Android P Beta 3
Android P Beta 3

Google continues polishing what will be the next big Android update and just yesterday launched Android P Beta 3 or Developer Preview 4, as we prefer to call it. In this beta they have focused mainly on polishing details, although they have also introduced some new function.

Among the new features of Android P Beta 3 is the option to activate the light or dark mode manually, changes in the design of the icons, new volume control for calls and other minor changes. We see all the news in detail.

Manually switch between light and dark theme

Clear theme vs dark theme
Clear theme vs dark theme

The clear and dark themes have been available for some time in the Pixel, but one or the other was activated depending on the configured wallpaper; if it was a clear background, the subject was clear and we used a dark background to activate the dark theme.

With Android P Beta 3 we can continue having the light / dark themes automatically, but also, if we go to Settings – Screen – Theme of the device we can configure them manually as we like. Personally I do not like the dark theme too much because of the contrast it generates with the icons in blue, so I think I’ll leave the clearing by default.

Control call volume independently

The volume control was one of the great innovations of Android P and in this new beta it continues to expand its functions. Now we have a new section to control, it is the volume in call. Not the volume of the tone but the volume that our interlocutor will have during a call.

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The new setting can be found in the sound configuration , but it is also accessible during a call. If we click on the volume buttons while talking, by default we control the volume of the call that also appears in the classic side menu of Android P.

Changes in the multitasking interface

Multitasking on Android Beta 2 vs Android Beta 3
Multitasking on Android Beta 2 vs Android Beta 3

Gesture control and new multi-tasking were undoubtedly the most notable changes of Android P Beta and are still maintained in this version, but introduces a novelty to highlight: now the slider of recent apps occupies the full width of the screen and previews They are bigger.

In the image you can see what the slider looked like in the previous version (left) and the new one (right). On the one hand we can now slide across the width of the screen, which is not bad, but also open apps are larger, something that is certainly great if we want to copy text from one window to another.

Icons with lighter design

Android P Beta 2 vs Android P Beta 3
Android P Beta 2 vs Android P Beta 3

Both the Settings menu and the quick settings panel received an important facelift in the first versions of Android P. Now we have a white background (black if we activate dark mode) with round icons with a blue background.

In its day I already commented that the new design seemed too crude, and although I think it still lacks the subtlety of Android Oreo, in this version is much more pleasing to the eye. What Google has done is change some icons and remove the fill, so that it is visually lighter. We can see it in icons such as Do Not Disturb or Lantern, but there is more.

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If we go to the Settings menu, some of the icons that head each section have also changed, such as Sound, Security or Accounts. The subsections like System also have icons without filling and the same thing happens with the lateral volume control.

Android P Beta 2 vs Android P Beta 3
Android P Beta 2 vs Android P Beta 3

They are subtle changes that contribute to lighten the part of iconography that was somewhat crude in the previous version.

Other aesthetic changes and bug fixes

As we have seen, Android P Beta 3 focuses on polishing existing details rather than introducing new features. Here are some additional details:

The new 'Back' button (below) has a more minimalist design.
The new ‘Back’ button (below) has a more minimalist design.
The icons of the new status bar (below) are slightly smaller, although the layout remains unchanged.
The icons of the new status bar (below) are slightly smaller, although the layout remains unchanged.
The battery saving mode icon changes its design to a more subtle one.
The battery saving mode icon changes its design to a more subtle one.

With the previous beta, in addition to news, some problems came. One of them was that the screen Always On Display continued showing the icons of notifications although we had the mode Do not Disturb activated and configured so that it did not show them. In this beta it has been fixed and no notification will appear if we indicate it.

These are all the changes we have detected in the new release of Android P, we will expand the list if we find more news. What do you think about the new Android?

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