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#7 Android P Features That would Impact Mobile App Development Industry

Sudeep Srivastav
By Sudeep Srivastav| Thursday, May 17, 2018 08:41 AM |7 min read
Android P Features That would Impact Mobile App Development Industry

Keeping up with the expectations, Google announced its much awaited newest Android operating system in I/O 2018.

The news of a new operating system coming out had been doing rounds for a few months, keeping the developers on the edge of their seats waiting for the developer review. And the new OS has finally made its appearance in I/O 2018.

While the Android P full form has not been revealed yet, the Android P developer preview that Google has launched in I/O 2018 is enough to pique the developers and businesses’ interest.

Android P is hands down the one announcement that would have a direct impact on the world of Android app development companies like ours, which aim to be on top of all the new technologies.

The features that Android P has been launched with will have a direct impact on the apps that will be developed to enter the era of technological revolution. Utilized right, Android P will surge the revenue charts across numerous business verticals.

In many ways, Android P is just the biggest tech revolution announcement that Google has made after the release of Flutter Beta 3, making its cross platform SDK much powerful.

Here is a video on Android P hands-on review by The Verge –

Since we are already on the track of bragging about Android P and its ability to transform the ordinary Android app outlook, it is time to take a deep dive into the features that Android P has been launched with and how they can be implemented by businesses to expand further. Here we go –

Android P Features and the Businesses They Would Benefit

1. Indoor Navigation with Wi-Fi RTT

Android P supports IEEE 802.11mc WiFi protocol a.k.a Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time, which enables users to track location indoor using their device’s GPS functionality.

Using this feature, users can move from point A to point B inside a building. With this, the days of getting lost inside a shopping mall would be long gone.

Business Android P Indoor Navigation would benefit:

If you are a retail outlet inside a mall or even an airport, your customers will now reach you much easily.

If yours is an app for a chain of or specific educational institute, hospital, or hotel, with the Android P indoor tracking feature, you are now all set to change the onboarding experience of these industries.  

2. Dashboard and App Timer

For the users who tend to lose time with phone in their hand, Android P Dashboard and App Timer features come as a saviour.

Dashboard features give you a pie chart for your phone usage. It indicates the time that you spend in an app, the number of times you unlock your device, the number of notification you interact with and the overall hours you spend in an app.

Android P Dashbord and App Timer Feature

App Timer, on the other hand, helps manage your time better by setting a time limit on the mobile apps that you use. Once you reach the time limit, a notification pops up saying that you need to pause the action.

Business Android P Dashboard and App Timer would benefit:

Both of these features are aimed at bettering the users’ focus and productivity. The two factors that are the prime aim of Enterprise and Parental Control Apps.

If your business belongs to any of these two categories, Android P Dashboard and App timer will help you create a platform that in turn help your user become more productive.

3. Slices

One of the best Android P features, Slices allows users access a functionality of an app outside the app. Suppose you type in Uber in Android P Google Search, an interactive pop-up a.k.a Slice would come up with the option to quickly book an app to your favorite place, eliminating the need to leave your action and opening the Uber app.

Business Android P Slices Feature Benefits

Business Android P Slices would Benefit:

All apps that have the provision of quick in and out actions would benefit with the Slices feature. It will be advantageous to businesses across different industries

4. Messaging App Improvement

On the messaging front, two new features have been introduced in Android P – The ability to view image straight from the notification bar and smart reply. Both the features have now made it extremely easy to users interact without putting in much time for the job.

Business Android P Messaging App Improvements Benefits

Business Android P Messaging App Improvements would Benefit

Businesses that have come on the mobile platform with instant messaging and all businesses that have incorporated chatbots to interact with the user will benefit most with the feature. Also, the content based apps would also benefit immensely from the new Android P feature.

5. Increased Privacy

Android P comes with a new suite of security features for the users. For starters, Android P restricts apps running in the background to access camera and mic, which heightens users privacy. Now when apps try to use your camera without permission will get a system error and those that try to use your mic will be left with a blank sound.

To take security further, Android P has also made HTTPS default for apps. Now, users would be able to communicate over the app more securely.

Businesses that would benefit from Android P prominent focus on user privacy and security.

All. Ultimately, only those apps survive in the long term that makes every user experience a secure one.

6. Support for HDR VP9 video format and HEIF image

HEIF or High-Efficiency Image File Format is the new file format developed by MPEG. Both HEIF and HDR VP9 are aimed at enabling users to capture images and make videos that are very clear.

Android P Support for HDR VP9 video format and HEIF image

The business that would Benefit from Android P Support for HDR VP9 video format and HEIF image.

All camera apps and video creation apps would benefit from the new feature. Both will enable their users to make the most of the visual media that they capture.

7. Performance Boost to Kotlin

In Android P, Google has made Kotlin better with its code performance optimization wherein the various compiler optimization, which targets the loops have been improved.  In addition to it, in the upcoming beta release, codes that will be generated through Kotlin will be seen as optimized, using which developers will be able to improve the app performance by making the Kotlin plugin up-to-date.

Business that would Benefit from Android P Performance Boost to Kotlin

All. Every app that is developed using Kotlin language will come packed with fast speed specifically where loops are involved, which would ultimately up the app performance.

Even though we have looked into the range of app categories that would benefit from some of the most revolutionary Android P features, hinting towards the preparation that businesses should start along with their partnered mobile app development companies, it is still not convincing enough to make a business move to Android P.

An emphasis on why it’s time for businesses to go P and migrate to Android P would remain incomplete till we give a clear picture of what makes Android P even better than the revolutionary Android O OS version.

Google has listed down the ways Android P is different from Android O and the differences that developers will have to make in their app once they move to the new version in this documentation.

The pointers that are different or an upgraded version of Android O are –

  1. Device Power Management
  2. Input and Data Privacy in Background Apps
  3. Device Security Changes
  4. App Compatibility Changes – To help ensure app stability and compatibility, Android P restricts use of a few non-SDK fields and methods; these restrictions apply irrespective of whether you try to access these methods and fields directly, through reflection, or are using JNI.
  5. Update to ICU Libraries
  6. Android secure encrypted files are not supported anymore

Meanwhile, here is a table (Android O vs Android P) highlighting some of the striking visual differences you will find in Android O and Android P.

Android P vs Android O Features

A quick revise:

So, in this article we first looked into the Android P announcement in Google I/O 2018 followed by the on point benefits that some of the prominent, changed Android P features would provide to the businesses that will soon be migrating to Android P. Next, to give a more comprehensive outlook to the reason why businesses should place moving to Android P in their business strategy, we looked into the points in (Android O vs Android P) table that make Android P different from Android O (the version that is considered one of the most revolutionary ones till date).

 

With this, it is time, to sum up the article by listing the manufacturers that will bring Android P to their devices, along with the device list. The list will help businesses to give Android P a try before they make the investment of migrating to the new Google Operating System.

The List of Devices That will Get Android P Update

List of Devices That will Get Android P Update

Google

  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Google Pixel XL

HTC

  • HTC U11
  • HTC U11 Life

Motorola

  • Moto G6
  • Moto G6 Plus
  • Moto G6 Play

Nokia

  • Nokia 3
  • Nokia 5
  • Nokia 6
  • Nokia 6 (2018)
  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Nokia 8
  • Nokia 8 Siroco

Oppo

  • Oppo R15 Pro

OnePlus

  • OnePlus 6

Sony

  • Sony XZ2

Vivo

  • Vivo X21

Xiaomi

  • Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S

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