Android P has to be one of the biggest Android updates of all time. It not only refines Android, it also brings a number of cool new features. But let’s face it, most of the android devices out there won’t ever see the Android P update. If you think you have one such device, this article is just for you.
How to get Android P features on your Smartphone?
Today we are going to show you, how you can get android P features on your Android smartphones. All of these methods work on non-rooted smartphones as well. So don’t worry, if your phone is not rooted.
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1. Android P Gestures:
Love it or hate it, you know gestures are going to stay. Even though gestures on androidP needs refinement, they are quite fun. Well, you can get these gestures on your device pretty easily with the Navigation Gesture app by XDA.
The app is pretty straightforward to use. Simply download it from play store and grant it all the permissions it asks for. The app replaces the navigation bar and switches with a pill from android P. you can even customize with various gestures according to your own choice.
For example, I have set up left swipe for going back, tap to go home and swipe up for recent apps. Also, you can customize what the pill look likes. You can adjust its height, it’s width and even it’s position on the screen. The app works quite well but there is a minor issue with the app overlapping with the icon on home screen. However, that’s a compromise you will have to make.
2. Android P launcher:
The launcher in AndroidP is yet another thing that has changed. And well thanks to XDA senior member for porting the Android P launcher pretty straightforward. There are different APKs for different Android versions. So you can pick the one, that is suited for your phone.
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The launcher itself is basically ported from Android P developer preview 2. It means the launcher is the real thing complete with the new google feed. Looking at it for the next Android P launcher on the Pixel smartphones feels it feels like the same things.
It has got the same features including the swipe to get to the google feed and the new implementation. You can even adjust the launcher setting which now comes in the form of app action sort of things by pressing and holding on the home screen.
3. Android P Wallpaper & Ringtones:
Every android updates bring a bunch of new wallpapers. Well androidP, at least the beta brings just one. So, to get the android P look on your phone. It’s important that you get this new wallpaper on your phone.
I have added the google drive link down below you can check out and download the wallpaper. It looks fine, but I personally found it a little blank.
Android P has also introduced a whole set of new tones for calls, alarms and a lot more which you can download from the link given below.
4. Android P screenshot Tool:
The android P preview also brings a new screenshot editor built right into the OS itself. It’s kind of line ios screenshot editor and it’s a handy tool to have.
If you want the same functionality on your phone. You can simply install the Markup APK from the XDA link given below. Once you have installed it, it works the pretty much same way as it does on android P.
The only difference is that once you press a screenshot you have to press share and select Markup to edit your screenshot. The tool itself is the exact same tool from Android P. it’s not much feature rich but for basic editing of screenshots, it does a good job.
5. Android P Volume Menu:
The new volume menu in android P is really awesome. It’s easy to access and you will love the fact that it changes the media volume by default. It also offers handy shortcuts to set the phone to silent mode.
It’s very handy and you can get it on your phone using the Volume Slider app. Simply install the app from play store and grant it the permission it asks for. There you have it, the android P style volume slider.
6. Android P Notification Panel and Setting Page:
Like with every android update, androidP also brings a new design to both the settings page and notification panel. Icons are now colored and rounded and the settings page now too has the colored icons everywhere.
Getting this look on your non-android P device is something you can do with substratum and the flux wipe theme. Once you have both the substratum and flux wipe theme installed, you will have to set things up.
7. Android P Lockdown Feature:
A really handy and useful feature that Google has introduced with android P is lockdown. What it basically does is disables the fingerprint scanner or any other biometric authentication like iris scanners, face unlock like such things forcing you to use your pin, pattern or password to unlock your device.
This is useful when you are going to sleep and you are worried that someone might use your fingerprint to unlock your device. To get this feature on your phone, you can download the LockDown app and give it the required permission.
Next, you can drag the lockdown app to the home screen and tap it to lock down the device. You can also enable the quick setting tile that you can tap on to lock down the phone. The feature works pretty much the same way as lockdown works on android P. it’s really handy if you don’t trust people around you.
8. Android P Digital Wellbeing:
Google has also announced digital wellbeing feature for androidP to combat smartphone addiction. While they are not here yet, you can get similar experience through an app.
There is an app called OffTime, which like the dashboard coming in android P tells you the amount of time you spend on various apps. Hence, you will know which apps are affecting your productivity. You can also create a profile where you can disable and notifications to remain focused.
If you try to use any disabled apps, OffTime will show you a message which will be either motivating or intimidating.
9. Android P Rotation Toggle:
One of the cooler features does the androidP gives is the dynamic rotation control toggle. It’s helpful if you have a phone rotation locked and you rotate your phone. With android P, you will get a toggle right there in the nav bar to manually change the orientation.
It’s pretty handy and you can emulate this feature on your phone using a free app called dynamic rotation control. Simply install the app, give it the required permission. Next, whenever you rotate the phone while the rotation is locked in portrait orientation, you will get the big toggle on the display. You can tap on the screen and your display orientation would change.
It’s not as minimal as android P and it doesn’t show on the navigation bar. But it’s there and it works. Honestly, it’s the closest one can get it as of now.
10. Android P Notch:
Android P also brings support for Notch as enforced. And if you are a developer who would like to check their apps compatibility with the notch. The Xoutof10 would let you do just that. It’s simple to use and completely free.
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