Google launches dev preview, reveals features


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The good news is that, starting today, you can try out the very first Android P developer preview right on your very own device. Since it's a developer preview, we're not getting a ton of information about consumer-facing features, there is a lot of detail on what new features and technologies developers will be able to take advantage of in their apps when the next version of Android arrives later this year. This way, they'll be able to more quickly release an app that takes advantage of Android P when it is generally available.

Among the improvements, one that was probably added a bit later in the process was support for a screen cutout in the display. There's even a developer option that simulates a cutout on any device. The new version will include several new tools for developers and features for end users.

The new OS, which we've learned will support display notches and give developers more freedom to harness dual cameras. Google is also making sure that mic, camera, and all SensorManager sensors are not accessed when an app is idle for better privacy. ImageDecoder lets you create a bitmap or drawable from a byte buffer, file, or URI.

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Power efficiency: Doze, App Standby, and Background Limits have been refined to further improve battery life. Jobs can declare their estimated data size, signal prefetching, and specify detailed network requirements. JobScheduler then manages work according to the network status.

On the other hand, Google will support the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for a minimum of three years of platform updates, meaning that they should even get Android R in 2020.

Open Mobile API for NFC payments and secure transactions - this brings the GlobalPlatform Open Mobile API to Android, which will let developers access the Secure Element in their apps on supported devices to enable smart-card payments and other secure services. Along with key bugfixes, this release includes new APIs that allow password managers to improve the Autofill user experience, such as better dataset filtering, input sanitization, and compatibility mode.