Google I/O 2018 dates are out, and the developer conference is set to take place between May 8 and May 10, 2018. Similar to last year, Google is expected to rollout the first Developer Preview version of its upcoming Android OS, Android P, sometime in mid-March. The piece of information comes from reliable leakster Evan Blass, but further details about the upcoming OS are unknown.
As of this moment, it is unclear as to how many developer previews will be rolled out before the final version is released for consumers. But if we have to go as per past record, Google has released five preview versions of Android N and Android O in the last two years. Talking about supported devices, the Nexus series may not be a part of the new preview version anymore, and only Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones are expected to run the preview version. Google may add more devices eventually, especially the ones that support Project Treble.
Android P is expected to bring in new features such as more advanced options for blocking scam calls. The feature will reportedly allow users to natively block calls from unknown, private and payphone numbers, code snippets spotted by users at XDA Developers report. Previously, AOSP (Android Open Source Project), has also dropped hints that Android P might come with native call recording feature as well.
At MWC 2018, we saw a number of smartphone launches, and some of them featuring Apple iPhone X like notch. Based on previous reports, Android P is also expected to bring support for the notch. What’s more, the upcoming operating system could also give users the ability to block idle apps from accessing the microphone and camera thus improving security.
Previous reports also hinted that Google may allow carriers to hide signal strength in settings, and define LTE signal bars. Lastly, after Apple ditched the fingerprint sensor and add 3D facial recognition on the iPhone X, Google is likely to bring native support for Iris Scanner in Android P. It is important to note that only Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 8 support Iris Scanner as of now.
How many of these leaked features will finally make it to the Android P Developer Preview remains to be seen. Last year, Google dropped the Android O Developer Preview on March 21, and it would be safe to assume Google will release the new preview version around the same time.