Android P Developer Preview Hits The Streets

Google today launched the first Android P developer preview which available for download now at

Some notes on what’s on offer for download:

The preview includes an updated SDK with system images for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and the official Android Emulator. Unlike last year, there is no emulator for testing Android Wear on Android P.

Interesting that there’s nothing there to test Android Wear devices. I guess that has something to do with the fact that Android Wear devices pretty much got hammered by Apple Watches in the marketplace. Or they haven’t gotten around to it yet. Who knows?

But I digress.

Why should you care? Here’s what Android P…. One has to wonder what food item that will be used to market this OS…… Popsicles perhaps?…… Has going for it:

  • Android P offers support for “the latest edge-to-edge screens with display cutout for camera and speaker,” with a new “DisplayCutout” class for outlining the size and shape of a notch on an Android device. Seeing as Android device makers are copying the iPhone X and its notch.
  • Indoor positioning APIs so that your phone will more accurately grab a location indoors.
  • Enhanced notifications
  • Multi-camera support
  • HEIF image support
  • Restricted access to the mic, camera, and other hardware
  • Open Mobile API for NFC payments and secure transactions

Expect this OS to ship sometime in Q3.


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