Vivo X21 brings in-display fingerprint scanner to India

It was the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 that Vivo first showcased the in-display fingerprint scanner as the first in the world, and now, they’re bringing that technology to India piggybacking on the Vivo X21.

The phone is already available in China and has two variants, the X21 and X21 UD. After the launch in China, Vivo also brought the X21 UD into a few other South Asian markets. According to a source that spoke to phoneradar, India will be privy to the same variant at the price tag of Rs 34,990. 

Though the device being launched is the Vivo X21 UD, it will still be called the X21 locally. There isn’t any information of when the phone will be launched precisely, but reports confirm that will happen by the end of May. 

Vivo X21 specifications, features

The Vivo X21 features a massive 6.28-inch Super AMOLED screen at a 1080 x 2280 resolution and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Running on Android 8.1 Oreo with Vivo’s own Funtouch OS 4.0 layered on top, may not appealing for users who prefer using devices that are a part of the Android One program. 

That being said, as per yesterday’s Google I/O developer keynote, the Android P beta will be available for the Vivo X21. Making this the third phone to have the operating system in India aside from the Nokia 7 Plus and the yet to be released, OnePlus 6.

The Vivo X21 UD launched in China had 6GB RAM and 128GB storage coupled with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset. It’s expected the same hardware will follow on the X21 in India. 

The 3200mAh battery should ideally last one day, but only a more in-depth review of the device will offer insight into real life performance. And, while Vivo’s rear dual camera setup with a 12MP and 5MP lens sounds impressive, in the past, Vivo phones have had underwhelming low light performance. 

Despite its price tag, the phone won’t have a USB Type C port but will support fast charging. 

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The best Bluetooth speakers 2018: the best portable speakers for any budget

Best Bluetooth Speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar’s round-up of the bluetooth speakers you can buy in 2018. 

Even if you’ve got a dedicated AV cabinet with gold-plated speaker cables and an amplifier the size of a car engine, there are going to be those times when the portability of one of the best Bluetooth speakers just can’t be ignored.

They may need a battery top up every now and again, and a wireless Bluetooth connection does mean that you’re going to get a small drop off in audio quality due to data compression. But when it comes to convenience and price, Bluetooth speakers often can’t be beaten.

Whether you’re looking for a speaker to bring with you on your next adventure, a portable powerhouse to bring with you to the beach or a rocking wireless speaker for your next house party, there’s definitely a Bluetooth speaker out there for you. 

Need some suggestions? Here’s our list of our top picks for the best Bluetooth speakers around. Some are rugged. Some are stylish. Some are weatherproof and some aren’t fit for the outdoors – read through and take your pick. 

How to pick out the best Bluetooth speaker

One of the biggest questions we get asked when talking to folks about Bluetooth speakers is: How do I pick out the best one? 

Regardless of what features you want from your speaker, its imperative that it has a decent battery life and good level of sound quality. There’s no point in having a device packed full of features if its battery dies quickly and it sounds rubbish. All of our picks fulfil these two requirements, so when you’re picking from this list you can afford to focus more on features. 

On the features side, common requests include water-resistance (and water-proof speakers), voice calling and device charging – a feature that allows you to plug your phone or tablet into the speaker to siphon off a bit of juice when it’s running a bit low. Some of the best speakers (like the UE Boom 2) now include all three! 

Another good way to narrow down your search is to select a speaker based on the activity you’re going to do with it. A great travel speaker might not have the exact same attributes as the best home listening speaker, for example. 

That being said, we’ve tried to highlight some of the most common use cases below and have selected a speaker that fits perfectly with that scenario.

Without further ado, here are the 10 best Bluetooth wireless speakers, ranked by their price-to-performance ratio.

This sequel to the UE Boom nails everything a Bluetooth speaker should be. It’s loud, yet detailed. Portable, but still incredibly durable. Plus, even better, the addition of waterproofing turns what used to be the best Bluetooth speaker around for most occasions into the best one for every occasion. 

If you’re deep in the search for your next –, or first – Bluetooth speaker, you can stop looking now. (But if you’re looking for a little more power, the Megaboom – also from UE – is a great choice, too.) 

Read the full review: UE Boom 2

Meet one of the Bluetooth speaker market’s best-kept secrets. The Fugoo comes in your choice of jacket style (Style, Tough, or Sport), but no matter which one you choose, this speaker is just as suited for the elements as it is your coffee table. 

