Google marks Major Expansion for Lens with Non-Pixel Rollout

Google marks Major Expansion for Lens with Non-Pixel Rollout

When the Nexus line was Google's baby, we knew all the cool features those phones possessed would be in the new version of Android for everyone at some point.

Because Android P is now in developer preview, it's unclear which features might be included in the final release that goes out to the public.

Google's funky new camera party trick, Google Lens, is now available on all Android phones with the Google Photos app installed.

The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P were included in the Android Oreo beta, but neither device is part of the Android P beta and we don't expect that to change.

Google has finally released the Android P Developer preview. For instance, Google added "display cutout" support in Android P - a full-throated recognition/acceptance of iPhone X-like notches.

Google has released the first developer preview of the next version of Android. Of course, Google doesn't want to give away what P will stand for, so it has placed a "trippy" P image that changes color every time you look at it.

It's even providing a new Multi-Camera API for devices with dual rear- or front-facing cameras. Besides, with Android P, idle apps won't be able to access the device's microphone, camera or other sensors, which is very much appreciated. The expansion of Google Lens was revealed by the search giant last month.

Google will also enable simulated views to see how display notches will alter the look of your app. Also worth mentioning is that flashing the system image will keep users from getting OTA updates, so you'll have to manually flash the image for each new build that comes in, including the final build once it's sent out. With this change, users could reply to texts right from the notification itself.

Another feature coming with Android P is Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time (RTT) support. If you're looking to grab the first build of the Android P dev preview you can do so by hitting the button below. While buying a phone from Google lets you sidestep Android's fragmented update mess, Google still can't compete with Apple's end-to-end control.