As expected, Google has quietly rolled out the first developer preview for Android P. The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system introduces subtle new features, but something that improves the experience and security overall. Here are some of our top favorite features:
Pattern Unlock – Unlocking an Android device using a pattern has one of its most prominent features. When you unlock a device, you’ll usually see the pattern being drawn but on Android P, the unlock trail is now gone.
Better transitions – Multitasking between apps is usually subtle, but Android has now introduced new swiping transitions when switching between open apps.
A new look on the Settings menu – The settings menu on stock Android devices is mostly just random text. But on Android P, that’s now accompanied by colorful icons that sit next to the text.
Android P Easter Egg – As with every Android OS, there is a new Easter Egg that resides inside the Settings menu.
Redesigned quick settings and notifications – A quick glance at the notifications will reveal a new look and feel. Notifications can now show photos and stickers along with support for smart replies. Even the quick settings icons now feature a rounded design.
The time is now on the left side – The smartphone time has now been relocated to the left side, which will give flexibility to smartphones that now sport the notch popularized by the iPhone X.
Screenshot editor – Taking a screenshot will now have an included markup editor after you take the shot. You can crop or make drawings on the image before saving or sharing it.
HDR and HEIF compatibility – Native HDR support means that you can play HDR movies on supported devices that should give improved colors and brightness. Additionally, HEIF is now supported so you can take images that have lesser file sizes without compromising the quality.
More power – Android P now includes improvements on how it handles the battery and background processes so that you’ll get better battery life.
Volume bar – The volume bar has now been relocated from the top to the side of the screen and improves the controls so you can change it easily.
We’re still playing with the first Developer Preview of Android P. We’ll have a more in-depth look at Google’s new mobile OS in the next couple of days.
You can check out more information about the Android P Developer Preview here.