Google IO was quite interesting this time as it made a very relevant news for India that the Android P beta version was coming to a lot more devices. The previous list already had the names of four of the best selling brands in India, namely Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo and OnePlus. So, now even Nokia and Essential devices would have Android P beta.
This is especially exciting because till now, the beta version of an Android operating system (OS) is usually exclusive to Google phones, like the Pixel and Pixel 2. Samsung was probably the most prominent name to be absent from that list of participants.
This change in direction points to a faster rollout of Android updates on smartphones in general. But since these brands do focus their business on India, it also means users can expect faster updates.
Google has introduced support for screens with two notches in its latest Android P developer preview (DP2). As stated by reports, developers can not only preview how their app would look on a display with a center or corner notch but also what it would look like with both a top and a bottom notch.
This Android P developer previews offer a way for developers to prepare apps for compatibility with the next major Android version, which itself is being primed for upcoming smartphones and technologies. With dual-notch support being a part of the latest preview, there’s also a good chance that devices with this type of design would be produced in the future.
In fact, manufacturers have already planned devices with two notches. Patents revealed in late April suggest that ZTE has been considering a device with this a dual-notch display. The ZTE patents show a phone with a small notch at the top for a camera and a notch at the bottom for the home button.
Now, these notches have been a very divisive feature on Android devices, where the recent influx of them suggests that they are here to stay. At least the new developer preview will give developers time to prepare for the two-notch possibility, and offer greater support for them.
Now, this entire step mainly looks at reducing the disconnect between Google, Android devices and customizing user interfaces, something the company has been trying to get a handle on for over a year now.
In conclusion, according to reports, the Android P would be made available on seven smartphones – the Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Essential PH-1, Oppo R15 Pro, OnePlus 6 and Nokia 7 Plus. But, nonetheless, this development definitely paves the way for faster updates on future devices under these brands.