Google recently released the 4th developer preview for the first and second generation of Pixel devices. I’m here to clue you into a few things that have changed, and give you some insight on if you should pull the trigger.
DARK MODE! (Kind of):
Google is slowly but surely giving us what many Android diehards have been asking for, a dark mode. The dark mode can be accessed in the display settings of your phone. It changes the background of the notification shade, app drawer, and Google feed. This dark mode looks good with all of Google’s colorful accents. The only disappointing part is we do not see this dark mode in the settings menu. Hopefully Google will move that over as well but we will see.
This is a small thing however if you can tell from my picture there has been a change. The bar at the bottom of the screen that originally only occupied half of the screen now occupies the whole screen. This helps you more accurately move through apps by scrolling. The app cards in the app switcher also take up more of the screen.
The back button is also slightly changed. If you look at it, instead of it being a filled in triangle it now looks like a “less than” symbol. In my opinion this change is more aesthetically pleasing. Let me know what you think about this minor change. I do wish it was a bit bigger to match the size of the pill.
Addition to First Gen Pixel Devices:
If you noticed from my dark mode in app drawer picture the first generation Pixel devices now have the quick settings in the app drawer. I’m hoping this means we might get the copying in app switcher feature but I’m not holding my breath.
No Copying in App Switcher for First Gen Pixels:
This is a sad development. Apparently first generation Pixel devices wont get the ability to copy and paste text from the app switcher. This is a feature I was looking forward to and can’t test. I’m really not sure why this won’t happen but I guess only Google knows for sure. If you want more information on this Android Police has been writing about saga for a few months. The link will be in the sources.
This update is far more stable than Developer Preview 3. I’m not seeing applications crash nearly as often as with stable Oreo. Time will tell however it’s a welcome change. I’m also noticing how smooth animations are and how quickly apps open. I’ll have to see when I put the phone under more stress however that may have to wait.
Android P is becoming a fantastic update to Android. My main worry is what OEMs will do to it once they port it to their devices. I also want to hear what you all wish had been added. Also, will you be putting Developer Preview 4 onto your Pixel device? I honestly wouldn’t blame you if you did. Let me know in the comments below.