Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Android P Developer Preview Could Be Coming This Month

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Sherri Watson | 05 March, 2018, 19:44

That's according to VentureBeat's Evan Blass, who claims that Android P's first developer preview is on track for a mid-March release (below). At the moment though, nothing has been confirmed yet on the official name of the firmware, but it is possible.

Android P will be the next big upgrade to Google's popular mobile operating system, with an official announcement expected at Google's I/O event later this year. That said, the full release isn't expected until the traditional announcement at Google I/O in September.

Why March 14? This is because March 14, or 03/14, is referred to as Pi Day, named after the mathematical constant. Will Android P be named Android Pineapple Upside-Down Pie, Android Pineapple Pie, or simply Android Pie?

One of the recent features revealed in AOSP codes is that Android P may bring stricter rules for call blocking, making it hard for telemarketers.

It looks like Google may have finally heard one of the bigger complaints of Android users since smartphones became the trend - that is, the lack of a smart call blocking feature in Android. Admittedly, this could also just be wishful thinking on my part as I personally cannot stand the notch design trend, but naturally support for a notch in the OS doesn't necessarily tell you anything about the Pixel hardware as Google was bound to support the feature given the number of manufacturers implementing it. Google is working on a new Android P feature that will prevent background apps from accessing the device's camera and microphone without the knowledge.

However, while the arrival of Android P is on deck, Google has still not yet solved the fragmentation problem, leading to concerns that the Android P release will come too soon.