This article highlights some of the most notable key features of Android P. The features have been introduced within the Developer Preview version of the mobile OS. Some of you might wondering why should I upgrade my phone when Android P becomes available? What is the catch and what advantages will you get?
There are at least 6 cool features which can bee enjoyed directly by consumer users. Of course geeky users and developers can enjoy more features but at least these key features are the most obvious ones. The Android P Developer Preview was introduced on March 2018 and these top new features have been introduced.
1. Indoor Positioning
Sounds cool already? Read more! Users may have a combination of both AGPS and GLONASS for accurate outdoor positioning. Now what about indoor positioning? What technology can be employed for this purpose? Enter the Wifi-Round-Trip-Time. What this technology does is basically to help users navigating indoor by calculating the time taken for the wifi signal to reach the phone from the access point. Google claimed this technology can be so accurate to approximately 1 to 2 meters. It means that users can also make use of Google Maps within a building like a Plaza or Mall or Airport, and so on.
Android P adds platform support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol; also known as Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time (RTT)—to let you take advantage of indoor positioning in your apps.
2. A Native Support of Device Top Notch
You know a notch right? A notched device like iPhone X? Some of Android devices have started to follow this trend of design but the mobile OS itself does not support such feature by default. Well, not until the Android P. The native provision of Notch display can also be adjusted. Users can select between Narrow cutout, Tall cutout, or Wide cutout. This notched-ish display is something that Google calls it as “Display Cutout”.
3. Improved Notification and Messaging
Since the release of Android 7 Nougat, Google has embedded an in-notification messaging. This function is now improved and enhanced with the release of Android P. It can now display images along with direct and easy reply feature within the notification shade. Even more, it now features quick action like “mark, archive, delete”, and even “save reply as a draft”.
4. Native Multi-camera Support
Yup you heard it right. Android mobile OS now has native support for a dual-camera setup. Wait! It was said multi-camera right? So it would also support more than dual camera. The new improved API planted within the system allows users to employ some cool photography features like lossless zoom, stunning bokeh effects, and a stereo mode which are usually not available for single camera devices. Even better! The Android P API can also lets you call a logical or fused camera stream which is automatically switches between two or more cameras.
5. Display Rotation Control
Rotating your phone display is something usual. I mean, most of Android phones’ users tend to rotate the display of their phone especially when playing games of watching movies. However, in many occasion the display tends to automatically rotate with only some minor movement or small tilt is detected. To eliminate such kind of unintentional rotations, the Android Developers Team has managed to add a new mode that pins the current orientation even if the device position changes. Furthermore, users can then trigger this rotation manually when needed by simply pressing a new button in the system bar.
6. HDR VP9 Video
What is that term any way? The High Dynamic Range VP9 is an open and royalty-free video coding format developed by Google. VP9 is the successor to VP8 and competes mainly with MPEG’s High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC/H.265). The VP9 is mainly used on YouTube. With this feature natively enabled within a device running Android P, its users can now easily upload captured videos on Youtube without waiting for the conversion ticket. Moreover, users can now deliver HDR-enabled movies to users from YouTube, Play Movies, and other sources on HDR-capable devices. FFMpeg can still be used along with VP9 to both compressing HDR sources to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) outputs or repackaging an HDR source into HDR web-friendly formats.
Sounds cool already? Of course these new features are also shipped together with enhanced security features. Users can now control the permission of apps that access their information. Android P also introduces a number of new security features, including a unified fingerprint authentication dialog and high-assurance user confirmation of sensitive transactions.
Sources and credits: Official Android P Site.