Android P release may be only weeks away, according to new rumor


The upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL has had its fair share of leaks over the past two months but they are mostly photos and we still know relatively little about its specs.

If it's August 20th in the USA, it's likely going to be August 21 here in Australia that we see the announcement.

Google both released the full version of Android 8.0 and unveiled the name of the version: Oreo, as well as a statue on August 22nd previous year - so the timing is about right. According to the latest listing, the Google Pixel 3 XL will pack a Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, and run Android P. It would also make sense for the August 20 date since the initial launch of Android 8.0 Oreo was on August 21, 2017.

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Dave Burke, Android's VP of engineering, posted today in the Android Developers Blog that the final beta version of Android P is here: Android P Beta 4 (otherwise known as Android Developers Preview 5).

New features coming to Android P include smarter power allocation to reduce battery usage by the CPU, and adaptive brightness to optimise the power used by a device's screen by learning the user's preferences - not only relying on ambient lighting conditions. However, it has been various beta versions of Android P, as the next version of Google's mobile operating system is still in development. Rumours suggest that the Android OS for this year might be called Android Pistachio.

Earlier reports have also cited that Android P could likely avert idle background apps from accessing the camera.