Despite its small size, this option offers surprisingly good sound performance and, get this, up to 40 hours of battery life when listening at medium volume. We were able to get nearly 20 hours out of it at a high volume.

Read the full review: Fugoo

As a package, the JBL Charge 3 offers a compelling set of features and excellent sound quality to boot. It punches well above its weight, playing loudly and distortion-free. 

The Charge line of speakers have been on our shortlist of recommendations for a long time thanks to the way they combine great sound quality with the ability to charge your devices over USB. 

The latest iteration maintains JBL’s dominance in the portable Bluetooth speaker market.

Read the full review: JBL Charge 3

The new Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is a beautiful piece of design. It’s a solid, reassuringly weighty wireless speaker delivering on all the B&W audio heritage which the British audio maestro has been building up throughout its  lifetime: The sound is clear and natural, delivering room-filling audio with seriously punchy mid-range, and dynamic, controlled bass.

Its price might put a bit of a damper on your wallet, but if you have audiophile tastes that extend into the portable speaker space, the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is the only speaker you should be considering.

Read the full review: Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless

The Bose SoundLink Mini II is relatively ancient, having been released in June 2015. However, writing off the SoundLink Mini II because of its age would be a mistake, as it remains one of the best sounding wireless speakers. 

That said, it punches way above what its size would suggest, producing deep bass, sparkling highs and a lush midrange. While most wireless speakers sound OK, the Mini II proves that small speakers don’t need to compromise on sound, and other Bose conveniences like a charging pad. 

Read the full review: Bose SoundLink Mini II

When someone asks us for a recommendation for a waterproof speaker, the UE Roll 2 was always on the top of our list. We loved the Roll 2’s unique form factor, 50-foot wireless range and, obviously, it sounded good, too. Where it was lacking was in the bass department. Logitech, UE’s parent company, has fixed the Roll 2’s lack of bass by creating the appropriately named UE Wonderboom. 

In our eyes, the UE Wonderboom bests the Roll 2 in just about every way –except for the Roll 2’s handy bungee cord. Still, ignoring that, if you’re looking for one of the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers on the market today, it’s hard to do better than the UE Wonderboom. 

Read the full review: UE Wonderboom

The Creative Muvo 2C is a speaker than punches well above its weight in terms of its sound quality. This tiny Bluetooth speaker is one of the smallest we’ve seen to pack its own bass radiator, which results in much better dynamic range than many other speakers at this price point. Plus, it’s also feature rich in terms of its inputs, allowing you to play music either over Bluetooth, a 3.5mm jack, USB or even insert a microSD card to play MP3 files directly. 

Of course, that being said, if you spend more you’ll get a more refined sound, better bass still, and a longer battery life. But if you’re looking for a budget speaker than the Muvo 2C is hard to beat at this price. 

More recently we’ve reviewed its older sibling the Creative Muvo 2, which could be an option if you want this same functionality in a slightly larger form factor. However, it doesn’t present quite the same value for money as the 2C. 

Read the full review: Creative Muvo 2C

B&O created a hit with the Beoplay P2. It’s a well-designed speaker that’s extremely easy to use, has a well-built companion app, and it sounds great. On top of that, the speaker is ultra-portable without compromising on much bass content. Sure, you could get something a little bigger (and stereo) for the same price, but at this size the sound quality justifies the price. The smart gestures are a nice touch too, although we wouldn’t buy the device solely for that reason.

Read the full review: B&O Beoplay P2

The Marshall Kilburn might not appear to be the best choice in Bluetooth speakers. It’s large, heavy, doesn’t have USB charging and isn’t waterproof – plus, $299 (£239, about AU$390) is a lot to pay for a Bluetooth speaker. 

But none of this matters because the Kilburn sounds so darn good. 

Over a month’s time, we fell in love with the Kilburn’s design, feel and pristine sound quality. There’s no other portable Bluetooth speaker on the market quite like it. It’s a head turner and conversation piece. It’s a piece of audio art that you’ll be proud to show off to your friends during a party. 

Read the full review: Marshall Kilburn

The newest speaker in the Denon Envaya line is one of the first speakers to absolutely blow us away in 2018. It offers powerful, room-filling sound that will sound great to most ears, plus comes with an IP67 rating, make it both dust and waterproof. It’s also built like a tank, making it one of the most durable speakers we’ve ever laid our hands on.

Despite a nearly flawless performance, the Envaya isn’t perfect: While sound quaity is full, powerful and rich, it doesn’t have the treble bite some like and the buttons located along the side can feel stiff and difficult to operate. These are ultimately minor complaints, however, and the Denon Envaya remains a great Bluetooth speaker – easily one of the best you can buy this year.

