Android P for HTC U11 and U11 Plus : Features and Release
HTC U11 flagship received the Android 8.0 Oreo update few months back and the HTC U11 Plus flagship arrived with pre-installed Android Oreo. The next major update for these HTC flagships is Android 9.0 P.
Android 9.0 P Developer Preview 1 is released on March 8th and the final release could take place in August in line with the previous Android releases. The first preview sports many elegant and impressive features as expected earlier. So it seems that Android 9.0 P is going to provide a new user experience with a new visual design and other new features like call recording notification, screenshot button, Wi-Fi RTT and many more.
When will HTC U11 and U11 Plus will get Android P ?
As per the roadmap released by Google along with the Android P Preview, the consumer version of the next flavour Android will arrive in Q3 of 2018. So most likely in mid or late August will see the Android P official release.
Previously Android Oreo arrived on August 21st and the unlocked HTC U11 devices start receiving the update from November 25th, the carrier versions received the update in December 2017 and January 2018.
So the upcoming android update may hit HTC U11 and U11 Plus devices in late-November or early-December 2018. The unlocked devices will receive the update earlier than carrier locked devices.
Android P Exclusive Features
The internal codename for Android 9.0 P is Pistachio Ice Cream and the final codename will be announced the launch in August. The APIs will be finalized in the Preview 3 which will arrive in June, according to the roadmap.
The top features of Android P include screenshot button along with Markup Editor, Redesigned Volume Slider, newly designed Quick Settings panel, integration of AI and so on. Now we will roundup main Features of Android P one by one.
Screenshot Button and Markup Editor
The Android P update sports a screenshot button in the Powermenu, so taking screenshots with single hand will be possible. Visually, the screenshot button in the Power Menu appears separated from the Restart and Power off buttons. So the screenshot button can be recognized very quickly.
The custom roms of Android have this feature a long time ago and the official builds of Android are going to have the screenshot button.
The Markup Screen Editor of Android 9.0 brings up the chance to edit screenshots quickly. After taking up a screenshot, a new button known as Edit appears in the Notification. By tapping on the Edit button, users can access the Markup editor of screenshots through Google Photos.
Albeit, the editor is little rudimentary in the preview 1, the Search Giant will improve in the next previews and the final release.
New Volume Slider
In the Android P update, Google relocated the Media Controls with volume slider to side of the device to better support notch sporting displays. The newly desinged Volume slider is visually good looking. Through the Media output button located above the Volume Slider, we can access the connected Bluetooth devices. On the bottom of the slider we can find the ringer or mute modes.
By long tapping the Ringer button we can go to the Settings to change the Ringer volume and other customization. The new slider and media controls are looking still somewhat buggy and they may get better in the final version of Android P.
We will update this post soon with more details about Android P for HTC U11 and U11 Plus devices.