Android P vs Android 8.0 Oreo Walkthrough: What’s New

This detailed walkthrough will go over everything that’s new Google’s latest Android P software update for smartphones and tablets. We’ll show you what’s new, what changed, then compare those changes to Android 8.0 Oreo for owners. This way you’ll know exactly what to expect when the Android P release date rolls around later this year.

You’ll find tons of software and visual changes in Android P, and many of them are noticeable right away. A lot of what’s new is behind the scenes tweaks that will make a big difference for daily use. However, Android P looks a lot different in multiple areas. Some noteworthy additions include smarter bundled notifications, simpler settings, themes, new quick settings, and a revamped look and feel in a lot of places.

Read: Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android Nougat: What’s New

Google promises an experience that’s smarter, faster, easier to use and more powerful. Today, most users have Android 7.0 Nougat which debuted on August 22nd, 2016. Yes, we’re in 2018 and updates to Android 8.0 are just starting to arrive in the United States. You’re probably still waiting for Oreo, but here’s everything changing later this year with Android P.

Android P is a free software update for smartphones, tablets and other supported devices. Well, a free update once it’s available. We’re not expecting a release date until August or September of 2018, although the first Android P beta is available right now. Google does beta tests to help speed up the release of new software.

Currently, most Google Pixel and Nexus devices are enjoying Android 8.1 Oreo. Almost every other smartphone or tablet manufacturer is either just delivering Android 8.0, or still working on it. Meaning Google’s almost an entire update ahead of manufacturers. Google packed in a bunch of new features too, which users will want to take advantage of. Expect carriers and manufacturers to continue working hard on updates as 2018 continues. Then, we’ll officially get Android P in the fall.

It’s worth mentioning that any phone released with Android 8.0 Oreo should get a fast update to Android P. Faster than any prior software, as Google made big changes to speed up software updates. That’s an important aspect we’ll keep an eye on throughout the year and into 2019.

What’s New in Android P

Before we begin it’s important to know that this is an early developer preview of Android P. That means that while there’s plenty that’s new, stuff could change or end up drastically different later this year. Furthermore, Google’s only added a few of the many changes to the preview. When Android P gets released in August or September there will be a ton of changes, a lot more than we’re showing you today.

Expect Google to unveil more features and changes at Google I/O in May, and with the second and third preview of Android P. Basically, they’re saving all the big surprises for later. Right now it’s all subtle tweaks or visual changes that improve the experience over Android Oreo.

Still, we’re seeing support for a “notch” in the display like the iPhone X. This is because a lot of upcoming phones will copy Apple’s iPhone design. Google also added a new multi-camera API for all the dual-rear camera smartphones. You’ll also notice auto-fill improvements, better fingerprint scanner support, smarter notifications, user interface tweaks, a revamped settings menu with colorful notifications, and other changes.

A big feature in Android P is “background app privacy”. This essentially cuts off access to the camera and microphone from apps running in the background. It’s one more way to ensure a users privacy. We received new power efficiency tweaks, a vertical on-screen volume toolbar, and a quick screenshot button when you tap volume up or down.

There’s also a brand new “markup” photo and screenshot editor built into Android P. The redesigned quick settings icons, notifications, settings menu, and always-on display are what you’ll notice first. You’ll even see a battery percentage meter on the bottom of your screen, even when it’s turned off.

Android P vs Android 8.0 Oreo Walkthrough

In this popular series, we take screenshots of the last two versions of Android and compare them for potential users or those waiting for the upgrade. Click through the slideshow below to learn and see all about Google’s upcoming update. While you’re here, drop us a comment about what you think Google will name Android P. I’m guessing Peanut Butter, Popsicle, or Pancake.

Android P screenshots are on the left, or alone, while Android 8.0 Oreo is on the right. Click any image below to jump to that slide.

Redesigned Quick Settings Menu

Redesigned Quick Settings Menu

There are a lot of changes to Android P, but the one you'll probably notice first is the redesigned Quick Settings menu in the notification pulldown bar. Basically, when you swipe down from the top to quickly access WiFi, Bluetooth, or to head to the settings menu. 

As you can see above, Google completely overhauled this entire area. The clock is on the left instead of the right, and everything is rounded. It looks a bit like Samsung's interface on Galaxy phones, to be honest. 

The left is Android P while the right is Android 8.1 Oreo. Google rounded all of the icons, rounded notifications, and added some color to each quick setting. You'll notice later that these completely change to a different color based on your background wallpaper image. It's like built-in automatic themes. 

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