Read the full review: Denon Envaya (DSB-250BT)

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The best free online video converter 2018

There are dozens of different video formats, and sometimes you’ll need to switch between them. That’s when you need a video converter, and while free video conversion software is a great choice if you have a large batch of files to convert, an online tool is more convenient for occasional use.

Choosing the right online video converter isn’t easy, though. Some of the most popular sites are packed with ads and popups, while others have file size limits that make them impractical for videos longer than a couple of minutes.

Many online video converters we used to recommend have changed over recent months, enforcing stricter limits on the number of files you can convert within a certain timeframe, adding watermarks, or featuring so many ads it’s hard to find where to download your converted video.

We’ll keep this article updated frequently so you always know where to find the best sites for converting your videos without these limitations.

Apowersoft Free Online Video Converter

1. Apowersoft Free Online Video Converter

A brilliant online video converter with impressive editing options

Apowersoft Free Online Video Converter is a little unusual. Although it’s a browser-based tool, when you click ‘Select files to start’, you’ll be prompted to download and install a launcher plugin before you can get started.

Editor's choice: Ashampoo Free Online Video Converter

Once that’s done, you’ll find that Apowersoft Free Online Video Converter accepts pretty much any video file as input, and offers more output formats than any other dedicated online video converter.

It can handle multiple videos at once (just upload them in a queue), and puts various editing options at your disposal. You can add your own watermark from an image file, trim the clip, apply filters (including vintage and monochrome effects), crop it, and even adjust the frame rate. 

Files are processed quickly, and once they’re converted you can download or share them on social media with just a couple of clicks. It’s everything you could ask for in an online video converter, and it’s all wonderfully easy to use.

Note that selecting ‘Download desktop version’ will download a trial of Apowersoft’s premium video conversion software. This is a demo of a paid-for program, and is different to the online converter.

  • Apowersoft Free Online Video Converter

CloudConvert

2. CloudConvert

A remarkable online file converter that can handle over 200 file types

CloudConvert proudly declares that it can convert anything to anything, and that’s not far off the mark. Itcan handle files up to 1GB in size and supports video formats including MP4, AVI, WebM and WMV – plus many more.

That’s not all – CloudConvert can also convert spreadsheets, vector images, audio files and presentations to name just a few.

You can select files from your desktop, a URL, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or OneDrive, and the conversion options are very impressive. Not only can you choose a file format and quality, you can also cut the clip, add subtitles, and choose the FPS and resolution.

The free version of CloudConvert limits you to 25 ‘conversion minutes’ per day. This is a measure of time spent processing your files, but if it’s likely to be a problem you’re better off using a desktop video converter instead.

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123apps Video Converter

3. 123apps Video Converter

An impressive list of supported file types, plus presets for mobile devices

123apps Video Converter features a few ads, but they don’t interfere with the converter’s main interface. There’s no need to submit an email address or log in with a social media profile – just choose a file and start converting.

There are 10 popular formats to choose from once you’ve uploaded your file, as well as presets optimized for various playback devices. Clicking the ‘Settings’ button reveals drop-down lists of audio and video codecs, plus a handy slider that lets you adjust the video quality and gives an approximate output file size. 

In our tests 123apps Video Converter wasn’t the fastest, but the the device profiles are an unusual and welcome touch – something you’d more commonly find in a premium video converter.

  • 123apps Video Converter

Convert to Video Files Online

4. Convert to Video Files Online

Not the fastest around, but this free converter compensates with flexibility

If you just want to convert video files without editing them, take a look at Convert to Video Files Online.

This free online video converter offers an excellent selection of conversion formats, including MP4, MOV, MPG, WMV and many more. There are four quality options (most converters only provide three), and although there are no advanced editing tools, you can resize the video if necessary. 

Processing is quite slow (you can see how many other people are ahead of you in the queue to have their files processed), but if you need a very specific format for a particular application then this streamlined converter is a good choice. 

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ClipChamp

 5. ClipChamp

A video converter and recorder, but with some limitations to bear in mind

ClipChamp has changed significantly over recent months, and sadly not for the better. It still lets you convert an unlimited number of videos, but with one major drawback: all your converted clips will be watermarked unless you pay for a subscription plan. 

You’ll be prompted to sign in using Facebook, Google or an email address (which you might not fancy), but once

One thing in ClipChamp’s favor its its ability to make brief recordings from your webcam, but we’d rather use Ashampoo Free Online Screen Recorder – it performs the same task and has no time limits.

