Last updated on September 27th, 2018
The Android 8.0 Oreo operating system by Google is rolling out to numerous Android smartphones, but it won’t stop us talking about the next big update of Android which is known as “Android P”.
Android 9.0 P has initiated its developers’ preview, representing that it’s available now for developers, or individuals inquiring enough to check out some unfinished software. We’re predicting that you fit one of those two groups with ease, isn’t it?
Google has revealed 2018’s biggest upgrade a few months ahead of Google IO 2018 where it’ll dive deep into what to expect from the concluded release of P – expect its name. Here’s everything we know so far such as Android 9.0 P Features, rumours, and release date. So, let’s get going.
Android 9.0 Release Date:
Assumptions and Android 9.0 rumours are circulating that Google has bought out the first developer preview of Android P in early March 2018, and it would go on during the summer. However, we’re hoping to see the cadence of beta updates to hit every rare month until the ultimate version lands in August 2018, a year after Android Oreo landed.
Without a doubt, Android 9 will arrive in Google’s phones first e.g. Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Furthermore, it’ll most likely make its real debut in the Google Pixel 3 on the verge of the year’s end.
What Will Android 9.0 Be Called?
Since the earlier days of Android updates have been named in alphabetical orders which are as follow:
- Android 1.5 Cupcake
- Android 1.6 Donut
- Android 2.2 Eclair
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- And currently Android 8.0 Oreo
We would see Android P launch as Android 9.0 in 2018. Though the name won’t be announced until the summer, but we could guess as to what it could be. Perhaps the name could be Android Pie, Android Pumpkin Pie or Android Pecan Pie, thanks to Android Pi within the Android Open Source Project. Does it sound very Google?
When Will Your Phone Get Android 9.0?
As mentioned above, Android 9.0 will be released in August 2018, but won’t be available to all Android devices with immediate effects. That update will be available for Google Pixel devices first and then we will start to see other Android devices with Android P out of the box at September’s IFA 2018 show.
Instead of Google itself, Android updates are rolled out by network operators and smartphone manufacturers; it is just because Android updates must first be tweaked to work with any customization they have made.
Those having Nokia phones with vanilla interfaces would get Android P updates (first to roll out the update), then the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, and HTC will begin rolling out Android 9.0 in late 2018/early 2019 thanks to Android P latest rumours.
However, several Android P leaks are suggesting that there is no guarantee that your phone will be updated to Android 9.0 as device disintegration is still a problem for the operating system.
Expected Features in Android 9.0:
Android P (Android 9.0) will be well-equipped with mentioned below key features:
- Display cutout APIs
- Multi-camera APIs
- Data cost sensitivity in JobScheduler
- ImageDecoder for bitmaps and drawables
- MessagingStyle and other notification updates
- Simplicity speed as well as many new ways to extend your apps
A Quick Review of Features:
We’re running short on information as there’d been very few rumours as to what we can expect from Android P. Based on XDA reports, Google will remove access to unofficial APIs – that will upset some developers.
Enthusiast site has reported that it’ll have Wi-Fi direct printing support and Bluetooth hearing aids, and better addition for Android things.
Most interestingly, Android 9 will prevent malicious apps running in the background and right to use your camera and mic to spy on you, said by AOSP (Android Open Source Project).
Another one of the most interesting rumours is that Android P will enable you to use your phone as a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse. Sounds lovely, right? It’ll work in a parallel way to the new Samsung DeX dock for Samsung Galaxy S9.
In addition, Android 9.0 Support Picture-in-Picture app, less defragmentation among devices, a faster rollout and great enhancements on battery life and performance.
According to Android P latest leaks, it is set to be adapted to support smartphones with a NOTCH design which you can see in Huawei P20 Pro, Vivo 9 and Asus ZenFone 5. The Android P will also support foldable displays such as that of Samsung Galaxy X and devices having multiple displays.
Call blocking is another possibility where you will be able to block private numbers have no ID or aren’t in your contacts list.
Is there anything else you would like to see in Android P? What would it be? Let us know in the comments below.