Later this summer, the complete version of Android P would be launched. But as of now, Android P Beta 3 was released few days back, which seems to be almost similar to the final version.
This news was clarified in a blog post, by Dave Burke, who is the Google Engineering Vice President.
It is also referred to as the Developer Preview 4. This Beta version doesn’t bring out any new features altogether, rather it comes with a polished version of Android P with many bug fixes. This can be tested by the users as well as it gives the developers an early access to host the software’s new features.
These are the supported devices as of now – Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Pixel and Pixel XL, Essential Phone, Sony Xperia XZ2, OnePlus 6, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, and Vivo X21.
What are the features of Android P?
Below, we mention the features of the upcoming Android P, which is a combination of the updates of all the three beta versions.
Adaptive battery –
This is a new software/system that uses the goodness of machine learning in order to ensure that the battery life is extended. It also has an improved Battery Saver app.
Compared to the previous Android versions, this version would have an interesting upgrade with notifications. Users could not only view messages on the notification slide, but can also reply, send media, etc.
Controversial Phone Notches –
The Android P has features which now support the controversial phone notches as shown in the image.
Your new phones might look odd with many lenses but with this multi-camera API can give you a nice, real-time effect on your pictures.
Additionally, there’s optical image stabilization timestamps squeezed in, which will make editing, adding effects and, of course, stabilizing the image much easier to do within apps. It also offers screenshot editing.
Zoom Lens –
This is a copy of the Apple feature. It basically helps in larger viewing of the text you had selected, i.e. it zooms in among almost all the apps.
This feature tells you how much time you have spent on a certain app, including messaging and phone calls. You can also set limits to the screen time of certain apps and few apps like YouTube have an option to remind you to have break.
This is similar to widgets, wherein the app developers could use its API within the Android to create contextual suggestions based on usage. For example – If you search for a Lyft, an option would allow you to book a car directly.
Navigation bar –
With the updated Home gesture, you’ll see your home button replaced with a small pill-shaped icon at the bottom of the screen. You can swipe up to access apps or see all open apps. It will also serve as a slider to help with navigation.
ML Kit –
ML Kit allows developers to use the camera for face detection, landmark recognition, text recognition, and a host of other recognition features.
Wind Down mode –
With this, you could inform Google Assistance when you’re sleeping or when you don’t want to be disturbed. This then puts the phone to Do-Not-Disturb mode automatically making the screen gray-scale.
App Actions –
With App Actions, your phone will use A.I. not just to select apps, but to make contextual suggestions based on your usage.
New Google Maps –
Google Maps would now allow the clear/precise locations of indoor places such as malls. It has an added support for “Wi-Fi Round Trip Time (RTT)” which allows indoor positioning via Wi-Fi.
There are various new gestures that can come handy to the users. Few are – Turning over the phone for Silence mode, Holding Power and Volume-Up button to prevent ringing, etc.
Are you excited?
Well you could download the Android P Beta 3 by enrolling here (only for the selected devices) or you could wait till August for the final version to be rolled out.