hearing aids. As Android devices are going bezel-less, we might see the new user-friendly interface and deep integration of the voice assistant with your Android. Well, XDA says that Google May remove access to hidden APIs in Android P and allowing some of the function that has been restricted.
For now, this was all we had about the upcoming Android 9.0 aka Android P update. We will update the post as per the arrival of any new information about the new Android P update. Well, did you like these new Android P features? What else you want to see on Android 9.0 update? Just comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.