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Android P final release coming Q3 2018

08 March 2018

Since it's a developer preview, we're not getting a ton of information about consumer-facing features, there is a lot of detail on what new features and technologies developers will be able to take advantage of in their apps when the next version of Android arrives later this year. We first saw notches on phones like the iPhone X and Essential Phone past year and it looks like many Android device makers plan on embracing the notch with their 2018 smartphones, so adding official support in Android P is a smart move by Google.

Neural Networks API 1.1: Support for nine new ops - Pad, BatchToSpaceND, SpaceToBatchND, Transpose, Strided Slice, Mean, Div, Sub, and Squeeze. Additionally, messaging apps can now show images in notifications, save replies as drafts when the notification is closed, and use suggested replies like the full messaging app. Android P also adds support for multi-camera API which will allow users to access streams simultaneously from two or more physical cameras on the device.

It is possible to avoid having your device data wiped but you'll need to wait until Google starts making the first developer preview available as an OTA, which it might not do and instead decide to wait until the second developer preview build and beyond. If you're new to this sort of update for the software, Google has a handy guide for flashing system images that lays out all the instructions which are posted on the download page, so as long as you follow the steps given things should be fine. JobScheduler then manages work according to the network status.

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Google today released the first Android P Developer Preview.

Optimized Kotlin: Improved several compiler optimizations, especially those that target loops, to extract better performance.

Developers can find out more by checking out the Android P Developer site right now.

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Power efficiency: Doze, App Standby, and Background Limits have been refined to further improve battery life.

Privacy for users: Access to microphone, camera, and all SensorManager sensors from apps that are idle will be restricted.

Google is asking developers to make their app compatible with Android P so that their users can expect a seamless transition when they upgrade.

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Android P final release coming Q3 2018