Google is dropping the first beta of Android P today. And it has a huge surprise in store. Apart from offering the beta for its Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones, Google is also releasing the beta for flagship smartphones from other OEMs. This is the first time that Google has done something like this, and it has all been made possible due to Project Treble.
Android P Beta Program Available for Essential Phone, OnePlus 6, Mi Mix 2s, and other non-Pixel Smartphones
Google today detailed some of the new features that it would be a part of Android P. With the upcoming version of Android, Google is focusing on making your device smarter using AI while also making it simpler to use.
Google’s Android P beta program is now live. This means that if you own a Pixel or Pixel 2, you can enjoy the latest Developer Preview of Android P on your device by enrolling in the beta program.
Ahead of Google I/O later today, Google seems to have accidentally seeded the Developer Preview 2 of Android P to a Pixel 2 owner thereby spilling some of the goods it was to announce at its keynote today.
Google has redesigned the Settings menu with the last two releases of Android. With Android P, the company has not revamped the Settings app but has tweaked its design once again by adding more colors to it and making the UI elements circular.
Alongside releasing the first Developer Preview of Android P, Google also provided developers with an estimate of when future DP builds of the OS will land and when they should expect the final public version to be releasing. Google intends to release five preview builds of Android P before releasing the final version to AOSP and OEMs in Q3, 2018.
The support for notch display means Google has had to tweak a number of aspects of Android in Android P. Apart from essentially dividing the status bar into two, Google has also had to move the media/system volume overlay slider to the right.
With Android P, Google is adding native support for displays with notches as seen on the Essential Phone. Love it or hate it, the simple fact is that ever since Apple released the iPhone X with a notch, Android OEMs are in a rush to release phones with a notch display design.
Earlier today, Google released the first Developer Preview of Android P. Aimed mainly at developers, Google did release the factory and OTA images of the OS so that interested developers and users can manually install it on their compatible Pixel device.
Google today released the first Developer Preview of Android P. While leaks did point to the Android P DP being released this month, it was widely expected that Google would release it towards the middle of the month.