We all expected Android P to arrive earlier this year, well Google made it released in the first week of March 2018. Android P is here while Android Oreo is managed to get into less than 2 percent of all Android smartphones out there. But that is a different story to talk about!. Now let’s talk about Android P. I know you have the question “What does the P stands for?”. Android Pie? Android Pancake?, Android Peanut butter?? It’s not known to us so far. Anyways we are more interested in the top new Android P features and changes and let us find what all are worth talking about.

Visual changes

First and foremost Android P brings a lot of visual changes. if you look at the home screen it is very similar to Android Oreo. but there are a lot of changes. As it is customary for every new Android version, the quick settings have received a complete makeover with nice rounded buttons for all the toggles that now look really like iOS. To be frank there won’t be any complaints to this change because it is just perfect. Although the looks have changed, everything else works the same.

Also, notifications in Android P received quite a revamp as well. The notifications now sport a clean minimal look with rounded corners all over the place. But that’s not everything!. If notifications have any images along with, it will be able to display along with notification itself, making it much easier to see what somehas sent without opening the app.

Notifications in Android P also has native support for smart replies for messaging apps. If the developer implemented the save replies option, makes it more useful.

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We also see a new redesigned settings page, a change that is constantly seen in every major android updates. This time around, the settings have colored icons all over the place. They give a refreshing feel to what was otherwise a blue and white vaselines.

Another interesting change: Android P will block custom overalys making substratum them useless. But the settings page on android P is almost an exact replica of Flux Substratum theme! Well played Google.

There are also changes in the way Android P handles animations. Moving between apps now has a side to side animation that looks very iPhone X like.

Support Notches

Android P has display cut-out support, which is just a fancy way of saying “notch support”. It seems like Google has accepted that Android phones will have notches on the display.  The developer preview even lets you visualize what different notches will look like and how  the app interacts with them.

Screenshot Editor

Yet another useful feature that android fans have been asking for a very long time. Thanksfully, android P has a screenshot editor built right in the OS itself. It is called markup, a very basic editor that lets you crop, rotate, or doodle on your screenshot. It is very similar to the screenshot tool that in iOS 11.

Lockdown feature

If you have a friend or a roommate who is not trustworthy and tries to sneak into your phone occasionally while you sleep using your password or fingerprint, this feature is built for you on mind. What it does is simple. Just turn the feature ON, and your phone will not unlock even if someone tries to use your finger to unlock it while you’re sleeping. It is basically something that locks your fingerprint scanner. That is awesome and definitly something that people will use.

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Changes to low power mode

Moving on to more changes in Android P,  the low  power mode is sort of going to confuse you as the same feature in two different names. It’s called “Reduced power mode” in the battery settings and battery saver in the quick settings toggle. More importantly, battery saver can be set to automatically activate while on any battery value between 5 and 70 percent.

Multi-Camera Support

Android P will let developers use what Google is calling multiple camera API. This opens up new creative ideas for dual camera phones like accessing the camera feed from both the sensors at the same time or getting a seamless zoom or even for getting stereoscopic shots from smartphones having the dual camera. Surely, this will interest many developers to play around and develop some amazing apps.

Other changes

Some of these changes are not major but worth sharing. Here’s are them

  • Power menu has a screenshot button which is actually handy.
  • The app info page keeps the uninstall and force close button hidden in the 3-dot menu.
  • Media button changes the media volume by default instead of ringer volume which is definitely a lifesaver.
  • A simplified “Do not disturb” mode.

Developer-specific changes

If you are a developer, Android P brings a tonne of features for you as well. First and foremost, apps in the background can no longer access the camera, mic or any of the other sensors of your phone which is great for privacy reasons.

Improvements have been made to Android runtime which results in better app performance and lower resource usage.

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Apps can now use WiFi, RTT to calculate their indoor positions. Autofill now has better support for third-party apps. Finally, there are some power-related changes within the update.

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