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Third developer preview confirms Android P is 'Android 9'

Third developer preview confirms Android P is 'Android 9'

Google used to give Android releases strange version numbers. We went through a phase were each new dessert name was just a 0.1 version increase—like Google was afraid of running out of numbers or something. All major Android releases for the last few years have added one whole number to the version, and it looks like Android P will be no different. The new DP3 release includes 'Android 9' in several places.

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Essential Phone's Android P Developer Preview updated with several fixes

Essential Phone's Android P Developer Preview updated with several fixes

Essential is in trouble. The PH-1 didn't do too well for a number of reasons, though it was significantly improved upon with consistent and quick updates. Even in its current situation, the company is continuing to provide excellent update support, having just pushed several fixes for its Android P Developer Preview.

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Android P enterprise improvements detailed: Simplified work profile, expanded kiosk mode, and security enhancements

Android P enterprise improvements detailed: Simplified work profile, expanded kiosk mode, and security enhancements

 

When someone says "Oh, that's just my work phone," you'd be surprised if it's not an iPhone. But Android does offer an increasingly capable enterprise experience, and more improvements are on the way with Android P this year. Many general new features have been uncovered and announced in recent weeks, particularly since the beta launched at Google I/O, but we haven't heard much about what used to be called Android for Work.

One tidbit that we got tipped about after the first developer preview was separate tabs for work and personal apps in the updated Pixel Launcher's app drawer, and now Google has outlined that feature and some others in a blog post.

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On Android P, touching the fingerprint scanner will prevent the phone from going to sleep

On Android P, touching the fingerprint scanner will prevent the phone from going to sleep

You're reading a gripping article or story on your phone and suddenly, the display goes a little dim. You know the 30 seconds or 1 minute display timeout you've set is great for regular use, but for reading stacked pieces of text, it's not nearly enough to get through one screen. So you touch the display a little, maybe swipe up and down, just to keep it from sleeping and you continue reading. With Android P, you can do something else: touch the fingerprint scanner.

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Android P DP2 Battery Saver remains active even after charging

Android P DP2 Battery Saver remains active even after charging

New Android versions always add little quality of life tweaks, and Android P is no exception. We've had Developer Preview 2 for a couple of weeks, and we're still discovering things to like about it. Case in point: some of our intrepid readers have noted that the Battery Saver toggle stays on after charging.

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Android P only shows four notification icons in the status bar

Android P only shows four notification icons in the status bar

There are many controversial UI decisions in the Android P developer preview, many of which appear to be geared toward phones with screen notches. One interesting quirk is a definite lack of icons up in the status bar. Android P only shows four notification icons, but Oreo shows many more.

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Android P on Pixel 2 might bring automatic color adjustments, predictive settings

Android P on Pixel 2 might bring automatic color adjustments, predictive settings

In keeping with the theme of doing things for you (see: machine learning-assisted adaptive brightness), Android P on Pixel 2 may introduce options to automate even more settings. The good people at XDA Developers have found evidence that the color calibration page will eventually feature an "automatic" option and that there will be settings suggestions that toggle certain settings based on your routines.

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Android P will crash unresponsive apps instead of showing ANR dialogs

Android P will crash unresponsive apps instead of showing ANR dialogs

It's always a pain when an Android app triggers that "X Application isn't responding" dialog. The "Wait" option often doesn't work, making "Close app" the preferred choice for most users. To alleviate this, Google has simply taken that ANR dialog away from Android P. Instead, unresponsive apps will now automatically crash.

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Android P's new Overview app switcher is part of the launcher

Android P's new Overview app switcher is part of the launcher

Android P DP2 introduced the very controversial gesture navigation during last week's Google I/O, and with it came a new interface for the app switcher (aka Overview or Recents). Instead of scrolling up and down to move between tiny cards of your open apps and swiping sideways to close them, you now scroll sideways between full snapshots of your open apps and swipe up to close one of them. One detail that slipped by us, though, is that this whole interface is now bundled with the Pixel Launcher, not the Android system.

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Android P lets you disable some of System UI and Android System's notifications, like battery, screenshot, car mode, and more

Android P lets you disable some of System UI and Android System's notifications, like battery, screenshot, car mode, and more

For the longest time, you couldn't control any of the notifications coming on your phone from Android itself. Things like apps running in the background or using battery, networks alerts or your VPN status had to stay there front and center in your notifications until you dismissed them. Then with Oreo's notification channels, you could at least lower the importance of a notification so it didn't take precious space in your drop-down. Oreo 8.1 also introduced one neat change: you could disable notifications for apps running in the background, but that was the only one to be turned off completely.

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