Even before the last version of the Android OS, Oreo, is yet to be carried by many phones, there are already discussions over what Google will do with its next issue, the Android P. It is learnt that for internal communication purposes, Google identifies this as Android Pistachio Ice Cream, though the final name may not be the same. The most talked about change is the ‘notch’ that the OS will provide on the Android phone’s screen very similar to the one that is seen on Apple’s iPhone X.
The other significant step forward will be deeper integration of Google Assistant enabling the app developers also to use the technology in their apps. Similarly, the Google search bar that one sees on the front screen will become a Google Assistant box. There is however no confirmation yet that these two improvements will be included in this year’s version of the Android OS or not.
Beyond these, the stated objectives will include offering longer battery life, adaptability to unique smartphone designs like the plan by Samsung to launch a foldable smartphone. If Google has its way, then Samsung’s foldable phone (rumoured to be labelled Galaxy X), will also become a reality.
What is even more interesting to emerge out of these rumours/reports is that Google is keen on attracting Apple customers towards Android. For this, Android may have to possess a ‘look and feel’ similar to iOS. While Google may be able to implement this on its own Pixel range of phones, most other top smartphone makers like Samsung and Xiaomi use their own in-house user interfaces and therefore, this objective itself appears to be standing on thin ice.