Google releases first Android P preview, adds fantastic new features

Google releases first Android P preview, adds fantastic new features

Indoor Positioning with Wi-Fi RT - Android P adds platform support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol-also known as Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time (RTT)-to let you take advantage of indoor positioning in your apps.

For improved performance, Google has added small changes that control power efficiency in Android, including Doze, Standby and Background Limits. Keep in mind that this update is intended for developers to get their apps ready for Android P and may be buggy, so you may not want to install the update on your daily driver.

Display cutout support - Android P offers support for the latest edge-to-edge screens with display cutout for camera and speaker. Google will also bring changes to the messaging notifications with rich content like smart replies and image previews.

To attain access to this first build of the developer preview for Android P, head over to Android Developers and download the correct system image.

However, now that Android P is here, we can officially conclude that Google is looking towards the future of mobile.

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The new OS would also have built-in support for more video and image codecs, including HDR VP9 Profile 2 and HEIF (heic).

Android P introduces great new features and capabilities for users and developers.

Google Lens now stays exclusive to Android. However, as the assistant spreads to more devices, user should be access the new feature. (If you don't own one of the aforementioned phones, you can still check it out via an Android emulator.) You can find step-by-step instructions here.

Google has announced that its advanced visual search engine software that allows smartphone cameras to read text and recognize objects and landmarks, named Google Lens, is coming to all Android smartphones utilizing the Google Photos app. The feature set also includes support for atypical displays, such as the ones with the notch. The app made its debut during the 2017 Google I/O conference. One of the biggest change is that Google will be restricting the use of sensors, cameras, and mic when the app goes idle. If you don't know what that means, then it's a good sign you need to wait until Google opens up its normal Android public beta program later this year.

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