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Android P: the best features you need to know

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Google has released the first developer preview of its upcoming iteration of Android, the Android P. While it is still an incremental update over the Android Oreo, there are still some features which make it all the way relevant.

Strangely, still, the percentage of Android devices running the current Android Oreo is pretty less (1.1%) and we have already started getting the taste of Android P or whatever Google ends up calling it. Eventually, some of the features available in the developer preview will be chopped off and some more will be added to the final build.

Nevertheless, the following are the ones you should be aware of:

Android P: the best features you need to know

#1: The notch

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The Android P will have native support for the notch at the top of the display

You like it or you hate it, the notch is here to stay. Apple introduced the notched display with the iPhone X and the world of Android wasted no time to adopt it. Take the Asus Zenfone 5 lineup for an example.

With Android P, Google has extended an official support to the notched design (the camera and the sensor cut-outs) meaning that the display cut-out APIs will allow the developers to find out the areas which are non-functional so that the content of the screen does not get cut and the apps and the games run smoothly.

#2: Indoor navigation

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For those who rely heavily on Google Maps, Android P is going to bring a radical change in your navigational experience. Until this time, it becomes very difficult to make use of the Google Maps whenever someone is inside a building, say a mall or an office. Android P adds native support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol also known as Wi-Fi RTT (Round Trip Time) that would allow for indoor navigation.


#3: Added security

Security features are something which always comes with any new Android iteration. With Android P, Google has introduced a much secure user experience for everyone. Android P now blocks apps from recording you secretly and offers more encryption for backups. This is something worth noticing in the upcoming Android version.

The UI prohibits the apps’ access to the mic, camera, and sensors when an app goes idle, thereby preventing any malicious or buggy app from recording your data.


#4: Use your Android device as a Bluetooth input device

With Android P, you can use your Android device as a Bluetooth input device for your desktop. The feature is now present natively in the Android and it can turn out to be a pretty useful one if you are someone who has to deliver a lot of presentations at work or if you just want to use your desktop with the help of your smartphone for some apparent reason.r

We have already talked about this feature. You can find it out here.

#5: A revamped design

Android P battery saver feature

Ever since the Android Lollipop was introduced back in 2014, the native battery-saver has been an integral part of the stock Android UI. It comes in quite handy whenever an Android device is running out of juice.

There is, however, one problem with the feature-the ugly looking orange bars present at the top and the bottom of the screen whenever the battery saver gets turned on.

Though not a big thing to concern ourselves with, it is still something which a lot of Android users have criticized over that past couple of years. Finally, Google seems to have heard their voices and this annoying feature is finally getting a fix with the upcoming Android P. You can expand the notification icon to know as to what all the battery saver does. You can even press the notification to go into the battery saver settings and tweak them according to your requirements. You can know more about the feature here.

The icons in the settings menu have also been revamped and they look all the way more refined now.


What are your thoughts on 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.

Former National Defence Academy Cadet, Mukul Sharma is an Android Lover. He makes Android reviews on Android Updated. You can find him at Android Updated or at Stuff Listings.

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I wish they name it Android Potato 😂

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Finally, Facebook adds message reply option to the Facebook Messenger

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Facebook has finally added a reply option to Facebook Messenger. After the update, long pressing on a message would allow you to reply to it.

Quoted replies have always been one of the most demanded features in Facebook Messenger and it is good to see that the developers have finally looked into the matter.

The feature was already available in WhatsApp, another chat platform owned by Facebook itself and it was kind of annoying to see Facebook not incorporating the same in the Messenger ecosystem. As a matter of fact, the quick replies in WhatsApp have constantly got new updates and bug fixes.

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With the new feature available, you would be able to send quick replies to individual GIFs, videos, emoji, text, and photo messages.

The feature was already available in WhatsApp, another chat platform owned by Facebook itself and it was kind of annoying to see Facebook not incorporating the same in the Messenger ecosystem.

This would eliminate a lot of potential misunderstandings as to which particular response was intended for what.

The launch of replies follows shortly after Messenger gained an ‘unsend’ feature that gave users the ability to remove a message from a one-on-one or group chat for up to ten minutes after it has been sent.

Have you tried the Facebook Messenger quick reply feature? What are your thoughts on it? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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Cut-out wallpapers soon to be a thing: Now official for the Galaxy S10 lineup

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A little while ago, we got a bunch of wallpapers which blended in perfectly with the under-display camera layout of the recently launched Galaxy S10 lineup of smartphones.

You can have a look at them by following our existing coverage of the same.

Now, Samsung has decided to make things official as the company has launched official cut-out wallpapers for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10E, and Galaxy S10+.

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They, however, are not going to be free of cost

These cut-out wallpapers are available on the Samsung Theme Store. They, however, are not going to be free of cost.

If you want to download these wallpapers, they cost $0.99 a piece. The sad part is that you cannot even try them before downloading (for obvious reasons).

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Still, if you want to try out some of the cut-out wallpapers for free, you can head to this SubReddit and get them all for free.

Update: We now have the download links to the wallpapers. You can get them all from the links below

Even after having almost all the latest tech, there will be a big bunch of people who would hate the design choice as the both the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Samsung Galaxy S10+ feature an under-display camera which leaves a dark spot at the top right side of the display.

In case you are not a big fan of the holes too, these wallpapers are going to make you a lot happier.

What are your thoughts on the latest cut-out wallpapers for the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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Firefox sends lets you share up to 2.5GB of files to 100 recipients

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Mozilla has recently launched a new file sharing service dubbed Firefox Send that lets you upload a file and share it to people.

Firefox Send is particularly helpful when it comes to sharing large files over email which is not possible.

With Firefox Send, users will be able to upload files up to 1GB at a time (up to 2.5GB if you have a Mozilla account. If you don’t, you can create one for free). Once the file(s) are uploaded, you can set the number of times people can download them (the limit is 100 though). Post 100 downloads, the link will expire and you would have to create a new one if you want more people to download the files.

At Mozilla, we are always committed to people’s security and privacy. It’s part of our long-standing Mozilla Manifesto. We are continually looking for new ways to fulfill that promise, whether it’s through the browser, apps or services. So, it felt natural to graduate one of our popular Test Pilot experiments, Firefox Send, send.firefox.com. Send is a free encrypted file transfer service that allows users to safely and simply share files from any browser. Additionally, Send will also be available as an Android app in beta later this week. Now that it’s a keeper, we’ve made it even better, offering higher upload limits and greater control over the files you share.

Furthermore, you can also set the time limit for the download links to expire (up to 7 days).

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To make the files password protected, Firefox Sends gives you the provision to secure the files you are uploading with a password of your choice. Post the upload, you can share the URL and the password with the recipients.

How is Firefox Send different from a typical cloud service?

Well, the files are going to be uploaded on cloud only, but the fact that they get deleted after a specified period of time helps the case when we do not want to use up our cloud storage. Conversely, if you want the files to stay on the cloud for more than 7 days, Firefox Send is not the right choice for you.

Nevertheless, it’s a quick way to share files across, so one might want to give it a try.

What are your thoughts on Firefox Send? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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