The Android P Developer Preview 3 is now available for download , and the truth is that, although it comes with few novelties, it is still the sample that Android is on the right track , improving performance more and more, and polishing certain necessary aspects such as notifications, gestures, multitasking …
With this DP3 the hype It was high, although the few changes may be able to tell us little by little to the most ambitious. Today, it’s time to talk about the bad thing about the Android P Developer Preview 3 , because it comes with a couple of changes that we do not understand, and that do not make it clear if they are definitive or if they are specific.
The first change that personally does not convince me is the new aspect of multitasking. The logic says that when you access this, you want to have as good as possible a size of the application cards, since you will work with them. This Developer Preview 3 makes the cards somewhat smaller , apart from that the new dock with frequent applications occupies practically a third of the total of the screen, something that does not make too much sense for a single search bar and 5 icons.
Apart from this, Material Design lines are usually accompanied by round corners, so we do not finish understanding the rectangular corners – something that was already in the previous version, and that we thought would be corrected. A trivial aspect, to which we only aim to go to detail , but since Google prepares the best version of Android to date, what less to get somewhat demanding.
The second change, I have to say yes I think something serious, since it undermines the philosophy of Android. As you know, launchers have two parts, the dock, and the space for applications and widgets . In absolutely all terminals, we can slide from the main desktop to right or left to move to another page.
As well, Android P Developer Preview 3 has blocked the area of the dock, so you can only move from desktop if you slip from the side of the applications . Something without any sense, especially in 6-inch terminals such as Google Pixel, in which to turn the page, the finger naturally falls into the dock.
The philosophy of Android is not to remove already present and useful options , more taking into account an action as logical as that of changing the desktop by moving the finger from where we want. We hope that the DP4 fix these changes, which do not end up fitting into a ROM that was better in its previous version, something curious the less.