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Android P Developer Preview Rumored To Roll Out Mid-March: Will It Be On Pi(e) Day?

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The first look at Android P, the next major version of Google's mobile operating system, is on the way, according to reliable leaker Evan Blass.

There is no specific date for when the Android P developer preview will be released, but previous speculation on the operating system's official name may provide a hint on it will be rolled out.

Android P Developer Preview Coming Soon

In a tweet, Evan Blass said that Google is targeting to roll out the first developer preview for Android P by the middle of March.

Blass did not provide any additional details regarding the upcoming mobile operating system. However, speculation that started after Blass's tweet pinpointed March 14 as the possible Android P release date for the first developer preview.

Why March 14? This is because March 14, or 03/14, is referred to as Pi Day, named after the mathematical constant. In an online game released by Google in January that revealed the date and location of this year's I/O developer conference, one of the clues that were offered to users was a pineapple upside-down cake. Will Android P be named Android Pineapple Upside-Down Pie, Android Pineapple Pie, or simply Android Pie?

If the speculation turns out to be true, Android fans will not have to wait long before they know what Google has decided to name Android P. The expected release of the operating system upgrade, however, is August or September.

What We Know About Android P

Details on Android P features are relatively scarce, but previous reports have given a quick glimpse of what the operating system may offer.

The next major Android version will reportedly hide signal strength, which will reduce the capability of customers to monitor the service of carriers. Android P, however, will increase user security by preventing background apps on smartphones from gaining microphone and camera access.

Google is said to be planning to have Android P better support display notches, first seen in Apple's iPhone X, for Android smartphones that will choose the same design such as the recently announced Asus ZenFone 5.

A new report claims that Android P will also feature enhanced call blocking, which will prevent incoming calls from unknown, private, and payphone numbers from reaching users.

However, while the arrival of Android P is on deck, Google has still not yet solved the fragmentation problem, leading to concerns that the Android P release will come too soon. Android O, the current version of the mobile operating system, has only been installed in 1.1 percent of Android devices, but Google is already thinking about launching its successor.

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