Google releases Android P Developer Preview with indoor positioning, notch support


Google has released their first version of Android P Developer Preview ahead of Google I/O 2018. Android P is now available to download on Google smartphones: Pixel, Pixel XL Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. The stable Android P update is expected to release in Q3 2018.

Android P comes with new features like Indoor Positioning, Notch support, improved messaging notifications. So let’s take a look at the best features of Android P.


Android P comes with Indoor Positioning support which opens a new opportunity for the location-based services. The update adds platform support for IEEE 802.11mc WiFi protocol which is also known as WiFi Round-Trip-Time (RTT). With hardware support, Android P devices can use the RTT APIs to measure the distance to nearby WiFi Access Points. So we may see a lot of indoor positioning apps soon on Play Store.

Android P adds supports for Display cutout so now the Android P apps will be able to take advantage of the fullscreen content.

Display Cutout Android P

You will also be able to simulate display cutout on any Android P devices now. To enable it you have to go to Developer Options>Drawing section>Simulate a display with a cutout.

Android P comes with better messaging notifications. This new system highlights who is messaging and how you can reply.

Android P Messaging Style

You can show conversations, attach pictures and stickers and also suggest smart replies.

Android P now gives support to multi-camera means you can access multiple cameras simultaneously. Devices with dual cameras on the back and front will be able to take advantages of some new features which wasn’t possible with a single camera such as seamless zoom, stereo vision, and bokeh.

Android P supports HDR VP9 Video, HEIF image compression, and Media APIs. Now Android P users will be able to enjoy HDR enabled movies from YouTube, Play Movies and from other sources.

Autofill framework comes with new APIs which will improve the overall experience. Android P blocks access to your microphone, camera, and sensors to the third party apps that are idle. So any kind of apps will not be able to record you without your consent.

This is the 1st version of Android P. The 2nd beta will be out in May, the 3rd one in June and 4th in July and 5th one before the release of the stable update.



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