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Google Pay is broken for many in Android P DP4, though a fix may be rolling out

Google Pay is broken for many in Android P DP4, though a fix may be rolling out

Android P is shaping up to be a pretty sizable milestone for the platform, but although the beta releases have been surprisingly stable, they aren't without bugs. They are "previews" after all, and in the latest image, there is one small regression worth noting: SafetyNet tests are failing. As a result, services like Google Pay which check for device security using SafetyNet are also broken, though not every phone on the latest previews is affected. According to a few recent reports, a server-side fix for the issue may be rolling out. 

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[Update: Status bar also tweaked] Android P DP4 refreshes entire UI's iconography by removing fill

[Update: Status bar also tweaked] Android P DP4 refreshes entire UI's iconography by removing fill

We'd thought that the latest Android P developer preview wouldn't be seeing very many visual changes given that it's the fourth of its kind, but it looks like we were wrong. DP4 has brought a pretty extensive iconography refresh, removing the fill from icons across the entire interface.

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Android P's Accessibility Menu replaces gestures and hardware buttons

Android P's Accessibility Menu replaces gestures and hardware buttons

At I/O, Google announced a set of new accessibility features for Android P, one of which was a new Accessibility Menu for motor-impaired users. It makes it easier to perform nine actions that would otherwise require precise gestures or hardware button presses. We looked for the menu in Android P DP2, which rolled out at I/O, but didn't find it then. Now, it's there, but it turns out it was likely implemented in DP3, but we didn't spot it until DP4 showed up yesterday.

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Android P DP4 trims down the Direct Share targets to 4 instead of 8

Android P DP4 trims down the Direct Share targets to 4 instead of 8

It's no secret that we're not the biggest fans of Android's Share menu. A couple of months ago, I wrote an exposé detailing everything that's wrong with it, including its slowness, inconsistency, and the mess that is Direct Share. With Android P Developer Preview 4, which was released yesterday, Google decided to do one thing about it, but it's not what you think: Direct Share targets have been reduced to four.

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Android P DP4 gesture app switcher now has full-width slider and larger previews

Android P DP4 gesture app switcher now has full-width slider and larger previews

One of the most divisive (read: generally disliked) features in Android P is the new gesture navigation system, which brings all the convenience of unintuitive, non-descriptive interface elements together with precisely none of the visual space-savings you'd expect to gain from gestures. The latest Android DP4/Beta 3 tweaks the pill-based app switcher a bit, stretching the track for the slider to fill the full width of your screen and expanding app previews to be a lot bigger.

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Manual toggle for dark and light launcher themes debuts in Android P DP4

Manual toggle for dark and light launcher themes debuts in Android P DP4

Google introduced the dark launcher theme on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, eventually expanding it to the first gen Pixels with the Android 8.1 update. However, there was no way to change the theme manually—it was always based on the wallpaper. Google recently promised a toggle, and now it's here in the latest Android P preview.

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Android P DP4 revises gesture navigation button design

Android P DP4 revises gesture navigation button design

Android P DP4 just debuted earlier today, and even on the fourth developer preview, Google is still adding new changes. We'd thought that the only new things we'd be seeing by now were stability and bug fixes, but apparently not. The gesture navigation introduced back in May has received a new back button in DP4.

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Essential releases latest P Beta and July security patches same day as Google

Essential releases latest P Beta and July security patches same day as Google

Essential may have given up on its next smartphone, but it hasn't given up on the one it has. Updates have been delivered with Pixel-level timeliness. Case in point: The Essential's updated Android P beta is rolling out today, a mere hour or so after Google. Monthly security updates for July are also rolling out. And, you guessed it, Google only just pushed those patches out, too. 

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Android P Developer Preview 4 is now available

Android P Developer Preview 4 is now available

It's showing up a little later than we expected, but the fourth Android P Developer Preview is rolling out today. It's available on the first and second generation Pixel phones as both a system image and an OTA file. However, the Android beta program updates aren't going out quite yet.

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Muzei v2.6 adds support for Android P devices with display notches

Muzei v2.6 adds support for Android P devices with display notches

Muzei ensures your Android phone always feels fresh with a new and beautiful wallpaper every day. Its most recent update adds support for the latest crop of devices with display notches, and improves performance.

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