Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Android P Developer Preview released by Google with notch support, notification improvements

Android P Developer Preview released by Google with notch support, notification improvements

The company is providing a system image link for each of the four compatible devices on the Get Android P webpage. Those without a Pixel device can use the Android emulator to test their Android apps.

The Android P Developer Preview 1 build does contain an Easter egg. There are factory images for the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL, and you can sideload them right now. Developers and Android enthusiasts can now get it up and running on select devices.

It's important to keep in mind, however, that Android P is in beta, and that a lot of things will break or be broken.

A new multi-camera API has been introduced, allowing you stream video footage from two or more cameras at once on an Android P device.

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As for what's included in this update, Google has included quite a few new goodies.

As expected, Android P brings support for the notch, something that Apple popularized with the iPhone X and is now being widely embraced by Android OEMs.

Well, as it turns out, there is indeed an Easter egg in Android P Developer Preview 1, but some people may be dissapointed to learn that it's a rather simple one.

Google says that the final release of Android P will come in Q3 2018. This looks like a nice starting point, though, with Google rolling out several smaller changes that ought to help improve the Android user experience. Google doesn't recommend installing Android P on your main phone, and more specifically, the company warns consumers against installing this first build at all.

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