Android P Developer Preview Likely to be Available by Mid-March

March 5, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Android Oreo hasn’t yet taken a lion’s share in terms of market share. In fact, it was only during the recent times that Android Nougat dethroned Marshmallow from the top spot. But Google is going ahead with its mobile operating system, as reports now suggest that we are about to preview the first developer version of the Oreo successor.

According to popular leaker Evan Blass, the first developer preview of Android P is expected to be available to the developers by the mid of March. If that’s the case, it wouldn’t be much far for us to know whether the new iteration of Android would be taking pages off Apple’s book with the inclusion of a notch support.

Additionally, the mid-March release date would also spawn an interest among the ones waiting for the name of the new OS. To recall, March 14 marks the Pi day, and that would leave a lot assuming that the new Android would be taking the name Android Pie. There are more possibilities though, but certainly, the naming remains the least of the concerns as far as the new features are considered.

Details are sparse about the new features that will be finding its place in the Oreo successor. But it’s widely believed that Google will follow the suit of Apple by including notch support to let developers roll out iPhone X clones without hassle. Going by the recent trends, we would be seeing a handful of devices with iPhone X-esque notch.

Manufacturers including LG and One Plus are reported to be including the notch in their upcoming flagships. Moreover, Asus has recently launched the Zenfone 5 with the notch, alongside acknowledging that notch is something which the consumers demand. Taking all these into account, Google might not want to be left out in the race by omitting the support for notch.

Another suggestion is that Android P will have enhanced privacy-focused features. These would include notifications for call recording, and restriction of access for background apps to device’s microphone and camera. Google Assistant integration and improved battery performance are also speculated to be part of Google’s upgrade to its mobile operating software.

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