The next hot topic in smartphones is here and you’ll be surprised to learn it is not another iPhone update. The technology everyone is currently talking about actually belongs to Android P.
Developers released the third public beta version of Android P recently, which is equivalent to the 4th developer version. While it is not overflowing with never-before-seen features and futuristic capabilities, it is considered to be a massive improvement upon many of the bugs and behavioral issues found in prior versions.
Some fixes seem inconsequential. Others have been long-awaited. Here are the Android P third public beta version features that might help convert even the most devoted iPhone user.
Gone are the days when the default volume adjustment applied only to your notifications rather than your media. The new Android P third public beta version will employ a rocker panel that directly controls your media volume.
Smart Dashboard & Wind Blown Mode
Completely new to Android phones is the dashboard feature. This helpful new screen will allow you to track your screen time. You can even choose to integrate this feature with certain apps to suggest screen breaks and set up limits. Similarly, Wind Blown Mode allows you to set an automatic “bedtime” during which your phone will be placed on “Do Not Disturb,” and your screen will revert to grayscale.
The third public beta version of Android P comes complete with an expanded notification response menu, meaning you can conduct more of your business without having to open your applications. Improvements include smart reply suggestions and the ability to attach photos in the reply bar.
The expansion of App Actions and the inclusion of the new Android Slices proves that Android is paying close attention to AI in their latest update. Both allow the phone to make smarter, more detailed suggestions based on previous activity and predictive technology.
Privacy and Security
Improvements to privacy and security are usually on the docket for any OS update. In the case of the newest version of Android P, updates include on-phone verification to access encrypted sources, a randomly generated MAC address for every network accessed, and restricted background app access to phone sensors such as the microphone and camera.
Perhaps the most anticipated of the new Android P features is the ability for it to support multiple camera configurations. One of the most popular reasons to choose a phone with an Android OS is simply the diverse range of options available. Android users are not restricted to a single manufacturer or design concept. This has made it difficult for camera technology to be consistent across all devices.
The Android OS did its best to accommodate some of the more popular configurations in the past, leaving other, less common models out of their support system. The newest version of Android P, however, uses Multi-Camera API to combine image impressions from multiple cameras at once on any phone with an Android OS. Translation? You now have native support for your camera configuration regardless of your manufacturer.
Again, these are not all of the updates rolling out with the third public beta version of Android P. They are however, the most useful!