After months of speculation, Android P is finally here. Well, to be clear, developer previews of Google’s newest mobile operating system are available to download.
From an iPhone X-style notch, to performance improvements, these files have already revealed glimpses at a myriad new features we can expect on Android P and the latest of these reveals more about how the phones running the next-level software will handle sound.
According to code spotted in the developer preview files, by Android Police, Android P will feature smart volume controls that remember the settings of each Bluetooth device connected to your phone or tablet. This will mean music coming from a speaker will play at a certain level compared to how it sounds on your phone. Granted it’s a minor feature, and one that we doubt many of us have considered, but it could prove useful.
Called ‘Implement Bluetooth device volume memory’, we’re expecting the feature to make its debut at the launch of Andoird P at the Google IO 2018 in early May.
So. what else are we expecting from Android P? On this page we’ll run through the standout new features in the developers’ build and, because it’s still in its earliest stages of testing, what you can expect to see when the OS eventually reaches your phone.
If you want to be among the first to get your hands on Android P, you can sign up to be an Android beta tester. You can also compare the new Android P features with those added in Android Oreo. However, before you download any early version of the software, Google has warned these builds are liable to breaking, so you should only install it if you know what you’re doing, and never on your day-to-day phone.
Android P release date
The developer version of Android P was released in March, so we still expect to see the full stable version appear some time in August. Although Google has promised to tackle fragmentation, where different manufacturers roll out updates at different times, when you get Android P will still largely depend on which device you have. Unfortunately this means only Pixel users are likely to see Android P the day it’s released by Google.
Android P name: Still no news on a moniker
Google is slowly making its way down the dessert-themed alphabet, and the name of the next sweet, tasty Android OS, known until now as Android P, may have already leaked. According to a report from Android Open Source Project, Android P might be called Android Pi, according to the Android Open Source Project.
However, there’s still no official confirmation of the name and the last time we were confident about an Android name, when “Key Lime Pie” was “leaked” internally, it ended up being called KitKat. Still, this doesn’t mean the company won’t opt for something pie-related, seeing as Google has never used the word pie in an Android OS name in the past.