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Google has already started working on Android P

Update: Android P will feature integration with Android Things

Google is working on Android P already! And even though we're all still getting to know Oreo, it's looking very exciting. According to the latest news, Android P is going to be right at home in the Internet of Things.

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This comes as no surprise to be honest. An operating system is not going to be created in a week and even with its significant workforce, Google still has to move ahead too. This latest news was relayed to us by XDA, who discovered a new tag in AOSP that shows that Google is now testing Android P on the Pixel and Pixel XL. Obviously, this is not intended for users or even beta users yet, just for the Google team. 

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O for Oreo. P for pancake? Or popsicle? © AndroidPIT

Google aims for better integration of Android Things with Chromecast in Android P

Android Things, previously known as Brillo, is Google's upcoming Android-based solution for embedded systems. Intended as an OS for the Internet of Things, it's designed to be compatible with relatively lightweight systems (as low as 32MB of RAM). The OS is still in its early stages so don't expect to see many Android Things devices commercially available this year, but Google is clearly working on tuning up the OS in the upcoming months. One such tweak is Chromecast integration, set to be rolled out with the release of Android Things based on Android P (9.0).

Our colleagues at XDA discovered a new volume control API on the Chromium Gerrit that enables the user to synchronize the volume level between Android Things and Chromecast devices. Although a small change, it's a clear indication that Google is working to better integrate Android Things with Chromecast.

Since Android Things ultimately aims to integrate Android with every device in your household, we can expect to see more tweaks and changes aimed to integrate Android Things into the wider Google ecosystem as time goes on.

Why Android P already?

You might be wondering why Google is still releasing new versions when so many devices are still using Marshmallow and Lollipop. The first thing to bear in mind is simply that most manufacturers place their own version of the operating system on devices by modifying the version provided by Google, so when Google offers a new version, it has to invest a lot of resources in it. The second point is that less geeky users (a significant amount of people on the whole) don't really care about the Android version on their phones and are just looking for a system that works. 

Manufacturers are therefore wondering whether it's worth making his effort. Google doesn't need to worry about this though and continues on its momentum, no matter how many users plan to use its newer versions.

What do you think? Should Google continue to launch a new operating system each year? Or should it force manufacturers to update their devices? Share your thoughts in the comments below!



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  • Mark G. 3 months ago Link to comment

    I don't think it should be one or the other, it shouldn't be a issue for Google to continue to develop the OS and make improvements, whilst pushing the manufacturers to update their devices, sure some older phones will struggle with newer versions but it's a small amount.

    I very much like to have the latest version & it's one of the few negative things about Android (which is a manufacturer issue but Google could do more to facilitate quicker updates).

    I understand that some amount of testing is required by the manufacturers before releasing updates, they don't want to release updates if it brings more problems. It is also a cost issue due to the amount of testing for various devices.

    Though these issues are understandable they shouldn't be a barrier to a seamless update system.

    Peace 🖖

  • Dane 4 months ago Link to comment

    They're working on making it easier to update. Can't stagnate or in a few years it would be obsolete. They should definitely update their own phones as long as possible though or why should others?

  • KnIghT 4 months ago Link to comment

    I want to buy an Android sounds cool "AI" yushhh....

  • Greg1100 4 months ago Link to comment

    Google should just keep to one os and update it as things change, like MS Win 10 does.
    And force phone makers to update very quickly, instead of years down the line, often never.

    • KnIghT 4 months ago Link to comment

      Android is the OS....the name that follows is just an easier way to represent the version numbers..So it could be said that google 'is' just updating their OS frequently.

  • It seems like to force manufacturers to update their devices

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