Google has released the Android P Beta into the wild - its best and most ambitious version in years. Unlike the Developer Preview, this is a more stable build that non-techies can enjoy. Here are the steps required.
For the past few months, die-hard Android users have been busy testing the Android P developer preview. While that already contains some great new features, the just-released beta update brings even more innovation to the table. We think it's going to be Google's most significant mobile operating system in years. Here are five new features you need to know about.
To get the Android P beta, you will need a compatible smartphone model (not all of which are sold in Australia.) Devices currently supported include the Pixel family (natch), the Sony Xperia XZ2, the Nokia 7 Plus and the Oppo R15 Pro.
Pixel owners can simply head to Google's Android Beta Program page and register your details. You should then receive a system update prompt on your Pixel phone. Download it and you're good to go!
Here's the full list of Android devices that are currently supported. Click on the links for step-by-step instructions!
- Pixel XL
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
- Essential Phone
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
- Nokia 7 Plus
- Oppo R15 Pro
- Vivo X21UD (scroll down for English version)
- Vivo X21 (scroll down for English version)
If you don't own one of the aforementioned phones, you can still check out what Androud P has to offer via an Android emulator. You can find detailed instructions here. (Note: installing a system image on a device removes all data from the device, so be sure to backup your data first!)