Apps and Software

Sony Xperia XZ1 compact, the predecessor of the XZ2. / Photo by: Puddin1975 via Wikimedia Commons

 

One of many software developers, Sony Mobile, managed to get hold of Android P Beta and they are making it available for Xperia XZ2 so that app developers can ensure the compatibility of their apps in the next Android version.

Now Available on Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony Mobile has permitted users of Xperia XZ2 to test and develop using the Android P Beta version. It is currently available on the H8216, H8266, and H8296 models of Xperia XZ2. The company also asked users to send feedback on how the software works with their apps so they can help address any issues.

Users who plan to try out Android P Beta are going to receive the following major features:

- Indoor Positioning with Wi-Fi RTT: The Android P adds the support for the IEEE 802.11mc Wi-Fi protocol to use the indoor positioning system of apps. IPS is a technology that allows a GPS-like function to locate people or objects within indoor environments.

- Display Cutout Support: The next Android version supports the edge-to-edge screens with display cutout for camera and speaker. This is a vital need for determining which part of the screen should or should not display contents.

- New Messaging Notifications: The new notification for the Messaging app includes additional reply options, such as images and stickers.

- Camera Updates: The new camera API offers simultaneous streaming of multiple cameras on a single device.

- Neural Networks: Android P offers the improvements of the Neural Networks API, which was introduced in Android Oreo 8.1. The new API level adds support for nine new software operations including Transpose, Strided Slice, and Squeeze.

Android P Beta is also available in other devices, such as Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, and Vivo X21.