Google is rolling out the final developer preview of Android P, the new major release for its mobile operating system. The Android P Developer Preview 5 or Android P Beta 4 released today is the most stable version one can try ahead of the final release next month.
Android VP Dave Burke has termed Android P beta 4 as the build that includes all the “final system behaviors”. This means, the features available with this particular build are the ones already finalized by the company. One of the key feature is the new gesture-based navigation system, which Google has been tweaking since the release of the first developer preview. While Google might add some new elements with the final release candidate, whatever is here will be shipped with Android 9.0.
If you have been holding out on trying the Android P beta for stability concerns, then this release will be the most stable you can get before Google pushes out the final version this summer. Google is not mentioning any major known issues or bugs with this beta release. The Android P Beta 4 is available for Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The update is only 51.7MB in size for those already on Android P Beta 3 and it brings some minor design changes.
With Android P Beta 4, Google has removed the microphone icon from the search bar at the bottom of the home screen. It has also tweaks the icons for auto-rotate in the notification shade and the icon that shows up when turn the device. Android P brings a number of visual changes to the operating system including the settings menu and the quick shortcuts pull down menu.
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The multitasking is also redesigned and now shows a preview of each app’s entire window. There are rounded corners everywhere and users can easily edit and annotate screenshots. One of the biggest missing feature is Google’s digital wellness that allows Android users to limit their screen time. Google says it won’t be available until this fall. As always, Android P does not have an official name yet but there are reports of it being called Android Pistachio.