Two months after rolling out the Android P Developer Preview 1 for Pixel and Pixel 2 devices, Google has now released the first public beta build of the latest Android OS. Google announced the rollout of Android P Beta at I/O 2018. And unlike the previous years where the OS was only made available for Pixel and Nexus devices, Android P Beta is now available for select non-Pixel devices too, thanks to Project Treble.
Android P Beta comes with design tweaks and improvements to the overall interface, with camera API and security being the key focus. It also adds native support for ‘notch’ to allow OEMs embrace it on their smartphones. Google has also added new features in the form of Adaptive Battery that uses machine learning to optimize the battery life. The second is Adaptive Brightness that learns how you adjust brightness throughout the day, and then automatically tweaks the same. The Android navigation bar is now replaced with iPhone X-like gesture control support.
The beta version of Google’s latest Android OS is available for Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices. In terms of non-pixel devices, it is compatible with the new Sony Xperia XZ2, Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S, Oppo R15 Pro, Essential PH-1, Vivo X21 UD and Vivo X21. OnePlus has also confirmed that the upcoming OnePlus 6 smartphone will also support Android P.
How to get Android P Beta right now
If you own one of the above-mentioned devices, then head over to android.com/beta on your PC or smartphone browser.
Sign-in with your Google ID that you have used to login on your smartphone.
Once signed-in, you will see your compatible device mentioned with a button that says “opt in,” click on that.
After you get the confirmation of Android P Beta program, wait for some time and then go to Settings -> System -> Advanced -> System Update on your smartphone. If the update is available, just download and reboot your phone. The update is about 1.2GB in size, but may vary based on your device.
Once the installation is complete, your smartphone will boot to the new Android P Beta OS. The update will also be available to flash manually using factory images, but Google hasn’t released them yet. In case you had already installed the Android P Developer Preview 1, you will have to sign-up for Android P Beta using the above procedure and download the beta update.