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It’s been almost two months since the first Android P Developer Preview was released in the wild. Google has just released the latest preview, coming with a build number of PPP4.180612.004. This update is available now for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

While you may think this is just another boring update, you would definitely be wrong. Thanks to our friends at Droid Life, we know about a slew of new features that have arrived.

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Android P DP4 Changes

Here’s a quick breakdown of these features:

  • New Back Button – With the release of DP4, Google has changed the back button from an enclosed triangle to just a back arrow in the navigation bar.
  • Notification Shade Tweaks – Some of the icons found in the Notification Shade are now outlines, versus being filled in. This is similar to the change in the back button.
  • Dark Theme – Android P DP4 now lets you choose between Automatic, Light, or Dark themes. Originally, this was automatically changed depending on your wallpaper.
  • Software Info – Now that we are into the month of July, it makes sense for Google to bring the latest Android security patch. This new patch carries a date of July 5, 2018.
  • New Rotate Button in Navigation Bar – As is the case with the back button, Google has changed the icon used for the rotate button in the Navigation Bar.
  • Call Volume Control – Under the Sound settings, there is a new volume bar for Call volume, which is separated from Media, Ring, or Alarm volume.
  • Updated App Switcher – Thanks to all of the new gesture controls in Android P, we were introduced to a new App Switcher. The UI for this has changed in DP4, as the cards are slightly larger, the scroll bar has been lengthened, and the quick gesture shows “close-to-full-screen previews”.

These are just some of the changes that have arrived in the latest Android P Developer Preview. However, since the software just became availalbe a few hours ago, chances are that more changes will be discovered.

We’re Getting Close

What makes this release so surprising is that it was a few days late, but is considered a “release candidate”. This means that we are getting closer to the final launch of Android P. Additionally, we are getting closer to learning what the actual name will be.

If you are enrolled in the Android P Beta Program, you will see an update in the next few hours. However, if you just can’t wait, you can download the official factory images and have some fun.

Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think Android P will be named. Also, let us know what you think about the new changes and if you are excited to see a new Dark Mode available.

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