In March, Google had released the first developer preview of Android 9.0 P. Through the Google I/O 2018 event that began yesterday, Google confirmed the arrival of beta edition of Android P for smartphones from various brands like OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, Nokia (HMD Global, Essential and Sony.
In the previous years, Google used to release the beta builds of new Android version first to its Pixel/Nexus devices. However, starting with this year, the latest Android P beta build will be not only available for the existing Pixel phones, but also for devices from popular smartphone OEMs. Well, all these phones are Project Treble compatible devices because of which they are entitled to receive the Android P beta along with the Pixel phones.
Here is the list of smartphones for which the Android P beta is now available for download:
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- OnePlus 6
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S
- OPPO R15 Pro
- Vivo X21
- Vivo X21 UD
- Essential Phone
- Sony Xperia XZ2
In order to download the Android P beta, owners of the above phones are required to enroll in the respective beta program first. This can be done by visiting the following link. Yes, the above list contains the unreleased OnePlus 6. More details on Android P for OP6 is expected to surface on its launch date.
Android P is packed with plenty of new features such as Adaptive Battery that prioritizes battery consumption for frequently used apps and services; Adaptive Brightness that can remember the manually set brightness setting for specific lighting environment; Digital wellbeing features that shows how the device is being used by the user by providing a Dashboard to see the time spent in apps, unlocking of phone, checking notifications and so on. Some of the other features of the Android 9.0 P include manual screen rotation, gesture-based navigation, predicted actions and more.
As of this writing, there is no information on the release date of the final build of Android P. Also, the official name of Android 9.0 is yet to be disclosed. Like last year, the Android P may debut in August this year.