Google ends major OS support for Nexus phones and Pixel tablet

08 March, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Rolando Keller
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We'd love to get you started exercising the new features and APIs in P, and as always, we depend on your early feedback and ideas, so please give us your input!

In addition, the preview adds a new Bluetooth API to allow applications to take control of the device pairing and connection process.

Google today released the first Android P Developer Preview. How exactly that'll be used is up to developers, but Google says that apps will be able to pull in image data simultaneously from both dual-front or dual-rear setups. You can show conversations, attach photos and stickers, and even suggest smart replies.

Multiple cameras is becoming more and more common these days, so Google added a new multi-camera API to Android P - it lets developer access "multiple streams" from two (or more) camera lenses.

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HDR VP9 Video, HEIF image compression, and Media APIs - basically letting developers build support for HDR video into their apps from supported sources like YouTube, Google Play Movies and more. For example, apps running in the background of Android P will not be allowed to access the phone's microphone or camera.

Those phones got Oreo, but when P comes out in August or September they will be nearly three years old, so what Google is doing is at least consistent with its own policy. It can even enable a "fused camera stream" that auto-switches between two or more cameras.

A new feature called ImageDecoder will be replacing BitmapFactory as the way for developers to decode images to bitmaps or drawables, the post said.

Jobs can now declare their estimated data size, signal prefetching, and specify detailed network requirements-carriers can report networks as being congested or unmetered. Android P includes new features such as official cutout support - the notch is here to stay - and other under-the-hood improvements for developers to begin using in apps. ART now uses profile information for on-device rewriting of DEX files, with reductions up to 11 percent across a range of popular apps. A hardware abstraction layer (HAL) provides the underlying API for enumerating a variety of Secure Elements (eSE, UICC, and others).

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