The company today released the first developer preview of Android P. We first saw notches on phones like the iPhone X and Essential Phone previous year and it looks like many Android device makers plan on embracing the notch with their 2018 smartphones, so adding official support in Android P is a smart move by Google.
As well as these new features, Google is improving a number of things in Android P including Security with a more consistent interface for prompting for fingerprints, as well as moving to Transport Layer Security (TLS) for transmitting text.
And new messaging notifications will make it easier for users to determine who is messaging them and reply more efficiently. Last year, Google did not release the first developer preview via the Android Beta Program, which lets you get early Android builds via over-their-air updates on select devices.
Multi-camera API: You can now access streams simultaneously from two or more physical cameras. The HEIF image encoding option will also be supported in Android P, as well. There are factory images for the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL, and you can sideload them right now. JobScheduler then manages work according to the network status. Along with bug fixes, this preview includes new APIs that allow password managers to enhance the Autofill user experience using better dataset filtering, input sanitization, compatibility mode, and more. Keep in mind that this update is intended for developers to get their apps ready for Android P and may be buggy, so you may not want to install the update on your daily driver. Detailed in a official blog post on Wednesday, Android P contains a host of new features and APIs that extend the usefulness of the platform. ART now uses profile information for on-device rewriting of DEX files, with reductions up to 11 percent across a range of popular apps.
Data cost sensitivity in JobScheduler - this allows developers to manage scheduled tasks or work across Doze, App Standby, and Background Limits.
Google has outlined the entire process on its developer website. Apps can trigger the system fingerprint dialog using a new FingerprintDialog API.
Privacy for users: Access to microphone, camera, and all SensorManager sensors from apps that are idle will be restricted. Google will also enable encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret.