Android P developer preview is now available — here’s what’s new

Android 9.0 | Android P developer preview : As it has for the last couple years, Google is releasing a developer preview of the next version of Android in March. Before you ask we don’t know name behind the “Android P” or Android P developer preview. In the meantime, developers with a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL can download and flash the Android P developer preview on their devices today and can also install the emulator on their computer. But again: Google is clear that “this initial release is for developers only and not intended for daily or consumer use,” so don’t be surprised if there are some show-stopping bugs in this first release. Google’s emphasizing that concern by not releasing an over-the-air version of this Android P Android 9.0 preview.

Android 9.0

What will Android 9.0  be called?

Big G is referring to Android P as Pistachio Ice Cream, according to recent reports. Now that isn’t a bad moniker, but it’s nothing more than an internal code name the firm is using for correspondence pertaining to the next major version of Android – our money’s on either Parfait, Pecan Pie or Popsicle for the final consumer build. Or Pancake, Penna Cotta, Pavlova, Peanut Brittle, Peanut Butter, Peda, Peppermint, Pie, Pineapple, Pumpkin Pie, Popover, Pop-Tart, Praline, Pandoro or Poached Pear.

The (sweet, sweet) possibilities are endless.

  • Donut (v1.6)
  • Eclair (v2.0)
  • Froyo (v2.2)
  • Gingerbread (v2.3)
  • Honeycomb (v3.0)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0)
  • Jelly Bean (v4.1)
  • KitKat (v4.4)
  • Lollipop (v5.0)
  • Marshmallow (v6.0)
  • Nougat (v7.0)
  • Oreo (v8.0)

Here are a few of the notable changes for developers for ‘Android P developer preview:

  • “Android P restricts access to mic, camera, and all Sensor Manager sensors from apps that are idle.” If an app is in the background and not active, they won’t be able to access your microphone. This is a huge bummer for Facebook-is-listening-to-you conspiracy theorists.
  • Google is also going to start “a gradual process to restrict access to selected non-SDK interfaces.” That’s code for “use the public APIs that we have created for Android or maybe someday your app won’t work” (not an actual quote). The company is taking this one slowly and is encouraging developers to reach out if their app isn’t covered.
  • multi-camera API so an Android app can individually request the data from more than one camera sensor at once. So for phones that have two cameras on the back, there will be a standard way for apps to more granularly control them.
  • Better Auto fill, which should make it easier for password managers to enter your password for you so you aren’t constantly doing a switch-apps-and-copy-and-switch-apps-and-paste dance.

Android 9.0

  • Google is also warning developers that Android P is going to start throwing up warning boxes at users when they install apps that “targets a platform earlier than Android 4.2.” Basically, if you’re not using a recent SDK for your app, Google will make you feel bad by making your users distrust your app a little. It’s also going to expect that apps submitted to the Google Play store target Android Oreo in November and, in 2019, that they support 64-bit hardware.
  • Support for WI-FI RTT (Round-Trip-Time), which allows apps to get indoor positioning data down to a meter or two. It works by measuring the distance to various Wi-Fi access points in Android P developer preview.
  • Changes to the bits that control power efficiency in Android, including Doze, Standby, and Background Limits. The Job Scheduler also is getting smarter about understanding the device’s network state and batching apps network requests together. Apps that want to fetch data in the background will need to be test against all of that.

When will my phone get Android 9.0?

Although Android 9.0 releasing in August 2018, it won’t be immediately available to all Android devices. The update will first be available to Google Pixel devices, and then we’ll start to see new phones arriving with Android P out of the box at September’s IFA 2018 show.

Android 9.0

Android update are roll out by phone manufacturers and network operators rather than Google itself. Because any Android updates must first be tweak to work with any customization they have made.

Those with vanilla interfaces – such as Nokia, which has already confirmed Android P updates for all 2017 phones. Will be among the first to roll out the update. Then the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC will begin rolling out Android 9.0 in late 2018/early 2019.

OTA updates. When they do arrive, are expect to download and install less data thanks to Google’s Brotli compression algorithm.

We’ll have a ton more coverage for Android P as soon. We’ve had a chance to spend some time with it. Starting today we can actually install the OS. Eyeball every single pixel, and pore over the developer documents, so stay tuned!

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