Developing your first App in Android P: 4 Things You Need to Know

Ojus Sharma
Ojus Sharma, Co-founder and CEO at APPLIFY
Published on Jul 26, 2018 in Android Developers Resources
Developing your first App in Android P: 4 Things You Need to Know

When Android P was announced in the Google I/O developers conference 2018, every app developer had this question in mind:

What impact would it have on Android app development?

Experts wrote blogs, assumptions were made, and news and rumors were circulated. Still, there was no reliable information.

But now after 2 months as the third beta of Android P is live, a lot is known about the operating system. Hence, it will be easy for us to tell how Android P is going to affect the process of developing Android apps. Have a look:

1. Integrating indoor maps in apps and immersive games has become possible

Android P has a feature called WiFi Round Trip Time (RTT) that allows indoor positioning using various WiFi hotspots inside a building.

Developing your first App in Android P: 4 Things You Need to Know

Using the feature, you can easily embed indoor maps in games and apps. This will make them more interactive and fun.

For accessing the feature, you’ll require the ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION permission from the user.

2. Notification messaging has become better

The notification messaging has been completely improved in Android P. From now on, you can view the URI of chat participants and the messages you’re sending as a developer.

Developing your first App in Android P: 4 Things You Need to Know

This makes the notification replies feature of Android Oreo a lot better.

3. Better camera options

The camera options have also been improved in Android P. Now, you can create video streams for front and back camera combined. This will give a better control over camera parameters for special effects in your app.

4. There are changes in behavior and security

Keeping in mind the recent security breach incidents, Google has made some significant changes from safety and privacy point of view. From now on, apps running in background will not be able to use the camera in background.

Apart from this, gyroscope and accelerometers won’t be receiving any events for the background apps even in continuous reporting mode. The On-change and one-shot sensors are also restricted from getting events.

Given this, you’ll have to be careful while asking for app permissions.

In a nutshell

Our app development professionals in Singapore believe that Google has completely raised the standard of Android app development with Android P. The newly added features will definitely help developers a lot.

However, there are also some things that you have to keep in mind and some myths that you have to debunk.

Apart from this, there will definitely be some compatibility issues which will be fixed in next updates.

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About the author
Ojus SharmaCo-founder and CEO at APPLIFY

Ojus Sharma is an app geek and the Co-founder and CEO of Applify, an award-winning app development company. He helps accelerate businesses and startups through their digitization process. When not working, he can be found honing his photography skill...

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