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Android P Developer Preview available See What’s New

Android P developer preview is mostly focused on the changes that will affect developers. Google VP of engineering Dave Burke is calling this “an early baseline build for developers only,”. This means this preview is only for developers.

The main feature in Android P developer preview that is built-in support for “display cutout support” for notch display phones. Because of this preview is only for developers, the developers will be able to test how an app(full-screen app) works in the full-screen mode with notches the new tools Google is releasing today.

Here are some notable changes for developers-

User Interface changes in Android P Developer Preview 1
  • New UI for settings/quick settings
  • New notification style for messages
  • New transition/notification expansion animations
  • Updated Pixel Launcher with voice search icon and more prominent dock
  • Battery saver no longer shows orange warning
  • Always on display shows battery info and centers notifications
  • New Easter Egg.
  • About phone screen now shows additional info in a popup window.
 Some other changes in Android P Developer Preview 1
  • Built-in screenshot editor.
  • Screenshot button in power menu
  • Text selection zoom (like iOS)
  • Battery saver can now be scheduled.
  • Do Not Disturb has been simplified down to a single mode
  • Volume buttons now control media volume by default
  • Adaptive Brightness is now much more useful as it actually changes the base brightness level
  • Hotspot can be turned off automatically if no devices are connected
  • Rotation can be locked to landscape mode
  • Multi-Bluetooth HFP/A2DP support
  • Individual Wi-Fi networks can now be set to metered/unmetered
  • Private DNS (DNS-over-TLS)
  • Vibration controls in Accessibility Settings
  • Accessibility option to disable all animations
  • System trace tool is now built-in
  • Recently posted notifications are now shown in notification settings

Let’s take a look in detail at UI Changes

Material Design-

It doesn’t have a name yet but we can expect its name will be Material Design 2. Android P has made changes to the quick settings tiles and to the settings pages, but there are also more minor changes to the status bar. The icons in settings all have own colors. The quick settings toggles are all now rounded and are blue when enabled. Now, we can’t expand quick settings tiles within the notification shade. See Screenshots below-

android p developer preview available see whats new

New notification panel-

In Android P notifications will have a new style. Now you can see full conversations as well as stickers and images also. When you long-press on a notification, the options will appear “stop notifications” or “keep showing.” So, no need o go in the setting.

New Transition Animations-

There are new animations for transitioning between activities, and new animations for opening an activity from the notifications. See the video.

Changes in Pixel Launcher-

A very fine change in the Pixel Launcher is that the search bar now has a microphone icon. The background is also more dominant so it’s clearer where the dock begins and the rest of the launcher ends.

What were your expectations?


Android P may Introduce Advanced Call Blocking Feature

XDA-Developers recently updated “we’re nearing the release of the first Android P Developer Preview (judging by how much activity has died down in AOSP)”. XDA also reported that the next major version of Android possibly brings support for IRIS Scanner.

According to XDA-Developers Android P may feature an advance stock dialer app. Sony Engineers are working on a ton of carrier-related changes in Android. As the engineers add new features to the stock dialer app: the ability to block calls from unknown numbers, private numbers, pay phones, or any numbers not in your contact list.

According to string shown in above image, you can block phone numbers in the following criteria:

  • Phone number not in the contacts list
  • Phone number not disclosed by the caller (Private number)
  • The phone number is from a payphone
  • The phone number does not have any caller ID information

This feature would be disabled if a user places an emergency call. Sony engineer mentions that it is an “operator requirement” for a persistent notification to be displayed telling the user that call blocking has been disabled after an emergency call, so there should be no confusion or panic from the user in these circumstances.


Android P possibly bring support for iris scanners

At present, there are more smartphones in the market having the support of more than one biometric authentication mechanisms. If we talk about some popular flagships smartphones such as the Galaxy S9, OnePlus 5T, and the Redmi Note 5 Pro, these smartphones have fingerprint readers as well as face detection.

The Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, S9, and S9+, these are the Samsung‘s product which features iris scanner. Otherwise, there’s no native support for iris scanners in Android.

A report from XDA Developers stats that the next major version of Android (Android P) may bring native support for iris scanners to smartphones and tablets. A company named  Fingerprint Cards AB that provides fingerprint readers to a lot Android smartphone brands, including Google, Honor, Huawei, and Xiaomi, is also trying to incorporate native support for iris scanners in Android’s codebase.


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According to above image, third-party apps can make use of iris scanner to allow or disallow user on an Android device.


Android 8.0 Updates in Q3 2017 Codenamed Oreo

Android 8.0 Updates in Q3 2017 Codenamed Oreo

Google‘s next operating system Android 8.0 and its identified also with the codename Android O. The Android O timeline has been buzzing steadily towards its official launch with progress being made with the release of the first, second and third Developer previews. While Google’s new OS seems to be mostly in a finished state, there are a few new additions to the developer previews.


