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Android P feature spotlight: The Pixel Launcher's dock is now shaded

09 March 2018

But even at this early stage, Google is revealing some of the key features of the Android P, particularly the features that are big and can be called system-level changes.

Apart from support for notch screens, here are the top features of Android P Developer Preview. 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.

While Google Android version support for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P ends with Android Oreo, support from third-party developers won't end. Ars Technica confirmed with Google, saying that those device will not be getting Android P when it's officially released to the public.

The updated operating system will prevent idle background apps from accessing the camera, microphone, and other SensorManager sensors to improve security. The support appears to be aimed at the Android smartphones coming with Apple iPhone X-inspired notch displays.

All of the changes that Google had detailed today are meant for developers as they will be the ones putting this first Android P developer preview through its paces.

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Google will not offer Android P support for the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6P, and the Pixel C tablet, Ars Technica reported Wednesday. So, users can access multiple streams at the same time from more than one physical camera. So, developers can create app that can utilise both the cameras. Monthly security updates will still continue until at least November 2018. The feature set also includes support for atypical displays, such as the ones with the notch. Devices are now also able to subscribe to different update channels thanks to the new APIs that have been added to UpdateManager.

Messages that come over your phone will better highlight "who is messaging you and how you can reply", Google's VP of engineering Dave Burke said in the blog post.

Download the Android P Developer Preview zip file from here - make sure you download the file according to your Pixel variant. The app switching transition is the very first animation that has been changed in Android P. The other animation is also pretty nifty.

To get things in sync with these mobile devices, Android Things has received a new a BluetoothConnectionManager API that enables applications to take control of the pairing and connection process. Sorry folks, no Android P for those devices.

Android P feature spotlight: The Pixel Launcher's dock is now shaded