Google has announced Android P, the next generation of its mobile operating system. And one of the biggest changes that we see in this newly launched software is that Google is bringing notches, something which Apple has popularized with its iPhone X. It is a little cutout at the top of the phones with screens which will take up almost the entire handset.
It seems that in 2018, the notches are coming. It was just last month when Asus announced its smartphone Zenphone 5, and yes, it comes with a notch. Along with this, both Huawei and LG are rumoured to launch smartphones with notches soon.
According to IDC, Android is the dominant mobile software, powering 85% of smartphones across the world. Hence, Google’s focus on notches is a sign that a big change is about to come in the smartphone designs
Currently, however, Android P is still available only in preview mode and is meant only for software developers. Google is still working on it before it officially releases it globally.
At this point of time, everyone is guessing what the P will stand for. Will Google name it with after a sugary dessert, like its previous Android version? Android O was called Oreo, N was called Nougat, and M was called Marshmallow, and so on. Google is hoping that its new Android software version will make your phone easy and smooth as a….’Pie or will it be Pistachio?’ Here, we go again!
However, not every phone maker is launching notch on its device. Samsung, which is the biggest Android device maker, has avoided notches in its devices. Last year’s Galaxy S8 didn’t have it, neither does this year’s Galaxy S9 has it.
Other new features in Android P Preview:
Notifications are getting upgraded. Now you will be able to view images in notifications, something which will quickly tell who you are chatting with, along with the option to use Smart Replies, Google’s Al-powered responses to text that are already available in Gmail and its chat app Allo.
Android P also allows indoor mapping, such as, if you are at the airport or a conference hall. These features will have a potential impact for retailers as well as other vendors, who would want to gain your attention over a specific product available in the store.
This software also focuses on improving the battery life, making the phone more safe and secure. Now Android P will go on to restrict access to your smartphone’s microphone and camera while the apps are running in the background, ensuring bad actors and hacker are kept at bay. Android P will also go on to make it easier for third-party password managers to autofill username and password. This actually seems important as most of us are using passwords like LastPass, Password1 or 1Password and BitWarden would help in bringing a little order to our password chaos.
While Google is introducing all thee amazing features, the one major challenge that it will be facing is to make sure that people use them. The reason behind is that Android has got numerous hardware and carrier partners, who would like to add on their own flourishes to the software, and getting these updated to the latest version can be quite a task for Google. It is a problem which the industry calls ‘fragmentation.’
As per the figures of last month, about 1.1% Android users are using the current version of the software, Oreo. The maximum people which are 81% of the users are still on the previous version i.e. Nougat, Marshmallow and Lollipop.
The oldest Android version is Lollipop, which was released in 2014. If you compare this with Apple users, around 65% of them are on iOS 11, which is the latest version of its software for iPad and iPhone.