What Looks Different In Android P

first_imgOnly around 1.1% of Android phones are running Oreo, but, hey… don’t let that spoil the mood. Google’s got another big update in the works, and they’re finally ready to let developers take a look at it!Yes, you can now download Android P and install it on one of Google’s Pixel phones. If you don’t have one, you can always launch it in a VM on your desktop or laptop and play around with the new features. And if you can’t be bothered with that, well… you can read posts like this one and watch some videos instead.So what’s new in Android P? There’s quite a bit, actually, like Wi-Fi-based indoor position tracking and privacy restrictions for background apps. Google’s made a lot of visual changes, too.AdChoices广告Image: 9to5 GoogleThey’ve been rounding off some corners, for example, echoing the curves from the Pixel 2 XL’s display. You’ll see them in your notifications, in the quick settings panel, and on settings pop-ups. A semi-transparent background has slid under the launcher, too, and its corners are also rounded (this one’s technically part of the updated Pixel Launcher, not part of Android P itself).The settings app — which was already given a major overhaul in Oreo — has been tweaked again. Google’s drawn bright, colorful circles behind the icons to make things look a little less drab. The round icons show up in quick settings, too, though they’re limited to more subdued gray and blue hues.Access your device’s volume settings and you’ll see the slider appear as a pop-up on the right-hand side, as the power menu does in Oreo. And speaking of the power menu, it looks a little different in Android P, too. Different because Google decided that was a good place to add a screenshot button.Own a phone with an always-on display? When you upgrade to Android P you’ll see how much juice you’ve got left in your battery at the bottom of the screen.The biggest visual change coming with Android P, though, is the notch. The developer preview lets you add a virtual notch to any device to see how it’ll impact the user experience. A bunch of Android OEMs have already shown off phones with notches, including Asus, Huawei, and LG… and Google no doubt thinks that there will be many more who follow the trend.Lead image: Ryan Whitwam/ExtremeTech Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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