First Android P Developer Preview Released and Now Available!

First Android P Developer Preview Released and Now Available!

Google has shared the Android P system image link for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel and Pixel XL on its developer website. Android P introduces support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol, also known as Wi-Fi Round Trip Time (RTT), which allows you to take advantage of indoor positioning in your apps. This one is codenamed "P", and your guess is as good as ours as to what dessert-themed name the final version of the software will receive. This time, in Android P Developer Preview, Google has added more colors everywhere; in the quick settings menu, notification panel and the main settings page.

We already came across reports of Google adding support for display cutouts (or notch, as many would like to call) a couple of weeks ago.

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Android P makes it clear that Google's mobile OS is going to embrace the notch.

You see, back when Google unveiled its last Nexus phones, including the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei 6P, it told buyers the phones will get guaranteed Android updates for two years, while security updates will be available for an extra year. It can even enable a "fused camera stream" that auto-switches between two or more cameras.

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Google itself is calling it a baseline build, meant only to help developers prepare their apps for the full version. That's when Google will release it to AOSP, which device makers can then use to customize for their own devices.

Both devices still have a large development community and we expect developers to put together stable Android P ROMs for both devices. In this way Messaging notification is getting richer for smart replies and picture previews.

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Other features include power efficiency, and improved app compatibility.

Android P is the newest version of Android. This initial release is for developers only and not intended for daily or consumer use, so we're making it available by manual download and flash only. Also bear in mind that installing a system image on a device removes all data from the device, so be sure to backup your data first! If you're looking to grab the first build of the Android P dev preview you can do so by hitting the button below.

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