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Android P developer preview now availableGoogle's newest Android build is available for devs to tinker with, but don't expect it on your smartphone in the near future.
Forget Oreo, today Android is brought to you by the letter P. Google announced a developer preview of the next generation of it's mobile operating system called Android P. One of the more major shifts in the software is Google's nod to the notch. This version of Android caters to that little cutout you've seen on the iPhone 10. But for upcoming Android handsets like the Asus Zenfone 5. Aside from making way for notches, this developer preview upgrades notifications. You'll see images in notifications now and smart replies will be available as well. There's also indoor mapping to complement Google Maps, which should come in handy if you're in an unfamiliar venue or airport and need to find a specific location. Other updates include better support for third party password managers, restricting camera and microphone access in apps if they're running in the background and increased battery life. One of the biggest questions surrounding new Android updates is always, when will my non Google device get this update? Unfortunately fragmentation is Google's constant foe with just 1.1% of android users on its most recent update, Oreo. And 81% on the three versions before that. Oof. I guess thems the breaks when you want out of a walled garden. There's also the question of the name. That P will be replaced with an official moniker that's dessert themed at some point Could it be pumpkin pie? Peanut brittle, parfait, panna cotta? Or my personal guess, popsicle. Drop your guess down in the comments. We'll be keeping an eye on Android P here at CNET.com. I'm Ashley Esqueda, be good humans.