Now that the Android Developer Preview 3 (Beta 2) has dropped and we’ve had a few minutes to start diving into it, we figured it was time to start sharing any of the changes we’ve come across. In this post, we’ll continue to update it with tweaks, big and small, like the first one, which reveals which version of Android that P will be. Android P is Android 9 Yep! App Switcher Gets Clear All, Tweaks The app switcher UI has changed some from that last preview, which was the original major overhaul to the new gesture UI. You still swipe up on the home pill to get into the app switcher, but if you scroll all of the way to the left, you’ll now find a “Clear all” button. I know, contain yourselves. In addition to that addition, the UI now shows an app drawer background that should look familiar to those of you who jumped on the first Android P Developer Preview. The UI also seems to pop preview cards into place as you swipe up too, there’s a … [Read more...] about What’s New in Android P Developer Preview 3 (Beta 2)?
Android P’s next developer preview has arrived. Google released a timeline in March for when the developer preview would work its way out to consumers. The timeline said we’d be seeing Developer Preview 3 in early June and it looks like Google is on track for that. Factory and OTA images are live now. However, there is no sign of a traditional over-the-air rollout yet. Google posted the images for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Android’s Developer Blog indicates DP3 will make its way to other supported devices in the coming weeks. Those looking to flash the factory image will need an unlocked bootloader. However, users can sideload OTA files even if they have a locked bootloader. As always, doing a clean flash — that is, wiping a device before flashing — is recommended if possible. While DP2 has been relatively smooth, there are a few bugs that may be rooted in the dirty flash I did coming from Android 8.1. Also, some folks at Android … [Read more...] about Google releases Android P Developer Preview 3 factory images and OTAs [Update]
Google just released the Android P Developer Preview 3 (Beta 2)! This is not only the third preview of Android P, but according to Google’s release schedule, this should be a build that includes final APIs. That means an official SDK too, as well as Google Play publishing for developers who have been preparing for Android P to release. UPDATE: We’re keeping track of changes at this post! This Android P DP3 is not technically a release candidate (those will be DP4 and DP5), but as you can imagine after two previous releases, this should be the most stable version yet. This release is version PPP3.180510.008 for all four phones. Release Notes API level 28 The Android P Developer Preview 3 is available to the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. If you want to get started with it, you have a couple of options. You can either sign-up for the Android Beta or do a bit of extra work and flash the Preview 3 images. To sign-up for the Android Beta program, hit this … [Read more...] about Android P Developer Preview 3 Released! Grab It Now! (Updated)
Following its work on correctly placed cheese and returning gravity to beer foam, Google is fixing its other emoji. Included with Android P Developer Preview 3 are a number of new emojis and changes to existing emojis. Along with fancy new gender-neutral emoji, Google’s designers have taken the time to fix some of the company’s other emoji. Most of the work involves bringing certain emojis in line with Unicode’s descriptions. However, some emoji just needed a bit of love. Jennifer Daniel, a UX-Art manager for Google’s Expressions team, tweeted that the salad emoji no longer contains eggs. She later responded to the tweet, saying the new salad was designed to be more faithful to Unicode’s description. According to Unicode, the salad emoji should be “a bowl of healthy salad, containing lettuce, tomato and other salad items such as cucumber.” Beyond simply aligning design with description, Daniel felt the need to cheer up some of the animals. The … [Read more...] about Google updates salad, goat emoji in Android P Developer Preview 3
Android P Developer Preview 4 (Beta 3) just went live! Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL all have new files labeled as build PPP4.180612.004. This is a release candidate and should be the most stable build yet. As DP4, we’ll have one more Developer Preview as DP5 before we get stable, likely in August. UPDATE: We’re tracking Android P DP4 changes right here. NOTE: Google also pushed out the July security patch to Nexus and Pixel devices on Android 8.1 Here are the build details for DP4: API level 28Date: July 2018Build: PPP4.180612.004 (See supported Android P Beta devices)Emulator support: x86 & ARM (32/64-bit)Security patch level: June 2018Google Play services: 12.4.46 You can grab the files right here (factory images) and here (OTA)or wait for the Android Beta file to start rolling out. … [Read more...] about Android P Developer Preview 4, Beta 3 Goes Live for Pixel and Pixel 2!
With Android P Developer Preview 4 (Beta 3) now ready and rolling out, it’s time for another “What’s new?” post. We’ll continue to update this post as we dive in and look for changes from the past preview. Again, this is DP 4 (Beta 3), arrives as build PPP4.180612.004, and is available to Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. You can grab it right away for manual flashing or can sit back and wait for the Beta to push out. New Back button! This may seem silly, but the navigation gestures that were introduced with Android P that are quite controversial, have an updated back button. It used to be an enclosed triangle and now it’s a back arrow. That’s it. It looks slightly nicer, though! Styling tweaks in notification shade This is another subtle change, but the icons in the notification shade have all changed slightly. Most of the icons are now outlines (battery saver, flashlight, DND, etc.) rather than filled in. The Settings button and … [Read more...] about What’s New in Android P Developer Preview 4 (Beta 4)?