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Google Releases Android P Developer Preview

By Nitish Singh / March 9, 2018

Android has come a long way since its inception back in 2008. And now, the world’s most popular mobile OS just released the first developer preview of its latest version - Android P. Now, as a trend, all Android versions are named after desserts; however, there hasn’t been any official disclosure about what the ‘P’ stands for.

Also, as Dave Burke, Google VP of engineering points out, this is “an early baseline build for developers only.” Evidently, most of the features we found in the build are centered on developers, and very few aesthetic changes are noticeable. But the ones that are noteworthy include the revamped notification drawer and quick settings panel, and inbuilt support for a notch cut out at the top of the display. The later seems to be implemented to help developers visualize how their apps will look like on phone that boasts the trending notch on top.

Android P Notch

Image Courtesy of Thurrott.com

All other features currently incorporated into the build will interest developers mostly. Here is a quick glance at some of those most notable features implemented with Android P:

Apart from these, Google is also warning app developers to shift to recent SDKs for their apps. Also, developers are advised to stick to the public APIs that Google has created and not use non-SDK interfaces.

For a more in-depth look at all the new advancements with Android P, you can take a look at the official developer's blog.



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