Google Releases First Developer Preview of Android P

Google Releases First Developer Preview of Android P

If you're willing to risk it though, the Android P developer preview images for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL are now live on the Android P dev preview page now.

In addition, the preview adds a new Bluetooth API to allow applications to take control of the device pairing and connection process.

Google is also speeding up the Android Runtime, and adding optimisations for battery life with improvements to Doze, App Standby, and Background Limits.

Those phones got Oreo, but when P comes out in August or September they will be nearly three years old, so what Google is doing is at least consistent with its own policy.

ImageDecoder for bitmaps and drawables - this gives developers easier way to decode images to bitmaps or drawables.

Google Releases First Developer Preview of Android P
Google Releases First Developer Preview of Android P

After checking with Google, we confirmed that this isn't a fluke of the developer preview program-the Nexus 5X, 6P, and Pixel C won't be getting the final release of Android P. While they will still receive monthly security updates, Android 8.1 was the last major Android release for the Nexus phones and Pixel tablet. Google is also making sure that mic, camera, and all SensorManager sensors are not accessed when an app is idle for better privacy.

For this preview, Google is releasing Android Things samples in both Kotlin and Java, such as the Button and LED sample. Jobs can declare their estimated data size, signal prefetching, and specify detailed network requirements. ART now uses profile information for on-device rewriting of DEX files, with reductions up to 11 percent across a range of popular apps. "JobScheduler then manages work according to the network status", the post said.

Other features include analytics for devices activations and update statistics, and the ability to deploy software builds to groups of devices for testing without disrupting production devices.

The first version of Android P 9.0, referred to internally as Pistachio Ice Cream, is now available through the Developer Preview 1.

Open Mobile API for NFC payments and secure transactions: Apps can use the OMAPI API to access secure elements (SE) to enable smart-card payments and other secure services.

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