ClipChamp can convert videos between MP4, WebM, WMV and FLV formats, with a choice of quality settings (always a welcome addition). There are also some basic editing tools for cropping and trimming your video before it’s converted, which might give ClipChamp the edge if you don’t want to use a separate video editor.

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Qualcomm pushes towards 64-bit apps on Windows 10 for ARM

One of the biggest pitfalls of running Windows 10 on a Snapdragon chip is the fact that Qualcomm’s ARM processors don’t support 64-bit applications. However, at Microsoft Build 2018, Qualcomm has announced it is releasing a 64-bit SDK for Windows on ARM.

An early preview of the SDK comes with the latest Visual Studio 15.8 Preview 1 with all the tools to allow you to create your own 64-bit ARM apps. What’s more, Qualcomm says developers will be able to develop x64 apps that run natively on ARM processors rather than relying on an emulator.

“While the algorithms that make emulation possible are engineered to optimize performance,” a Qualcomm spokesperson said in the release. “Running your app natively allows your customers to get the most performance and capability from your app on this new category of devices.”

With this new software developers kit, programmers will finally be able to create 64-bit applications for Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 devices. That said, a software developers kit isn’t going to suddenly make 64-bit applications work on devices like the Asus NovaGo and the HP Envy x2. Rather, developers will still have to rewrite their existing and new programs to work on Snapdragon devices.

Up until now 64-bit application support has been missing on Windows 10 for ARM, forcing users to download the 32-bit version of their favorite programs. Even then though, these x86 apps can’t run natively on the hardware and instead require an emulator.

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The next Android TV device is here, but it’s only for developers

In a relatively light hardware year at Google I/O, the Mountain View-based company saved one announcement for its most hardcore of Android TV developers – a new device called the ADT-2 that will serve as a testbed for Android TV P, its upcoming version of Android TV. 

The device doesn’t look like much with it’s almost original Chromecast-like exterior, but the latest additions to Android TV should allow even the most low-spec’d devices to enjoy solid playback and quick navigation. 

That said, if it’s the same device we saw in a report last month in an FCC Filing, the ADT-2 uses an Amilogic S905X processor with 2GB of RAM under the hood, and 8GB of eMMC storage for downloading apps and games.

The streaming dongle was introduced by the Director of Android TV, Sascha Prueter during the developer focused “What’s new on Android TV” breakout session, and while the vast majority of the talk focused on how code should be implemented in Android TV P, it did give a fair overview of some of the new features coming to Android TV in the near future.

Besides the performance enhancements, Google will include an autofill feature similar to what you’d find on Google’s search engine, plus suggested settings which uses previous settings from Android TV devices to setup your new Android TV, and suggested apps which recommends apps based on apps that you’ve used previously.

There’s also a new interface, which you can see pictured in the photo above. 

ADT-2, the future of Android TV 

While its name may sound strange, the ADT-2 is a sequel to the ADT-1 that Google unveiled during its 2014 keynote when it announced Android TV. 

Like the original ADT-1, the ADT-2 will be made exclusively to developers who can apply for a test unit of their own via a Google Form located at: g.co/io/adt2-signup. 

Disappointingly, Google was rumored to unveil a new consumer-facing Chromecast device alongside a game-streaming service codenamed ‘Yeti’ – even going as far as to mention “a new device” in the talk’s description – but it seems, for now, the best we’re going to get is the ADT-2. 

The silver lining? Google has given a lot of thought to the next generation of Android TV devices and the ADT-2 is the ground-floor foundation. 

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Android P release date, public beta first impressions and news

Google’s Android P update release date is closer today thanks to the public beta that went live immediately after the Google IO 2018 developer conference keynote.

It’s a feature-filled Android 9.0 update, with design changes, helpful shortcuts and, already, phones that are compatible with the the mobile operating system beta. It’s more than just available on Pixel phones this time around.

You may or may not want to test out Android P beta, so we’ve laid out the visual design changes and how they works. Of course, Google is bound to add to its list of changes in the coming months. Here’s what we know so far.

Cut to the chase

  • What is Android P? The next version of Android
  • When can get you Android P? Public beta is out today, final version likely August 2018
  • How much will Android P cost? It will be a free update

Android P release date

You download the Android P beta today, or wait until August, when Google is likely to launch the final version of its operating system update. That’s when we saw the last Android update release date a year ago.

