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Published on March 12th, 2018 | by Guest


Android P: P for productivity

In the world of mobile phones, there are two major OSes: iOS and Android. Eventually, Android came to rule the roost. Android has the largest number of developers, is highly customizable, has advanced features and the Google Play Store and Google Apps.

I have been using Android since 2.3 Gingerbread. Many things have changed over time and will continue to change.

Recently, Google released their first preview of Android P. It has not been given a codename yet. If you are the owner of Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, you can experience it. Nexus owner still do not a reliable way of obtaining it.

We have come here all the way from A to P. So, what do we get in P?

The first thing I will talk about is the notch. Don’t worry as I’m not going in to why and how the notch has come. With most of the manufacturers like Asus, Essential, etc. designing phones with a notch and with the ongoing trend of full view displays, I think the notch has a very good future.

Android P will support the notch by default and you can resize the notch to sizes from the tiny hole as in the Essential phone up to the iPhone X notch. So you can set it to the manufacturer’s design. Developers will get a major advantage from this feature. For example, no matter what app they develop, it will support full-view display on multiple devices out-of-the-box.

The second thing I will talk is indoor positioning. Due to the lack of a perfect GPS navigation, we always have to face problems like getting your location marked as a far way place from your current position and troubles sharing your location via any messaging app. So this feature has got lots of improvements, both software- and hardware-wise to give you almost perfect positioning.

After all, Google heard what was on my mind. The action center got new features; the most important being you can directly reply to any messages. If you forget that what you replied earlier or the subject of the conversation then you can just use your fingertips and scroll directly to the action center. And recently an auto reply app was launched which helps give automatic replies instantly. The app is still in beta so my review is coming later this week.

There is also native support for dual camera and HEIF (high-efficiency image file format). Manufacturers are putting dual cameras on every phone, and so Android P gets a feature to capture more on your phone by using two cameras simultaneously like Nokia bothie.

Android P’s native HEIF support means that if someone shares photos from iPhone or any apple device then you do not need to convert to JPEG to view or edit it.

These are the top features of Android P. Google will dicontinue future developer previews soon. So until that, do read my articles, comments below on what you think will be the name of Official Android P.

About the author:

I’m Biplab Das, a technical writer, tech YouTuber, blogger, ICT tutor and a part time website developer. People say smartphones are boring these days, but I think everyone is beginning to take this wonderful technology marvel for granted. Please don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel MoboMotion.

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