On the other hand, Google will support the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for a minimum of three years of platform updates, meaning that they should even get Android R in 2020.

The Android P preview can also be uninstalled by downloading a factory image and manually flashing it to the device.

Google introduced the Neural Networks API in Android 8.1 to accelerate on-device machine learning on Android. Perhaps the most notable is official support for displays with a notch.


Google on Wednesday announced Android P is now available through its developer program.

As for what's included in this update, Google has included quite a few new goodies. For example, apps running in the background of Android P will not be allowed to access the phone's microphone or camera.

All of the changes that Google had detailed today are meant for developers as they will be the ones putting this first Android P developer preview through its paces. Additionally, messaging apps can now show images in notifications, save replies as drafts when the notification is closed, and use suggested replies like the full messaging app. Now, with Android P, Google is expanding the API to support nine new operations. Good news for those people, because we now know when the final Android P release is coming.


This is the first Android P build and is labeled as an "alpha" release.

The company is offering the download to developers only (this ain't no public preview) and are at pains to say it isn't intended daily or consumer use right now.


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