Google launched its first developer preview in early March 2018. So some people have been testing Android P ahead of its public beta debut. The cadence of beta updates will pick up, according to Google’s vague release date timeline. Expect more versions of the Android P beta as time goes on.

Of course, it will be available first for Google phones, but it will also likely make its retail debut in the Google Pixel 3, which we suspect is being saved for October. Google has also partnered with several Android makers to support the beta.

Android P beta: does it work with your phone?

There’s a better chance that the Android P beta works with your phone than the Android O beta did a year ago, simply because Android P is on more devices. That got audible cheers from the Google IO crowd.

So far, it works with:

  • Google Pixel phones
  • Nokia phones
  • Vivo phones
  • OnePlus phones
  • Xiaomi phones
  • Sony phones
  • Oppo phones
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Adaptive battery life

Android P is being designed to give you a more consistent battery experience by using on-device machine learning to figure out which apps you’ll use in the next few hours and which you won’t use until later if at all today.

With 30% reeducation in CPU app wake-ups for apps, adaptive battery is producing promising results, according to Dave Burke, Google’s VP of Engineering for Android. He says Google partnered with Deep Mind to refine its deep learning algorithms.

Adaptive brightness

Current auto-brightness settings aren’t good enough, according to Google, and that’s why it’s giving phone makers a more power efficient way to calibrate phone screen brightness based on both the environment and learned behavior.

Google calls this adaptive brightness and claims that current around 50% of users testing out this Android P feature have stopped manually adjusting the brightness thanks to adaptive brightness.

App actions

Google is inserting more prediction tools into its app drawer. Previously, you’d see a row of predicted apps, normally based on your usage history. That was helpful.

Android P goes a step further with app actions that predict what actions you’ll take in a row right underneath these app icons. This boils down to shortcuts for calls, or a run routine based on the fact that you just plugged in headphones and run every day at this time with an app like Strava. It’s like Android P is reading your mind.

App slices

You may not see app slices right away, but Google is issuing the API to developers to create more shortcuts around its operating system interface. This is starting is search, of course (after all, this is Google, we’re talking about).

The best example at Google IO was with the ride-hailing app, Lyft. Searching for this will provide the app as an answer but also shortcuts to your top destinations, like work and home, each with a price. It’s saving you from having to go into the app itself in order to select these options.

App slices via the search bar can extend to Google Photos. If you look up Hawaii, you’ll see photos from a vacation, for example, and checking into a hotel may soon be easier when you look up your hotel name. Instead of having to wade through the clunky third-party app, you may be able to just select ‘check in’.

Android P navigation design changes

Android P will have a new system navigation interface in order to make multi-tasking easier to understand, with a single clean home button. It’s very much an iPhone X horizontal bar to replace the typical home and recent buttons.

This is part of Google’s plan to make the UI simpler and adapt to the all-screen phone designs out there.

You’ll be able to swipe up from the bottom anywhere in the operating system to see recent open apps as well as five predicted app at the bottom of the screen to save you time. Swiping up a second time and you’ll see your app drawer. With this one-two swipe gesture, Google has essentially combined the all-apps and overview spaces gesture into one.

Volume slider and screen rotation fixed

The volume slider is moving again, and this time it’s off to the right side near the volume rocker. That makes sense, but it does more than just get a new home.

Pressing the volume keys will now adjust the media volume instead of sometimes (but you’re not quite sure when) controlling the ringer volume. The ringer can be turned on and off through a software toggle button when you adjust the volume. This makes much more sense.

You’ll also be able to manually control screen orientation. This will be done via a pop-up icon that appears when you rotate the screen. You won’t have to rely on the phone to (often mistakenly) rotate the screen for you.

Android P time dashboard and Shush

it’s no secret that we use our smartphones too much, and you probably do, too (you are on a technology website, after all). But how much time?

Like a Fitbit tracker gauges for activity and informs to motivate you, Google’s Android P update include a dashboard to monitor how long you’ve been using your phone and specific apps. it’s supposed to aid you in understanding what you’re spending too much time on so that you can adjust your behavior. 

It even comes with an app timer and to send you notifications when you cross a self-imposed threshold, and a Shush feature it launching as a Do Not Disturb shortcut when you turn your phone over on its front face.

Here are our previous Android P impressions based on the Developer Preview 1

Previous Android P first impressions

After the trial and error that always comes with the delicate process of flashing a smartphone, we finally have Android P loaded onto a Google Pixel XL. It didn’t take long for us to notice a few small, but appreciable tweaks to the visuals from the initial setup screen.

