Google treats us to a brand new version of Android every year, and in 2018 that upgrade is called Android P.Here’s everything you need to know about the OS, including all the new features, and when your phone can expect to get it.
How to get the Android P Developer Preview
Released in early March, the Android P Developer Preview is available only to the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. You can download the Android P system image and flash it to your device, or run Android P in an emulator.
If you do decide to flash the Developer Preview, to revert to your current OS you’ll need to flash a factory image.
A consumer preview will be available soon, likely at Google I/O in May. We’d strongly recommend waiting until then to try the latest features.
What will Android 9.0 be called?
Since the early days of Android updates have been named after sweet treats and in alphabetical order. So far we’ve seen:
- Android Donut (v1.6)
- Android Eclair (v2.0)
- Android Froyo (v2.2)
- Android Gingerbread (v2.3)
- Android Honeycomb (v3.0)
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0)
- Android Jelly Bean (v4.1)
- Android KitKat (v4.4)
- Android Lollipop (v5.0)
- Android Marshmallow (v6.0)
- Android Nougat (v7.0)
- Android Oreo (v8.0)
we’re still waiting for the full title, might be reveal soon.
When is Android 9.0 coming out?
A consumer preview of Android 9.0 will most likely be announced during Google I/O 2018, which we expect to take place in mid-May, potentially 16-18 May 2018. As before with Oreo the developer preview was announced earlier in March.
What new features to expect in Android 9.0?
- Simplicity, speed, and many new ways to extend your apps
- MessagingStyle and other notification updates
- ImageDecoder for bitmaps and drawables
- Data cost sensitivity in JobScheduler
- Display cutout APIs
- Multi-camera APIs
According to Bloomberg, Android is also set to be adapted to support phones with a ‘notch’ design, as introduced by the iPhone X. The upcoming OS will also support foldable displays, such as that of the Galaxy X, and devices with multiple displays.
Another interesting rumour from XDA is that Android P will allow you to use your phone as a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse. It will work in a similar way to the new Samsung DeX dock for the Galaxy S9.