Google has given developers a sneak peek at the upcoming version of Android so that they can start preparing their apps for the next-generation of Android features. Let’s take a look at some of the features that may be on offer.
Google is positioning itself to produce turn-by-turn directions that help people navigate the interior of buildings in the same way they can follow directions on Google Maps. All this will be made possible with WiFi Round-Trip-Time (RTT), a simple feature that calculates how far you are from the nearest WiFi access point and then uses that information to accurately pinpoint where you are in a building.
Google is looking to improve at-a-glance messaging with snazzy attachments and stickers. The notification style will give developers the ability to add quick reply functionality that resembles that on offer in Google Allo.
Android P is taking privacy very seriously. One major change involves a new restriction system that will stop sensors, microphones, and cameras from reporting to the app as soon as it becomes idle. Further security changes include enabling encryption for backups with a client-side secret and per-network randomization of MAC addresses. In addition, individual apps will have better access to the fingerprint system in Android P, including an enhanced user interface across different apps to give the user confidence that the fingerprint authentication comes from a reliable source.
While several Android phone models have integrated rear and front cameras, very few of them can work at the same time. Android P features an API that will allow developers to use multiple cameras simultaneously, opening up a whole new world of potential. In addition, Google is incorporating support for apps to employ image stabilization and display-based flash. In short, cameras are set to get better and better.
As producers reduce the size of bezels and the front-facing sensors leave a notch on the display, Android P makes it easier for developers to shape user interfaces around that notch. This entails that full-screen apps with side-positioned buttons will now be able to avoid the notch areas in the display, good news for everyone.
Remember that the current release of Android P is an unstable, beta version and some of the features that are on offer at the moment may not make it to the final release. Unless you’re testing it for an app, don’t install the first version of Android P onto your phone.