The first Developer Preview was launched in March this year with some update and in mid-May, the second Developer Preview was rolled out bringing more new contents. The third Android O Developer Preview for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL devices hit the Internet in June bringing some new APIs that would appear in the final version. The release of the fourth and final version is expected any moment from now before the Stable ROM starts rolling out.

Google has confirmed that Android 8.0 will be available for AOSP and ecosystem releases in the third quarter of this year after the Fourth and final Developer Preview ha rolled out. This means the last preview should come out any moment from now since we are already in the third quarter. Although there is no specific release date yet, a number of sources are pointing to a release in August this year.

Android 8.0 codenamed Oreo, is expected to come with a number of new features, including support for picture-in-picture, application badges, notification dots, support for automatic filling, higher text selection, a substantial improvement of the notification system. There are also some changes seen in the Developer Preview already, such a new media notification, new icon, and clock.


Android 8.0 is Android Oatmeal Cookie, Not Oreo

Android 8.0 is Android Oatmeal Cookie, Not Oreo

Google’s Android 8.0 was expected to introduce as Android Oreo. But now a leaked information has hinted that it would be launching as Android Oatmeal Cookie.

The Android 8.0 source code and commit logs contains some references to “oc-dev.” It is now being speculated that “oc” may probably stand for “Oatmeal Cookie.” This is not just one evidence that claims that Android 8.0 would be called Oatmeal Cookie. It is said that there was references of Oatmeal Cookie at the Google I/O 2017 event that was held in May this year.

Here are the references of Oatmeal Cookie in Google I/O slide-

The first developer preview of Android 8.0 was released in March. In May came its second developer preview. Earlier this month, the third Android 8.0 developer preview was released. Google is expected to release the last developer preview soon and in the third quarter of this year, Google will be releasing the final version of Android 8.0 At that time, its actual moniker will be announced.

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones will come preinstalled with Android O. Also, the Android O be also brought first to last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. And also speculations have it that the LG V30 that is rumored to get announced on Aug. 31 would be the first non-Google phone to arrive preinstalled with it.


Android Co-Founder May Unveiled Their First Phone on May 30

Android Co-Founder May Unveiled Their First Phone on May 30


Andy Rubin(known as the father of Android), the co-founders of Android(before Google acquired it) is almost ready to unveil the first smartphone of his company Essential. The official company Twitter account posted a tweet for the first time, announcing that “something big” would be coming on May 30.

The front side of the phone is mainly occupied by its display and it has a slim button-less chin. The phone sports ultra-slim bezels. The protective case that the phone is wearing has three cutouts which could be for a USB Type-C port, a headphone jack, and an external speaker(see below).


Rumors have it that the phone features a pressure-sensitive display like the one present on recent iPhones. Rubin has already teased the first look of the phone.

And its specifications have also appeared on the GFXBench benchmarking platform. The phone has scored 1,844 points on single-core test and 5,426 on multi-core test.


Specifications (According to rumor):

Essential Android smartphone will come with 5.5-inch screen that supports a resolution of 2,560 x 1,312 pixels and it is powered by Snapdragon 835 and 4 GB of RAM. The display provides an aspect ratio 80:41 which is similar to 18:9 on the LG G6.

This phone is powerd by Snapdragon 835 and 4 GB of RAM. It has 16 GB internal storage. For photography it comes with 12-megapixel of rear-facing camera and a frontal shooter of 8-megapixel camera.

The phone is preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat.

Some rumors also suggest that Eddential Phone will support 3D Touch similar to iphone and this phone can snap high resolution 360-degree photos.

It was also reported in January that the device could feature metal sides and a ceramic back panel. The elusive Essential Android smartphone has been allegedly spotted in a new ad from Michelin. A mysterious phone pops up in the ad at 0:07 and is visible only for a second. Here is the Michelin ad:

(source: Gizmochina)

Google Opinion Rewards Android App Now Available in India, Earn Credit

Google Opinion Rewards Android App Now Available in India, Earn Credit


Google Opinion Rewards is a google’s survey app, now available in India. The Google Opinion Rewards Android app lets people answer few survey questions and earn Google Play credits in return.

The app was so far available in select countries excluding India. But now it is available in India. The benefit of this app is you can purchase paid app on Play store using the credits you earn from Google Opinion Reward app.

“Getting started is easy. Download the app and answer basic questions about yourself. We’ll then send you surveys around once a week, although it may be more or less frequent. You’ll get a notification on your phone when a short and relevant survey is ready for you and can receive up to $1 in Play credit for completing it.

For more information reads the app description on the Google Play.