Android P is the upcoming ninth major version announced on the 7th March from Android to Smartphones and others in its ecosystem. It made to release 5 developer previews (dp). Each dp was released in successive months except April.

The first dp was released on the same day when it was released and it was named Alpha or the initial release.

The second preview was considered as an incremental updated and named as Beta - 1, released on May 8, 2018.

The third preview called Beta 2 (Final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing) released on June 6, 2018. The fourth preview considered as Beta 3 (for testing) was released on July 2, 2018, and the final preview was also released in the same month of July i.e., on July 25, 2018, and was named Beta 4 (final testing).
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The full version i.e., the final version was said to release on August 20, 2018. Lots of improvements were made to its predecessor Android Oreo. With Nougat and Oreo, there was a complete change in User Interface to its previous versions and now with P, there is slight change but not complete to Oreo. Thinking about users lot of changes were made and some of the new features were added. Let us look at the changes that were brought.

Android P new or added Features:

1. Notifications

It has added many new features to the Notifications and its panel. With the new changes, you can
1. Send reply directly from notifications.
2. Images will display with the message notification.
3. You can save reply as drafts.
4. Smart reply and can identify group conversation.

2. Battery Adaptiveness

We have seen Adaptive Brightness like how it changes with the environment you are present and your usage. Google the same way has brought changes to battery consumption. Using Machine Learning this feature was added and it comes into use once you have used your smartphone for a few days or weeks. It means Android keys an eye on your usage. The less frequently used applications are made to close or made to no use or less use of Battery. This helps to keep the juice for a long time. It is also said that it can lower CPU to 30% usage. Very helpful for those who do not want to carry charge equipment.

3. Apps Shortcuts, Actions, and Slices

App shortcuts were first introduced in Nougat version but it was less implemented then. But as version changes to Oreo, it became a common feature and some changes were made in their usage. Now in Android P, this feature was advanced by adding slices. You access them by holding down an app shortcut. Changes like if you frequently use an app for a certain thing then that will appear as a shortcut. Cases like quick uninstall, data usage stats and some others can be brought down easily. Actions were newly added feature and it can directly bring interaction with other apps from apps shortcuts. Slices are used in interaction with the local apps (in the device) (through Google Assistant and Search).

4. User Interface

Android P is not drastic of a visual change but compared to Oreo, there are some elements that are noticeably different. At first, things like colorful icons in Settings, circular Quick Settings icons, and rounded corners in the notifications panel, Menu, and some other parts. Things like these are new and very attractive. You need some time to get used to them. But it is great features and brings more attractiveness to your smartphone looks.

5. Emojis

A total of 157 were added to the emojis list and you'll love them. Improvements were also made to some of the existing emojis and make them more usable. Some of the added emojis are Superhero, mooncake, red hair, etc. Though with iPhone X and 8 Apple bought a new set of emojis we cannot see that kind yet in Android.

6. Dashboard application

Much talked and newly added feature to Android P. It is something like that keeps track of your Smartphone usage. It keeps every single thing that you do on your smartphone. Some of them are How many notifications =you have got, How many times you have unlocked your device, How much time you have spent on an app, etc. There was another feature called App timer that restricts you from using applications for a certain amount of time by manually enabling for each application. Particularly helpful for those who are addictive to game playing for long hours.

7. Some other features

1. Screenshot button has been added to the power options
2. Redesigned volume slider, which is now located next to the device physical volume button.
3. If two or more keyboard apps are installed, the keyboard switcher button is shown in the navigation bar when the keyboard is activated.
4. Manual theme selection.
5. Placing the phone face down will mute notifications but you can get emergency ones.
6. Zoom pop-up when highlighting text
7. Now you can edit screenshots too directly.
8. New transitions for switching between apps, or activities within apps.

Devices getting Android P

  • Google Pixel

  • Pixel

  • Pixel 2

  • Pixel 2 XL

  • Pixel XL

  • Essential

  • Essential phone 1

  • Nokia

  • 7 Plus

  • others yet to be decided

  • One Plus

  • 6

  • others yet to be decided

  • Oppo

  • R15 Pro

  • others yet to be decided

  • Sony

  • Sony Xperia XZ2

  • others yet to be decided

  • Vivo

  • Vivo X21

  • Vivo X21UD

  • others yet to be decided

  • Xiaomi

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

  • others yet to be decided

The following are the devices that will see the final Android P first. After rolling out the final version, other OEMs will notify which of their devices are going to get Android P. OEMs like Samsung, Sony, Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo and some others did not specify their full list and this list will increase once Android P is rolled out.