Following the last year’s Oreo release , Google is set to release the new and latest Android Os – The Android P. Although there is still time to before Google rolls out the new software to all users, but even in its current form, P is creating a lot of buzz . It’s a feature-filled Android 9.0 update, with design changes, helpful shortcuts and, already, phones that are compatible with the the mobile operating system beta. It’s more than just available on Pixel phones this time around.
Android P Features
Android P Adaptive Battery
In the never-ending pursuit of better battery life, Android P’s Adaptive Battery feature will learn the apps you use over time and prioritize system resources to them. As for the apps you hardly ever use? Well, Android P will basically ignore them until you actually open them.
In the end, this saves on battery and makes everyone happy.
Navigation gestures are now a thing on Android P. See that pill-shaped button at the bottom of the screen? That replaces 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.
Android P is the first time Google’s heavily relying on gestures for navigating the UI, and in their current form, they work as follows:
- Tap the Home button/pill to go home
- Swipe up to access the recent apps page
- Swipe up twice or do a long swipe for the app drawer
- The Back button only appears in certain apps/menus when it’s needed
New user interface looks more rounded
Android P isn’t as a visual change like we saw with the jump from KitKat to Lolipop, but compared to Oreo, there are some elements that are noticeably different.
At first glance, things like the colorful icons in Settings, circular Quick Settings icons, and rounded corners for just about every menu jump out like a sore thumb. These elements do take some getting used to, but I ultimately came around to liking them quite a bit.
Something else you’ll notice with Android P is just how alive it feels. Between the new gestures and updated animations, Android moves in a way that I’ve never seen before. Oreo was smooth and buttery, but Android P flies underneath your fingertips in a way that can only be experienced in-person.
Some more features
In addition to the big changes found in Android P, there are a ton of smaller elements also distributed throughout the update. Some of my favorites include:
- Built-in screenshot editor
- Zoom pop-up when highlighting text
- Changing the volume now defaults to your media volume
- Volume controls appear on the right of your screen instead of the top
- Do Not Disturb is more customizable and easier to understand
Android P Public Beta Program
Like the last year’s Oreo beta release, users with a Pixel phone can sign up for the Android p beta right now to get an OTA update to download and play with the latest software. However Android P beta is not only open for the Google’s Pixel phone. Google’s opening up its Android Beta Program to third-party OEMs for the first time ever thanks to Project Treble, including Nokia, OnePlus, Sony, Essential, Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo
The official build should be released in August