What the next Android update will be called is a question that mostly all Android fans seek an answer to every year. The Android P was first released in March this year, and even now it is referred to as just Android P. Though several options have come forward for the Android P name, such as Praline, Peppermint, Pancake and more, nothing is confirmed officially. Recently, however, more evidence has popped up in favor of Android Pistachio.
Android P name to be Android Pistachio?
In February, Bloomberg reported that the Android 9 is being internally referred to as Pistachio Ice Cream. Now, a Huawei Poland customer care executive has used the term Android Pistachio during an interaction with a customer who wanted to know about the Chinese company’s Oreo update plans.
This Android P name – Android Pistachio – however, should be taken with a pinch of salt as customer support executives usually do not have much information about the internal activities of the company. There might be a possibility that the representative was merely using the most popular name.
So, nothing is confirmed unless the parent company Google officially announces the Android P name next month. The company never really talks about what the new version would be named. For instance, last year, Google did not disclose the name Oreo until August.
This is not the first time that a name has popped up for the Android P. Google has a long-standing tradition of trolling its fans and teasing them with probable names. The search giant did the same a few months back by hinting (or trolling) the Android P name. Google has over 6.2 million followers on Instagram, and they either became the first to know the full name of Google’s upcoming new Android release or they were just subjected to yet another prank.
In April, Google followed one of the most popular trends being followed by companies currently. Nowadays, firms believe in uploading images to their stories, and encourage followers to take a screenshot and use it as their wallpaper. Google did something similar when it posted five new wallpapers on Instagram. One of the five images was of a Popsicle, throwing a strong hint about the name of Android P. Either P would be called Popsicle or Google just played another prank on its Instagram followers.
Android P – what to expect?
For now, the Android P is in the developer preview phase, and the company released the third beta just last week. During the I/O developer conference in May 2018, Google talked about the improvements that Android P would embrace. One of the interesting features that would accompany Android P would be the Adaptive Battery. The feature would use machine learning to identify the apps that you use most, and then activate them only when the user needs them, and that too in an energy efficient manner.
Another note worthy feature is Adaptive Brightness, wherein the phone would consider the personal preferences for ambient lighting, and then curate those adjustments for the user in the background. Google also talked about the App Action feature, which would be an extension to the App Predictions feature and would suggest the likely action that the user would take next.
Slices is yet another useful feature coming with the Android P. The feature brings part of the app UI into the Google search result. For instance, it would enable a user to book a cab from a taxi app without opening the app.
Further, Google is reportedly ending support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) in Android P. WPS service is the protocol that allows a client Wi-Fi device to connect to a router using a PIN or push button. Though introduced as a faster way to connect to the Wi-Fi, the feature was later discovered to suffer from various loopholes, making users susceptible to hacking. Hence, Google might have decided not to support it.
More details on the Android P are expected to come on July 19, when Android P engineers will answer questions from the developers in an r/androiddev AMA. Those having specific questions can start posting, but the team would take them up on July 19 at 12pm PT/3pm ET. About the questions, the instructions say that they should be technical and related to Android engineering. Overall, 29 members of the Android engineering team will answer the questions.
“This is your chance to ask us technical questions related to the latest features specifically in Android P — from the APIs and SDK to Jetpack, power, notifications and more. Please note that we want to keep the conversation focused strictly on the engineering of the platform,” read the post on Reddit.