Google has released Android P, the next–generation build of its mobile operating system, aimed at helping developers get to grips with changes before its public launch later this year.
While owners of Google–backed phones are unlikely to see Android P arrive on their devices for some time, this marks the official start of the Big G’s overhaul of its platform.
There’s support for devices with notches, handy considering the likes of Huawei, LG and Asus all have handsets that ape the design quirk first seen on Apple’s iPhone X.
Elsewhere, there are cosmetic changes to how notifications appear, a simplified quick settings pulldown menu and a more unified font. The latter appears to be part of Google’s apparent bid to take on Apple’s sleek iOS looks.
Google is likely to detail more plans for Android P during its annual I/O conference in May, with a public release for Pixel devices expected in late summer.
Changes to back–end software could mean that phones from Samsung, LG and HTC receive Android P faster than previous updates.