Google Pixel and Pixel 2 series gets Android P developer preview

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Android P works around the notch modern smartphones have, and this will also make it easier for app developers to optimize their apps, so they can either work around the notch or keep it right under it and under the status bar. The developer preview has only been made available to Pixel owners as of now. With more and more Android devices launching with an iPhone X-like notch, Google seems to have given in on the trend. "You can check whether the current device has a cutout by calling getDisplayCutout (), and then determine the location and shape of the cutout area using DisplayCutout", writes Dave Burke, Google VP of Engineering.

One of the more notable features touted by Google is new messaging notifications. Basically, faster way to deal with notifications. Apps will be able to access various phone sensors, for example the microphone, only when they are running on the screen or showing up in the activity tab on the lock-screen. Just like any other phone maker, Google wants to launch handsets with interesting new features that give it a slight edge over the competition. These include performance improvements and code optimizations. And that list has sparked a bit of controversy. Over at Droid-Life, they've taken the liberty of ripping the Pixel Launcher that comes installed in the developer preview and releasing it to the World Wide Web to enjoy.

Android P will not support the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C tablet, though Android 8.1 did. The announcement is a big one for Android users.

As this is a preview build, it is not only not aimed at the masses, but is also only compatible with a handful of Android phones - specifically the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

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This isn't the end of the line for the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P. In this period, the devices will be nearly three years older and for that reason, the giant is dropping support for the new updates on these devices. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ). For security, Google plans a consistent UI for fingerprint authentication across apps and devices. It only ever promised two years of updates. No Nexus phone now in use out there will not receive the Android P update.

Well, the Android P is out, as you may already know.

Alternatively, you can load the preview build on the Android emulator to taste the new dessert.

That is a topic worth discussing, if Android fans and users are looking to discuss something.

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