Top 5 features changes on Android P Developer Preview

by Ajesh Joy

on April 5, 2018

Google had recently released its first developer preview of the latest software – “Android P”. The OS still lacks some of its core features, and yet there are so many things that will amaze you as a developer. Talking about challenges, one feature that has caught everybody’s eye is the full-body embrace of the notch.

Although it is not much of a change at all, Android P will now manage the status bar to match the height of the notch cut out and allows developers to control the content displaying on notch which changes the perspective of Android Mobile App development completely.

Other features like notification, Google Maps, Setting Pulldown menu have undergone a transformation which adds to user’s accessibility.

Here is a list of top 5  features that have been added or transformed in latest Google Android P

1. New Settings Pulldown

The Android Setting Pulldown has gone under a serious makeover with Android P release, now it comes with minimized quick settings menu. Now, when you swipe down the quick setting menu you will see the same rounded corners as of the latest notifications.

Icons change, based on the user’s action. This change has given the quick setting menu a much more finished look, which was at times messy.

2. Improved Notifications

Notification cards are now rounded on the corners which are separated by a simple line. Notifications are now much more minimalistic in appearance and matched with the rest of the design. Another exciting feature is of contact images and profile pictures showing the notification.

Smart replies such as AI recommendations for replies in Google’s Reply app and Gmail smart reply features are now integrated natively into the notification on messaging apps.

4. Notch Simulator

Android P’s headline feature support for the ‘display cutout’ is the buzz of the industry. During Android Application Development, it allows the developers to trigger a full-screen mode experience around the notch.

Now developers will be able to move their content around the ears. Google gives you options of the notch to see how apps react to the different cut-outs.

3. Indoor Positioning

In Android P, Google will now be able to use a new Wi-Fi Protocol, 801.11mc – Wi-Fi RTT which will allow it to scale the time taken for a Wi-Fi signal to each device from a few access points. This calculation of the distance from a few access points will allow you to triangulate a client’s device location, with this it will be able to navigate you much better.

Google Maps is one of the best Navigation App found around, with this new feature it will now be able to give you precision within one or two meters. It is highly secure as you don’t need to connect to a Wi-Fi network to use RTT, also it will allow more context-aware smart commands like ‘turn off this light’.

5. Screenshot Editor

Coming with a built-in screenshot editor called “Markup”, Android P allows you to crop and doodle on screenshots following the iOS 11 suite. The feature is quite like the feature rolled out in Google App last month it comes with image editing, cropping, rotating, doodles, colors etc.

What makes Android P screenshot editor feature different is, in it, you can get started with editing your screenshot directly and access Markup from screenshot notification.

It comes with an edit button below the notification and access all the markup features directly and saves them. It is all about connecting the process of taking the screenshot, editing it and sharing it- it streamlines the whole process.

While there is lot more that is to be revealed, with what we have today we can say Android P is all about enhancing the user experience of accessing device feature. It intelligently brings solutions to otherwise 2-3 step processes into a single tap function. It is all about bringing functionality to Android P.

 

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