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Android P May Let Carriers Hide Signal Strength

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Android P may be set to give telecom carriers the ability to hide the signal strength in Settings. Signs of the new development have already surfaced through a piece of code designed for Google’s Android Open Source Project (AOSP). The new Android platform is expected to debut with the new carrier-centric feature sometime next year.

Android PThe commits appeared on Android Open Source Project site, as spotted by folks at XDA Developers. They reveal that carriers will get the option to hide signal strength in the “SIM Status” settings. It appears that unlike taking users into consideration, Google is fulfilling the request made by some carriers by opening the ability to change the visibility status of signals on the future Android version.

It is worth noting here that the value of signal strength, which is measured in dBm or as, can be used to compare network performance on multiple devices. The quality of network to deliver enhanced voice and data connectivity highly depends on the signal strength. Therefore, the discovered flexibility would throw the ball in the carriers’ court to let them decide whether they want the end users to judge the quality of their networks or not.

Importantly, the new change will have no impact on third-party apps as there wouldn’t be any changes pertaining to Android APIs. This means you would still be able to see the signal strength on your future Android device by downloading an appropriate app. However, Google might restrict that part as well by giving rights to carriers to even restrict signal strength through default APIs.

Android Oreo? Old news. With version 8.0 of the OS finally out the door, and literally some devices now receiving over-the-air updates, it’s time to focus on what’s next.

If you’re a huge Android nerd, you may already know that there’s already been an Android “Petit Four.” Before Google settled into alphabetic desserts, Android 1.1 went by that name internally.

Might Google revisit these tiny French cakes for the 2018 release of Android? It’s possible. Petits fours come in many varieties, both savory and sweet, reflecting the diversity of the Android ecosystem. They’d also make for ideal hors-d’oeuvre at whatever launch event takes place for the version.

There’s also a British variety known as a French fancy, which is… a less likely moniker.

  • Pro: A diverse confectionary, petits fours are together, but not the same.
  • Con: Confusing plural form. Petit fours? Petits four? Petit courses?

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