Google had announced at the I/O conference about the second preview of the Android P for developers. This move has seen the mobile Operating System move from the preview stage to the “Beta” stage, where its features are tested out by developers in real time.
Also with the latest release, the OS is now available on a host of Third Party Devices, mostly owing to Google’s project Treble. Initially, the first preview was available only on Pixel devices. This move would let developers test out compatibility on other devices as well.
One of the most notable features in the preview has been the change to the navigation, which sees the three navigation buttons that are currently featured, replaced by a single pill shaped button, similar to the iPhone X, which can be used to scroll for navigation. This feature doesn’t work as planned through, as navigation is much harder than it should be. Moreover, it occupies the same amount of screen space as the three buttons in Android Oreo and below. This seems counter-productive as the pill was designed to optimize the space navigation panel took up on the screen.
Other features are the introduction of bigger sized thumbnails, which make it easier to read the texts on them. Also recent apps now scroll vertically instead of horizontally. The split screen functionality, which was also widely hyped, doesn’t work as planned, as it doesn’t load up when users long press the Recent Apps button.