Tech lovers and Android fans have been speculating about the release of Android P for some time. Those who can't wait to try it out can download a beta version, which is available on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and selected other handsets.

With the expected full-release date of August getting nearer, we’ve delved into some of Android P’s best features and also pondered that all-important question; what will Android P be called?

Here’s what we know about Android P so far:

A New Look/Gesture Navigation

Perhaps the most distinctive change with Android P is the transformed look of the home screen. The home button is packed with brand new features and the navigation bar has found itself a new home at the bottom of the display, where it can be personalised with widgets and colours.

Adaptive Battery and Brightness

It can be frustrating when your device unsuccessfully predicts your next move. However, Android is set to tackle some of this frustration through the introduction of adaptive battery and brightness. Using machine learning, Android P learns about the apps you frequently use and adjusts the energy to support this, prolonging your device’s battery life.

Android P also takes into consideration the user’s preferred brightness, alongside their environment, to correctly adjust the device’s brightness automatically.

Shush, Dashboard and App Timer

Shush Mode helps users take a step back from their smartphone. Simply place your phone face down on a table and Do Not Disturb will be activated, silencing notifications and alarms. To ensure you don’t miss anything important, users can select starred contacts so you won’t miss notifications from the people that matter.

Following suit, the Dashboard and App Timer is designed to help users keep a watchful eye on the time they spend on their device. The Dashboard tracks user’s phone habits; calculating app usage and the number of times the device has been unlocked.

If spending too long on your favourite apps is a problem, the App Timer allows you to set limits on the maximum time you want to spend using apps, and alerts you when you’re close to reaching the allocated time. For those who need a bit more help in reducing their screen time, Android P will prevent you from accessing the app once the restricted time has been reached.

Android P Beta Download

Those who can’t wait to get their hands on the official release of Android P can fulfil some of their excitement by downloading the Beta version now. Users should bear in mind that there are likely to be some slight differences between the Beta version and the full release, however with the speculated release date still weeks away, the Beta 3 release is the closest you can get at the moment.

Since Beta versions can be prone to the odd hiccup, it’s recommended that users back up their device before downloading. Phones that are compatible with the Android P Beta download include:

Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL
Nokia 7 Plus
• Vivo X21UD
• Vivo X21
Sony Xperia XZ2
• Oppo R15 Pro
• Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
• OnePlus 6
• Essential Phone

Android P Name

The name of Android P is still a bit of a mystery, however, looking at Android’s track record of naming operating systems after a sweet treat, we’ve been able to make some good guesses.

Android Pistachio is the current favourite, and is thought to be the name Google is using to refer to Android P internally, but this hasn’t stopped the internet from generating its own name ideas.

Pancake, Popsicle and even Pineapple Upside down Cake, are just some of the suggestions which have been thrown around. People have also been speculating that the operating system could have a pie theme, with Pecan Pie coming out as one of the top potential pie-related names.

With the Beta 3 version thought to be the close to the finished product, there shouldn’t be much longer to wait until the official name is revealed.

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