Android P preview download: Wild new features incoming

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The feature was only found on Pixel smartphones.

It is possible to avoid having your device data wiped but you'll need to wait until Google starts making the first developer preview available as an OTA, which it might not do and instead decide to wait until the second developer preview build and beyond. This should open up new capabilities for apps, so that they can access streams simultaneously from two or more cameras. Among these new features is the Android P Pixel Launcher, which is already available unofficially for download and installation on other Android smartphones. The company says they will continue this effort and promises more samples using Kotlin will be added very soon. Google has traditionally hid an easter egg inside these previews as a hint to what the codename of the OS will be called, and Android P is no exception.

Google Lens is able to identify paintings and artwork. However, Google Lens will not work on everything, at least in India. Not that a Google search won't reveal the same info, but with Lens, users will be spared from entering the specific search terms to let Google do the job.

Users can access Lens by tapping on a photo in Google Photos, tapping the Google Lens icon, and following the prompts if the service can indeed identify anything noteworthy within it.

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HDR VP9 Video, HEIF image compression, and Media APIs - basically letting developers build support for HDR video into their apps from supported sources like YouTube, Google Play Movies and more.

Another feature coming with Android P is Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time (RTT) support. The Lens feature is not 100% accurate as sometimes it fails to detect certain images and shows "hmm, not seeing it clearly yet" message but with the time it will get evolved. We saw some updates hit devices on March 5th, the day Google made the announcement.

Google Lens works thanks to an AI recognition system when a user takes a photograph of a book, a landmark, or most points of interest, Google will run it through their database and provide a card with relevant information about the subject of the photograph.

For those that have installed the Developer Preview, if you head to the usually hidden developer options menu you'll now find an option to increase the allowed number of connected Bluetooth audio devices.

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