Google Releases First Developer Preview of Android P

Developers can now take a preview version of Google's Android P mobile operating system for a test drive, but only if they have official Android Emulators or Pixel devices. However, unlike past Android previews for developers, this one will not be supported on Nexus devices.

Released yesterday, the first developer preview of Android P (pictured above) promises a wide assortment of new features: indoor positioning and navigation support via Wi-Fi RTT (round-trip time), support for full-screen content and imaging that works with notched displays, expanded messaging notifications, multi-camera support, and new options for app security.

Expect more details and a beta version of Android P that's available to a wider swath of the public to arrive in May, around the time of the Google I/O developer conference. The general consumer release for Android P -- full name yet to be determined -- is set for the third quarter of this year. The current version of Android, Android Oreo, was released in August.

Support for In-Building Navigation

As an early, developer-only release, the Android P preview is an early baseline build that's likely to be buggy and unfit for daily use. For that reason, Google is making it available to developers via manual download and flash only, rather than by an automated, over-the-air update, vice president of engineering Dave Burke said in a blog post.

"Early feedback from our developer community is crucial in helping us evolve the platform to meet your needs," Burke wrote. "As we get closer to a final product, we'll be inviting consumers to try it out as well, and we'll open up enrollments through Android Beta at that time."

The new Wi-Fi RTT is aimed at eventually enabling users to map and navigate indoor spaces similar to how GPS allows outdoor navigation. Indoor positioning, which can measure distances...

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