Rumors began swirling earlier this week about the possibility of Google releasing Android P in a developer preview state ahead of Google I/O. Sure enough, the official Android P Developer Preview 1 has hit the ground running and is now available for download.
There are a handful of new changes in Android P Developer Preview 1, but it’s worth mentioning that this is an extremely early “baseline build” of the software. That means you probably don’t want to run this on your primary Android device.
Sad that it’s even come to this…
New features include support for sensor cutouts (aka notches), improved/redesigned notifications with inline photos and conversations, multi camera API, indoor positioning support (WiFi RTT), open mobile API for NFC payments, Neural Networks API 1.1, HDR VP9 Profile 2 video support, HEIF image encoding (for improved image compression), autofill improvements, small UI tweaks (like the clock now being displayed in the left corner) — and lots more.
Android P DP1 includes an updated SDK for developers along with system images you can manually flash on the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, or Android Emulator. Google points out that they’ll be regularly updating the system images and SDK and that while the Android Beta isn’t currently open for Android P, enrollments will eventually open up as things become a little more stable. For more on exactly when Google plans on releasing these updates, just take a look at the timeline above or visit the Program Overview page here.
For now, you can head on over to the link down below to get downloading, or visit the official post on the Android Developers Blog to see what’s new.