The first Android P developer preview tipped for release in March

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The best thing about Android is the fact that it follows the ground rule of the world: it keeps on changing. One day you have the latest smartphone and the very next day it is no longer the flagship. The same could be said about the versions of Android. There is a long list of smartphones which are still waiting to taste the current latest version of Android, the Android Oreo and still, the Android P is about to be born.

According to a recent report, we won’t have to wait much longer before we start to see the awesomeness of the Android P (Pancake? Pizza? Pudding? Pistachio Ice Cream?).

Evan Blass, the famous leaker, has recently tweeted on his Twitter handle about the same:

This mid-month release is nothing new. As a matter of fact, the first developer preview of the Android Oreo was launched on March 21, 2017. This fact solidifies the report even more and we can certainly expect the Android P developer preview to arrive somewhere around March 15, 2018.

As of now, nothing is clear as to what we are going to see with the Android P. But, we always have a wishlist right? Let’s see what all we can expect with the latest Android update.

Android P: Expected features

Android P features

There is no denying the fact that Android Oreo was a great update. But, being very honest, Oreo was more of an iterative update to Android Marshmallow. As a matter of fact, if we talk about the looks and the UI, nothing much has changed ever since Android Lollipop was released back in 2014. Indeed there were some significant changes that were brought with the Android Oreo, like the picture-in-picture mode, adaptive icons, Google’s Autofill API etc.

The Android P will bring a dramatic redesign.

This time around, we would like to see a design overhaul with the Android P. As earlier told, the Android P is supposedly bringing a Dramatic Redesign and we can just hope that it is good.


A better, refined Google Assistant

Google assistant updated for Android P
The Google Assistant is awesome. We can certainly expect it to be better with the Android P

Honestly, the current state of the Google Assistant is pretty good. It pretty much gets the job done. That being said, there have been other assistants that are catching up and some are even doing a better job of assisting. Take the Samsung Bixby for an example. We would love the Google Assistant to be more tied up to the Android apps the way Bixby is.

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Back to the roots

Android P full features
If the developers can pull this one off, we probably won’t have to root our devices this time.

Remember the days when rooting the Android devices used to bring up a plethora of additional perks? Android has evolved a lot ever since and most of the root-only features have now been added to the stock Android. But, there is still a lot of them which are still exclusive and available only when you root your device.

We can expect them to arrive natively with the Android P. Features like the ability to change the app icons in the native Android launcher, permissions to use third-party icon packs with the native Android launcher, changing the color of the UI are still not available in the stock Android and we can certainly expect them to be there with the Android P.

What do you need with the Android P?

These were some of the features we would want with the latest Android update. What do you want with the Android P? Do let us know in the comments section below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device.

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