The next version of Google’s Android mobile operating system is set for a public launch later this month, according to a new leak.
Android P, which was first introduced at Google I/O conference in May, will be unveiled on August 20th, according to serial leaker Evan Blass. He tweeted an image of a calendar for the month, showing a letter P marked on that date.
So far, Google has been keeping details of the update close to its chest, Indeed, we don’t even know what the P will stand for, though given Android’s traditional of sweet treat-based nams – previous versions of the system have been known as Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo – we could make some educated guesses. Pistachio is one name that’s claimed to be used within Google, though other possibilities include Peanut Butter, Popsicle or Popcorn.
When it comes to what new features we can expect from the operating system, there have been a few hints dropped in recent months from leaks and the Android P beta. Some of the changes will be fairly aesthetic – for example, the clock has been moved from the right side of the screen to the left, which Google says will provide a more consistent experience in an environment where more phones will have cutout notches that intrude into the status bar.
More substantial changes are said to include an Adaptive Battery feature that will learn over time what apps you use the most often and prioritise resources accordingly, helping you stretch the time between charges that bit longer.
Gesture navigation is also set to be introduced on the device, following in the footsteps of the iPhone X. This looks to replace Android’s traditional three-button layout (Back, Home and Recent Apps) with a single pill-like button that can be swiped in a number of directions to access various apps.
Other additions include improved notifications that can show images for the first time, a new dashboard that provides detailed information on your phone usage and set time limits on apps, and ‘Wind Down’ mode that will gradually fade the colour from the display as you get sleepy in the evening.