Google has just released the Android P Developer Preview. Here’s everything about the upcoming Android 9.0 operating system, including when Android P is coming out.
A preview of Android 9.0 will most likely be announced during Google I/O 2018, which is expected to take place in mid-May, potentially 16-18 May 2018. As before with Oreo, the developer preview was announced earlier in March. We expect to see the final consumer release in August 2018
Although Android 9.0 will be released in August 2018, it won’t be immediately available for 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. 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, MI, and HTC will begin rolling out Android 9.0 in late 2018/early 2019.
The first developer preview of Android 9.0, which may allow us to take a look at the functions that could be part of the final version:
- Notch support: Developers can take advantage of dedicated libraries to optimize their apps for the increasingly widespread display indent.
- Multi-Camera API: Developers can stream from two or more cameras simultaneously.
- Improved notifications for messaging apps: Show images, stickers, whole conversations with contact names, suggest quick answers.
- Indoor positioning: With WIFI IEEE 802.11mc support, apps can detect the distance of access points by triangulating the user’s position in indoor environments.
- Open Mobile API for payments with NFC: Developers can securely enable smart card payments.
- Data cost and JobScheduler: The JobScheduler can use operator signals to control and manage pending tasks in case of network congestion.
- ImageDecor: Replaces BitmapFactory and improves support for animated images by providing better decoding, resizing and post-processing.
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) VP9 Profile 2: Support allows you to take advantage of HDR content from apps such as YouTube and Play Movies.
- App Updates: From November 2018, the Play Store will request Android Oreo API 26 or later for apps.
- Background apps: Background apps will not be able to access the microphone, camera, and other sensors automatically to ensure greater security for users and prevent malicious apps from taking covert shots.
- Restricted Non-Public API Access: Developers will need to migrate their apps or request new Android API developers from their team if they are not yet available.
- Automatic compilation optimization.
Generally, Google announces the official name of the Android version via social media in the Summer before the release of the final version. Pineapple is a current favorite among speculators.