Google8217;s Android 8.0 Oreo operating system is still rolling out to various Android phones, but that doesn8217;t stop us talking about the next big update of Android, known as Android P. We8217;ve mused below about what Android P could be finally called but apparently, it is currently known as Android Pistachio Ice Cream internally at Google.
As well as the name, other details on the next version of Android include better support for phones that adopt a similar notch to the iPhone X, better multiple camera options for developers, a revamped Do Not Disturb mode and much more.
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- Again dessert-based
- Apparently known as Pistachio Ice Cream internally
- But image of Pineapple upside-down cake teased
- Android 1.5 Cupcake
- Android 1.6 Donut
- Android 2.2 Eclair
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- And currently Android 8.0 Oreo
While we quite like the idea of Android Panda Pops or Android Poached Pears, we’re expecting Android 9.0 to be dubbed Pistachio Ice Cream (at least, that’s what Google appears to be using internally).
Pistachio Ice Cream might not make it to the full consumer version, but it fits the usual dessert-based naming convention. Indeed, Ice Cream has been used before as you can see above 8211; for 20118217;s Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
Google made people work through an online puzzle to pinpoint the date and location of its upcoming developer conference. As part of that, the company teased a picture of Pineapple upside-down cake. Is that what Google P will be called?
- Redesigned home launcher, notifications and settings
- Better multiple camera support
- Support for 8216;notch8217; devices
The most immediately noticeable changes in the software are visible right from the home screen. Dragging down from the top of the screen reveals redesigned notifications cards, as well as a refreshed look for the quick settings tiles.
There8217;s also a new system navigation with a single home button on the screen 8211; it8217;s very much like the iPhone X.
The Notification cards have rounded corners, and separated by subtle lines. Similarly, the toggles in quick settings make it clearer when functions are switched on, and give simple status clues. For instance, connected to Bluetooth headphones, the Bluetooth tile will show the battery level as well as the name of that connected device.
Battery life is also set to be a key focus of the upcoming Android P operating system, with Adaptive Battery one of several new AI-enhanced features 8211; designed to give 8220;a more consistent battery experience8221;.
These are similar to the efforts of many phone manufacturers to bring AI-enhanced technologies to the new phones of today.
8220;Adaptive battery uses on-device machine learning to learn which apps you8217;ll use in the next few hours and which you8217;ll, use [later]8221; said Google8217;s Dave Burke, head of engineering for Android. 8220;The results are really promising.
Last year Android Oreo introduced a feature to predict which apps you want to use next, and now this is called App Actions 8211; predicting what you actually might want to do next such as starting a workout or calling your Mum. You might also get a link to buy cinema tickets when you search for a movie.
Google Lens is also now integrated into the camera app on all Android phones so you can have explanations for everything you8217;re looking at and it will recognise words and buildings. Screenshots are also being improved.
There8217;s also new Multi-Camera API for devices with dual rear- or front-facing cameras. This should open up new capabilities for apps, so that they can access streams simultaneously from two or more cameras.
It can even enable a 8220;fused camera stream8221; that auto-switches between two or more cameras. Developers should be able to create innovative features that are not possible with just a single camera.
A new rotation button appears on the status bar so you can always get full control over your phone rotation even if you8217;ve locked the rotation previously.
When you press the volume button, this card pops in from the side of the display, with the option to switch audio outputs. It8217;s pretty nifty, as is the new, more colourful and minimalist main Settings menu.
You8217;re also now able to set yourself time limits for time use. Do Not Disturb can now minimise the visual impact of notifications and sounds. By turning over your phone, Do Not Disturb will now automically turn on. Of course, you can always get calls from key contacts.
There8217;s also a new wind down mode to encourage you to switch off at night that fades the screen to grey and turns on Do Not Disturb. Google says digital wellbeing is a 8220;long term theme for us8221;.
Google has added 8220;display cutout8221; support in Android P 8211; an acceptance that iPhone X-like notches aren8217;t just a flash in the pan.
Other notable Android P features/tools include: rich messaging notifications that highlight who is messaging, shows full conversations, and allows attachments of photos and stickers and even suggested smart replies; and the ability for developers to take advantage of indoor positioning in their apps so that they can track users indoors 8211; with permissions 8211; using a technology called Wi-Fi Round-Trip Time (RTT).
We reckon we8217;ll also see wider picture-in-picture support plus hopefully the Pixel launcher on third-party handsets as well. It8217;s pretty good on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Also, it seems that With Android P, developers will be given the opportunity to use Google Assistant voice commands inside their third-party Android applications. This is a bit of a no brainer in our book. Google will surely want to make Assistant as open and flexible as possible.
That8217;s the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 (plus XL versions), Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6 and Essential PH‑1 to be precise.
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