Google is already working on the next Android version “P”, although not all current phones are running Android 8 Oreo. The first trial version of Android 9 is already available for Pixel smartphones to download. Here you will find all information about the next operating system.
Google has been providing developers with a first preview version of Google P since mid-March 2018 – or even those who are already curious about the new features. So far, however, you can only try Android P on the Google smartphones Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The Developer Preview 2 will be released in early May according to schedule – probably in line with the Google I / O 2018, which takes place from 8 to 10 May. Then come three more preview versions of Android P, before the final operating system in Q3 – probably August – will be rolled out.
Android P Features
Google itself gives a small overview of new features and APIs. Over time, more features will be announced, which we will cover at this point.
Display Notch: The upcoming Android version supports a display Notch, as you know from the iPhone X, among others. Thanks to the support, developers can easily adjust the position and shape of the section in which content is not displayed. It was not until the end of February that some Android smartphones with this notch were presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – so the trend is clearly towards this design element.
Improved messaging: Android P now supports images in the notifications. So if you receive a photo, it will be displayed directly in the notification menu. In addition, in Android P, texts written to a message in the notification menu via the “Reply” button will be saved as a draft if the user accidentally closes the notification. Currently the written answer disappears and has to be re-typed.
Multi-Camera Support: So far, Android does not support natively multi cameras – it changes with Android P. Developers can then easily implement features like seamless zoom or bokeh. In addition, there is further improvement in the camera. Among other things, delays in the start of recording are reduced. In addition, Android P supports external USB cameras.
What does the “P” stand for?
Every major, new version of Android has the codename of a sweet. For example, Android 8 carries the name “Oreo”. What the “P” of the next version of Android is, is not yet known. The official name will probably be revealed shortly before official Relase. Until then it is advisable! Pie or pancake would be nice names.
What is custom ROM?
ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.
The new Android 8.0 Oreo comes with many new features :
- Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
- Better RAM Management.
- Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
- It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
- Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
- OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
- Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
- More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
- See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
- New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
- SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
- State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
- and other cool features.
Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to Oreo 8.0.
Step 1:Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.
Step 2:Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.
Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.
Step 3:Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.
Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android Oreo 8.0 file first. Download Android Oreo_8.0.zip