Android P is now official: faster, with better notifications and notch support

Google has released the first version of Android P, the next major update to its mobile operating system. The new features include improved performance, official support for notches in the style of iPhone X and improved camera support.

We saw it during 2018 MWC. Many companies, including Asus, presented phones with notches that mimics the design of the iPhone X.

The trend is becoming so popular that Google has been left with no choice but to offer official support for “the latest edge-to-edge screens with display cutout for camera and speaker,” with a new “DisplayCutout” class for outlining the size and shape of a notch on an Android device.

Image: Android Developers.


Among its other innovations, Android P has an improved notification system, including a rounded look. At the top and bottom of the shade, the corners are rounded off, with a subtle line separating each notification. Some other changes include a new layout for things like contact info and profile pictures. The same minimized notification seen in Oreo also sticks around.

Image: Android Developers.

Android P also includes enhancements for the camera, including support for more video and image codecs (such as HDR VP9 Profile 2 and HEIF) and new security enhancements, since the operating system will by default prevent background apps from using the microphone and the camera without your knowledge. It also includes a new API with support for multiple cameras.

Finally, Google also promises improvements in performance and energy consumption. The version for developers (beta) of Android P is available from the official website to install on the Pixel, Pixel 2 , Pixel XL and Pixel 2 XL.

[ Via: Android Developer ]

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