The next major version of Android, Android 9.0, is slated to arrive sometime in Q3 2018. Before that, you can actually test out a beta build of the software if you have a compatible smartphone.
Below, we’ll detail everything you need to know about the Android P update schedule, which devices are compatible with Android P, how to install Android P updates, and more.
Android beta releases have traditionally only been available for Google’s Pixel and Nexus phones, but that changed this year with Project Treble. Now the Android P beta is available for all of Google’s recent Pixel phones as well as 11 phones from other OEMs. The full list can be found below:
In addition, Nokia recently brought the Android P update (beta) to three of its other phones: the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7, and Nokia 8 Sirocco, though only in China. The beta test is quite small too, so odds are you won’t be able to test the Android P update on these phones unless Nokia opens up more slots.
There isn’t one catch-all method for installing the Android P update on your phone — it all depends on which phone you have. Luckily we have a handy guide for you!
The easiest way to install Android P is to enroll in the Android Beta Program. After just a few clicks, you’ll receive a software update on your phone to upgrade you to the latest Android P beta release. You’ll need a Pixel phone to enroll in the beta program though.
If you own another phone, you’ll want to check out the related guides below:
We’re currently on the third Android P developer preview (beta 2), but there’s no guarantee all the devices listed here will receive every beta update. Take a look at the list below to see which Android P update beta releases are compatible with each phone.
Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL
All four of Google’s Pixel phones can run the third Android P developer preview (beta 2). Since these are Google phones, they’ll continue to get new Android P builds first when they’re announced.
Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus currently runs the third Android P developer preview (beta 2). HMD Global was quick to release this new build after it accidentally rolled out a phone-breaking update to Nokia 7 Plus users’ devices.
OnePlus has rolled out the third Android P developer preview (beta 2) to the OnePlus 6. That’s a good thing too, as the first developer preview rendered our OnePlus 6 pretty useless.
Oppo R15 Pro
We haven’t heard any updates from Oppo about new beta builds, so we can assume the R15 Pro currently runs the second Android P developer preview (beta 1).
Sony Xperia XZ2
Vivo X21 and X21UD
The Vivo X21 and X21UD currently run the second Android P preview (beta 1).
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Xiaomi has been quiet about releasing new beta builds for the Mi Mix 2S, so we should assume it’s running the second Android P preview (beta 1).
Google released the first Android P developer preview on March 7, 2018. Following that alpha release, Google revealed the first Android P beta build (developer preview 2) at Google I/O 2018 on May 8, also announcing other OEM devices would be compatible with the Android P beta.
Finally, the third Android P preview (beta 2) released June 6, 2018. This build featured the final APIs and official SDK. You can see an overview of what each build will bring below:
As you can see from Google’s timeline, the fourth developer preview should arrive at the end of June, and the fifth should arrive at the end of July. The final Android P update release will come sometime at the beginning of Q3 2018.
That’s everything we know about the Android P update so far. Did we miss anything? Sound off in the comments!