Google Releases First Developer Preview of Android P

Alicia Guzman
March 8, 2018

Of course, it's more than possible that Google's Android team will slip in a new Easter egg in future releases of Android P. However, for the moment we are not getting anything like the Flappy Bird clone game that was hidden away in Android 5.0 Lollipop, or even the black animated octopus that you could play with in Android 8.0 Oreo. Messaging apps can now show some of the most recent messages from a conversation within notifications, and they can also now display smart replies right within the notifications. HEIF is a popular format for photos that improves compression to save on storage and network data. Apple started using it by default with iOS 11, but there are still many apps that don't support it.

A new feature called ImageDecoder will be replacing BitmapFactory as the way for developers to decode images to bitmaps or drawables, the post said. However, we all know what you really want to learn about. Here is the new Android P Pixel Launcher!

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If you're a developer ready to take the plunge, Google has published the initial release of Android P, but it can only be installed with a direct download and flash of your device (you can find instructions here).

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The Android P preview can also be uninstalled by downloading a factory image and manually flashing it to the device. If you have a Pixel 2 device, the DP1 build now includes an Qualcomm Hexagon HVX driver with acceleration for quantized models. See all the details on what's new here. This way, they'll be able to more quickly release an app that takes advantage of Android P when it is generally available.

Open Mobile API for NFC payments and secure transactions: Apps can use the OMAPI API to access secure elements (SE) to enable smart-card payments and other secure services.

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Along with the new features, Android P will optimize and improve foundational aspects of Android such as ART performance, power efficiency, app compatibility, security, and privacy, while also better optimizing Kotlin.

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