Android P Beta is now available on a range of popular devices. Android Pie is the name of the 9th major version of the Android operating system. With the latest version, Google is consistently trying to make smartphone adapt user behavior through Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning to make it more convenient and user-friendly. Let’s have a look at some of the major features of Android P.
Android P Adaptive Battery
In the never-ending pursuit of improving battery life, Android P’s will analyze the apps user use over time and prioritize system resources to them. Android P will ignore the app user hardly open until a user actually opens them. This will improve the overall performance of the battery.
A new screenshot tool
A new and sophisticated screenshot tool in Android P will provide the option to edit or delete a screenshot immediately after taking it. There will be additional options on the notification that displays after you capture your screen.
Images in message previews
Notifications are the most eye-catching thing in any device. Android P will introduce several improvements to notifications and will show you images in the notification preview, instead of just text. Users will also be able to reply to all the notifications directly from the notifications bar.
New Material Design
Android P will come with a new look overall with a New Material Design. Slightly rounded corners on notifications and the quick settings pane are continued throughout the interface. In its never-ending attempt to get the Android Settings menu just right, Google has once again redesigned its setting menu. In terms of design and usability, it’s now become more colorful and convenient.
Text selection magnification
iOS already have this feature and finally, Google got around trying a text-selecting magnification box. Now, when you begin to move the cursor around within a block of text, you will no longer have to guess its exact location. Instead, Android P will add a magnification box just above the cursor.
Quick rotation control
To eliminate unintentional rotations, Android P will have a new mode that pins the current orientation even if the device position changes. A new quick rotation toggle shows up in the top-right corner of the screen when moved to landscape orientation. The compatibility impacts for apps should be very minimal in most cases. However, if any app has any customized rotation behavior or uses any esoteric screen orientation settings, a user might run into issues that could have gone unnoticed before when user rotation preference was always set to portrait.
Navigation gestures are now a thing on Android P. The pill-shaped button at the bottom of the screen will replace the three buttons that previously were used on Android. The feature is optional, and off by default. You can enable it by going to Settings > Gestures> Swipe up on Home Screen and toggling the switch.
Media controls take priority
Prior to Android P, while listening to music if a user wanted to adjust the volume of said music, there wasn’t a simple way of doing so. The user could use the volume buttons but ultimately would adjust the system volume setting for the phone. After installing Android P, the volume keys will default to controlling media volume. Also, the volume controls will have a new look with a neat design.
Android P switches to single previews that are placed next to one another horizontally. Instead of a vertical stack of app previews. Using the gesture pill along with the bottom of the screen, a user can scroll through previously open apps or swipe up on an app preview to force-close the app.
Notch support & Display cutout support
Notched displays are all the rage now. Android P will add official support for screen cutouts for those hardware makers who think it’s the only way to go with device designs. Android P will offer support for the edge-to-edge screens with display cutout for camera and speaker. The new Display Cutout class lets you find out the location and shape of the non-functional areas where content shouldn’t be displayed.
The Android P version is available for all the beta programme users. You can sign up for the beta program from here, although it is better to wait a little more for the final stable version of Android P, upcoming in a few weeks.