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Android P Developer Preview three got here out yesterday, and we’re right here to interrupt down all of the adjustments in Google’s newest in-development Android launch. After Preview 2 was deemed a beta, Google is asking this launch “Beta 2.” There aren’t a ton of adjustments on this launch, largely a little bit of polish and a few bug fixes. The newest launch is at the moment accessible for Google’s Pixel telephones, whereas beta-compatible units from Important, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Sony, Vivo, and Xiaomi shall be up to date within the coming weeks.

Simply as has been the case for each main Android launch for the previous few years, it looks like Android P will include a full model quantity bump. After Android eight.zero Oreo final yr, Preview three of Android P refers back to the OS as “Android 9” within the settings. “Android 9” could be a little bit of a change from the standard “x.zero” format. Google can also be declaring the Android P APIs to be closing with this launch, so it’s giving it the official designation of “API degree 28,” and Android P apps can now be uploaded to the Play Retailer. This construct can also be a bit extra consumer-ready and would not present as many developer warnings and error messages as earlier builds (Google shut off the banned API warnings).

Now on to the brand new stuff…

All 157 new emoji

The largest change in Preview three is the addition of 157 new emoji. These are all Google variations of the Unicode Emoji 11.zero glyphs introduced earlier this yr. Above we have dutifully documented the 77 distinctive glyphs, and the 16 individuals emoji (together with two physique components) add an additional 5 pores and skin tones every. Emoji 11.zero fills in some gaps in all places: there are new smiley faces, a bunch of animals, science emojis, superheroes, and extra hairstyles.

Google additionally made some revisions to current emoji. There are actually gender-neutral variants of the “Household” and “Couple with coronary heart” emoji. The bacon now appears cooked, the place earlier than it was so purple it might be uncooked. The salad emoji is now eggless and due to this fact vegan. There is a completely revamped turtle, and the “cricket” emoji is brown as an alternative of inexperienced, which gave off extra of a “grasshopper” vibe.

UI Tweaks

Android P is changing the fingerprint APi with a brand new “biometrics” API that can higher help issues like in-screen fingerprint readers and different biometrics. Presumably, as a part of the entire fingerprint revamp, the enrollment course of is getting a little bit of a revamp too. In Preview three, it now has a colourful fingerprint icon that lights up as you scan your finger.

The safety web page now makes use of inexperienced icons as an alternative of blue for Google Play Defend scans, Discover My System, and Safety Updates. This implies there’s now a inexperienced/yellow/purple motif for out-of-date or turned-off options.

The brand new horizontal Current apps has a brand new spring-loaded animation when it opens up, and there is now a clear-all button on the finish of the checklist. There’s additionally one final tweak to the notification panel.

With Android P we have seen Android undertake an increasing number of of the “Google Sans” font (previously named “Product Sans”), the identical font used to render Google’s brand. In Preview three the font has been up to date from model 1.023 to 1.028, and moreover a couple of tweaks to current glyphs, there are some new glyphs that appear to be particularly for drawing the Google brand. Every letter of the Google brand will get its personal glyph, together with the funky slanted “e” (this doesn’t change the usual “e”). There may be even one “letter” that’s the complete Google brand, all of sudden. I’m not positive what this shall be used for, however usually interfaces will use particular fonts for drawing small objects as an alternative of a bunch of bitmaps.

Play Companies modules get reorganized

As we coated within the Android eight.zero evaluate, Google Play Companies is getting chopped up from a single, monolithic APK into a number of smaller APKs. Play Companies is a large catch-all app for system-level Google options, and with a smaller, modular format, an app can load solely part of Play Companies into reminiscence, slightly than the entire thing. For the modular model, the Play Companies APK is blown up into smaller items every named “Dynamite” (get it?), and in Android P there have been a couple of adjustments.

In Android eight.zero the Play Companies modules have been named “DynamiteLoader.apk,” and “DynamiteModuleA,” B, C, and D. These generic names have been laborious to maintain monitor of. When you wished to know what module did what, you’d need to crack every one open and go searching. In Android P we nonetheless have DynamiteLoader and Modules “A” and C,” however now there’s “AdsDynamite.apk” for apps that present adverts, “CronetDynamite” for apps that want Chrome’s networking stack, and “MapsDynamite” for the Google Maps API.

When you’re counting, that is another Play Companies module than we had in Android eight.zero, which had modules for Advertisements, Maps, Google Forged, and Cornet. Like in eight.zero, ModuleC continues to be for Google Forged, however I believe ModuleA is at the moment empty. That may give us the identical modules as eight.zero, simply with modified names.

Aside from that, it is only a common bug-fix launch. The ultimate model of Android P shall be out a while in Q3.


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