Android P News & Guides

News: Volume Buttons in Android P Actually Control Media by Default Now

In stock Android Oreo and below, the volume rockers change ringer volume by default unless audio is currently playing. In order to adjust media volume when media isn't playing, you have to tap the down arrow next to the ringer volume slider that appears at the top of the screen to see the option. Now, Android P has flipped things around, giving media volume the limelight.

How To: Get Android P's New Ringtones & Notifications on Any Phone

Android P still has a ways to go until its debut later this year, but thanks to the developer preview, we've gotten a glimpse of what's to come. Right now, the beta version is only available for Pixel devices, so most Android users will have to wait to try the new features. Thankfully, you can get a taste of the Android P experience on any phone right now.

How To: Install Android P on Your Pixel Using a Mac

While installing the new Android P Developer Preview is fairly easy if you're using a Windows machine, it's a little trickier if you want to use macOS instead. To help you get the latest Android OS on your Google Pixel phone, we'll break down the whole process so using your Mac can be as simple as Windows.

How To: Use Screen Pinning in Android P to Lock Apps in the Foreground

Screen pinning is a fairly unknown feature despite the fact that it's been around since 2014. It's a helpful security tool that limits access to your device to only one app — perfect for those times when someone asks to borrow your phone. While previous versions kept this feature exactly the same, Android P's new multitasking UI changes the way it works.

How To: Downgrade from Android P Back to Oreo on Your Pixel

If you installed the preview of Android P when it dropped last week, you might have enjoyed trying out some of the new features coming to the latest version of Google's OS. However, the first preview is essentially an alpha build, so you might be wishing you could downgrade back to an official release like Oreo. Good news — you can.

News: 44 Cool New Features & Changes in Android P

Even though most phones don't have Oreo yet, Google has released the first beta tester build of Android P that anyone with a compatible device can install. It's available on Google's own Pixel devices, as well as partnered devices from Essential, Nokia, Oppo, Sony, Vivo, and Xiamoi, and we're already digging into it to highlight all of the features and changes.

How To: Get Oreo's Battery Menu Back on Android P (9.0)

One odd change found in the Android P Developer Preview is that the "Battery" menu no longer lets you see apps that are draining your battery nor gives access to usage details. However, one quick menu tweak will bring the Battery menu back in line with Android Oreo's, only there's a hidden setting you have to unlock first.

News: Check Out the Slick New Transition Animations in Android P

Google just dropped the new Android P developer preview for Pixel devices, and we're already finding plenty of cool new features. There's notch support, a new screenshot button, and even a way to edit screenshots after you've taken them, just to name a few. But one feature that's easy to overlook is the new transition animations, which have been completely revamped.

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