Well, a couple of days ago Google has released the very first testing version of the new operating system called Android P. The update has been released and can be downloaded, but for now, it could be done only for two smartphones – Google Pixel 1st and 2nd generation. At this point, this is only an alpha version, so I am sure that in the next couple of months we’ll see a great OS that would go for one of the first spots on the market.
There are some very different aspects of this operating system, that have not been seen in any other Android or iOS systems, so in this article, I’ll present you some of them with the help of a video of TheVerge. Some pretty convenient and helpful features have been added and I personally really like them, so you can tell me in the comment section whether they appeal to you or not.
What does the P stand for?
Judging by the previous Android versions, there have been names related to different sweets. Android KitKat, Android Oreo, Android Marshmallow, Android Lollipop and etc. My personal guess is that the P will stand for “Pie” or “Pancake”, but only time will show.
Google Developers began a Twitter hint game as well. The binary code pictured takes you to thewebsite where you’ll be able to use Street View to explore the reception area of a Google Developer’s building. There are different puzzles that you got to solve, and locked away in a second room you’ll find a Pineapple Cake, which sounds just like Google thing and co-relates to the names that I was talking about above, so it may be just the future name of the OS – we’ll see.
What are the new things?
Some of the new changes that have been accomplished in this operating system include support for Wi-Fi Direct Printing, Bluetooth hearing aids and a developed integration for Android Things feature. Moreover, this new Android P OS will prevent malicious apps that are running in the background from accessing your camera and mic, which will lower the risk of you getting spied on. This sounds like one of the best features for me, but we’ll see how it will work in real life.
Another interesting feature is the way that Android adapts the support for phones with “notch” design, which can be seen in the iPhone X. The upcoming OS will also support foldable displays, such as that of the Galaxy X, and devices with multiple displays like the Huawei P10. Another possible feature is the call-blocking possibility, which users could use for blocking private numbers, pay phones and such callers that have no ID or are not in your contact list. It sounds like Google starts to pay even more attention to thieves and hackers, which is an awesome thing.