The Android version will come with more Google Assistant support and enhanced security
Since the launch of Android 7.0 Nougat in 2016, Google has launched developer previews for the next version of Android early in the year and with the latest increase in the gossip for the Android P, the company will likely to follow the same pattern and will launch it very soon, with a possible date now being mentioned.
Android P Developer Preview 1 is targeting a mid-month release.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 3, 2018
According to the well-known tipster, Evan Blass, this year’s development preview is planned for a mid-March release. He claimed it on his twitter handle @evleaks, and if this information is correct, it is line with the Android Oreo announcement on March 21 last year.
Google changed its scheduling with the second developer’s program in 2017. The company launched only four previews last year compared to five in 2016 and also with a wider time gap between the alpha and second beta launch, announced at Google I/O.
It is speculated the new Android P will come with support for various display types like multiple displays and notches. Also, the Google Assistant will be integrated into apps and home screen, meaning Google Assistant will be doing much more than opening Apps and providing search results. As for the security measures the new Android version will be preventing apps from accessing the camera or microphone from background mode.
The company is yet to give an official word on the launch schedule of Android P and even the target date claimed by Blass could shift. We will not be surprised if the Pixel and Pixel 2 devices will be eligible for the developer’s preview.