Google releases first Android P preview, adds awesome new features

Google releases first Android P preview, adds awesome new features

They say that the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P are fine phones and Google should have supported them with the Android P.

While developers are getting their hands on the first beta of Android P, there's something else we need to talk about.

The fate of the final Nexus device, the Nexus Player Android TV box, is now unclear, but it would be surprising if Google released Android P for the set-top box.

Both devices still have a large development community and we expect developers to put together stable Android P ROMs for both devices. Also worth mentioning is that flashing the system image will keep users from getting OTA updates, so you'll have to manually flash the image for each new build that comes in, including the final build once it's sent out. The links are available at "”;".

The new Developer Preview of Android Things is based on Android 8.1 and it includes support for version 11.8.0 of Google Play Services. While nothces first apperaed on Apple's iPhone X, the small indent atop otherwise bezel-less phones is slated to pop up in more Android phones with displays that wrap around the camera and speaker at the top. Google calls it "display cutout support". The new DisplayCutout class lets you find out the location and shape of the non-functional areas where content shouldn't be displayed.

Android P will also come with improved privacy restrictions.

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Among P's features? The ability to build around notch-carrying phones.

Google had revealed its expansion plans for Lens back during MWC, during when it was made clear that Lens would be stepping out of its Pixel boundaries.

The company will share more details about Android P at Google I/O in May.

One of the more notable features touted by Google is new messaging notifications. Moreover, Google has also added support for Smart Replies in the notification so that you can quickly reply to messages. A user will also be able to add images and stickers directly from the notification.

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