Google dropped a bombshell on us today—the first Android P Developer Preview. Widely expected to release this month, the first Android 9.0 builds are now available for the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 2 XL. Unfortunately, support has been dropped for the Google Pixel C, Google Nexus 5X, and Google Nexus 6P. Android P Developer Preview 1 brings a plethora of changes to the mix, and in this article we’ll be diving in to list most of what we’ve found on the surface level.
What’s New in Android P Developer Preview 1 for the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 series
Here’s a summary of all of the changes below in bullet point format. We recommend you take a cursory glance at this, but scroll down to see screenshots/videos and a description of each new change.
• User Interface changes in Android P Developer Preview 1
• New UI for settings/quick settings
• New notification style for messages
• New transition/notification expansion animations
• Updated Pixel Launcher with voice search icon and more prominent dock
• Battery saver no longer shows orange warning
• Always on display shows battery info and centers notifications
• New Easter Egg.
• About phone screen now shows additional info in a popup window.
• Quality of Life changes in Android P Developer Preview 1
• Built-in screenshot editor.
• Screenshot button in power menu
• Text selection zoom (like iOS)
• Battery saver can now be scheduled.
• Do Not Disturb has been simplified down to a single mode
• Volume buttons now control media volume by default
• Adaptive Brightness is now much more useful as it actually changes the base brightness level
• Hotspot can be turned off automatically if no devices are connected
• Rotation can be locked to landscape mode
• Multi-Bluetooth HFP/A2DP support
• Individual Wi-Fi networks can now be set to metered/unmetered
• Private DNS (DNS-over-TLS)
• Vibration controls in Accessibility Settings
• Accessibility option to disable all animations
• SysTrace tool is now built-in
• Recently posted notifications are now shown in notification settings