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.
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.
Following in iOS 11's footsteps, Android P will include a security feature that lets you immediately disable the fingerprint scanner as well as extended Smart Lock features. After initiating the feature, you will be required to insert your PIN, pattern, or password before any other unlock methods will work again.
There's a new secret settings menu hiding in Android P that offers Chrome-style "flags" to the overall operating system. Since it's currently the first Developer Preview and Public Beta versions, it's possible that this menu could disappear entirely when the stable version finally gets released, but it could also persist in its current hidden state where you have to unlock it.
Android P is bringing in plenty of changes, but the headlining feature is a set of navigation gestures like the iPhone X uses. With Android 9.0, you can now navigate through your phone using a total of seven new swipe gestures.
To take a screenshot on Nexus and Pixel phones, you'd use the power + volume down button combo. For a brief moment, you could even use Google Now on Tap to take screenshots without those hardware buttons, but Google Assistant eventually removed the functionality. Now, easier screenshots are back with Android P.
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.
Auto rotation is generally useful, but it gets annoying when you trigger it accidentally. In past Android versions, you could lock rotation into portrait mode as a workaround, but you'd have to disable this every time you wanted to put your phone in landscape mode. Luckily, Android P has a great fix for this.
Thanks in large part to our phones, many of us don't get the recommended eight hours of sleep. In Android P, Google introduced a feature called "Wind Down" that aims to help combat this. However, thanks to a creative app developer, we don't need to wait for Android P to enjoy this feature.
Earlier this year, with the Developer Preview, we got a tantalizing glimpse of Google's upcoming Android P and a whole slew of new features that comes along with it, such as iPhone X-like gestures and improved security features, to name a few. With its announcement at Google I/O, Android P just got a lot more accessible.
Google just released the first version of Android P, but the Android community is already working its magic. Developer Quinny899 quickly ported the updated Pixel Launcher from the new build, so you can try it out on other phones right now.
If you ever want to go beyond the basics on your Android phone, unlocking the hidden "Developer options" menu is the first thing you should try out. With it unlocked, you can change the way parts of stock Android looks, enable ADB connectivity with your computer, add visual reactions to taps, and more.
Regardless of the operating system, selecting a piece of text on a touchscreen device is never fun. Thankfully, Google has finally added a new feature to Android P that will make it at least a little less annoying.
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.
With the recent launch of the Android P developer preview, many are clamoring to get their hands on some of the new features. Unfortunately for most Android users, Android P will not arrive on their device until 2019. The good news is you can add one of Android P's biggest UI changes to your phone today with a simple app.
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.
Samsung has had a rich screenshot editor in TouchWiz for years, and Apple even added a similar feature to iOS 11. Until now, stock Android has lagged behind in this area, but that's finally fixed in Android P.
While Android P introduced some significant changes to the core operating system, the feature most people will be talking about is the native gesture controls. By default, these gestures are disabled — but for those of us wanting to try to the future of Android, here's how to enable the new controls.
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.
Most Android phones don't even have an Oreo beta yet, but that's not stopping Google from releasing the preview to their next big update. Android P is here for developers to test, and with it, one of the more controversial additions in the Android world today — the notch.