Text is more sharp, there’s generally more color in the menus, transition animations have been touched up, and some stuff has been moved around. It looks and feels fresh, even in this very early software build.

Looking for the time? It’s now on the top left corner of the screen. App notification icons pile next to it, which could get dicey if A.) you use a lot of apps, or B.) your next Android phone has a notch (Google has planned ahead for this, thankfully.) 

The Pixel Launcher now has a rounded-off edge, matching the look of notification windows that you see when you wake up your phone. This is obviously a minor touch, but it plays into the overall look that Google is going for with P. 

You’ll have to squint to notice this welcome improvement

Ambient Display has been overhauled, at least compared to what came before it on Pixel XL and what currently exists on the latest Pixel 2 XL Oreo software. The date and day of week no longer display underneath the time, but it still displays app notification icons. 

The biggest change here is that down at the screen’s bottom, it displays the battery percentage, so that you don’t have to wake it to know whether you need to plug in or not. We look forward to Google making more updates to Ambient Display as the dev preview continues.

Buried in the display settings, the preview allows developers, and by extension, us and anyone else who installs the preview, to simulate a notch on their phones. Offering three different notch options, Google lets developers test their apps using a hypothetical notch before more devices with the feature release, which will inevitably happen. I’m sure some people will leave this feature on for fun, but it looks pretty silly on the Pixel XL’s humongous bezels. Plus, seeing app notifications hiding because there’s no more space? Not so much fun at all, really.

We’re still digging around Android P and will be installing new updates as they come, so stay tuned.

What we want to see

Android is in quite a polished state by this point, but there are always improvements that can be made, such as the following things.

1. Wider, faster availability

Android has long had a fragmentation problem, with many devices stuck on very old versions and even those which will ultimately get the latest release often taking many months to do so.

With Android P we’d like to see Google push to get the update on more devices, faster. This is largely in the hands of manufacturers, but Google might be able to do something to help.

In fact, Google is already working on this somewhat with Project Treble, a feature which should mean it’s less work for manufacturers to update their devices.

It remains to be seen how much difference that will make, but we’re sure there’s more that could be done in any case.

2. Movable search bar and date widgets

Not everyone wants the same layout, hopefully Android P will address that

One of the things we typically praise about stock Android is that it’s free of bloat, but that can also mean it’s light on features, such as the ability to move the search bar and date widget.

They are currently glued to the bottom and top of the home screen respectively in the stock version of Android Oreo.

Most people will probably be happy with that, but we’d like the ability to move them anywhere on the screen with Android P, like you can with most widgets.

3. More customization

On a related note, we’d love to see more customization potential in general with Android P.

Some third-party launchers let you customize gestures, screen transitions and the like, but for the most part what you see is what you get with Android Oreo.

There’s nothing stopping you switching the stock launcher for a third-party one to gain those options, but then you lose the Oreo look and feel, so for Android P we want more customization built-in.

4. Make the Pixel Launcher available on all devices

Pixel Launcher is a slick take on Android that we want to see on more devices

While your device may get Android Oreo, it probably won’t get it as Google intended unless it’s a Pixel phone, so we’d like to see the Pixel Launcher made available for third-party handsets too, so users can choose between Google’s take on Android and that of their device’s manufacturer.

The Pixel Launcher is actually available on Google Play, but only for Google’s own devices, so with Android P we’d like to see its availability and compatibility widened.

5. Feature parity

Even once you get a new version of Android on your device, you won’t necessarily get all the features straight away.

For example, Google Assistant took a while to arrive on many devices even once they had Android Nougat, and Google Lens doesn’t come as part of the core Android Oreo update.

With Android P we’d like to see any and all features, especially big ones like those above, be made available for all devices running the software and to come as part of the core Android P update.

6. Picture-in-picture for every app

Picture-in-picture is handy, but only works with a few apps

Picture-in-picture is one of the big new features of Android Oreo, but it’s actually quite limited, with many apps not supporting it.

That may well change over time, but if it’s not fixed as part of Oreo we want to see it available for most or all video apps as part of Android P.

7. A focus on tablets

While Android is great on phones, there’s a sense that less focus has been put on the tablet experience in recent years, and that’s all the more noticeable now that Apple has launched the tablet-focused iOS 11.

Google could learn from this, and we’d like to see it add the likes of system-wide drag-and-drop and more native tablet apps with Android P. Bringing Google Assistant to tablets wouldn’t hurt either.

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  • Vivo phones
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