Guess What.. Android users can now sign up for the Android P public beta program. This means that the early software can now be downloaded to your phone. You can try it out, and become one of the first to get it.
For the first time, Google has added support for products that aren’t part of the Nexus or Google Pixel devices. So that you can download the software early on your third-party Smartphone.
In case you have a Google device, it’ll have to be Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2 or Google Pixel 2 XL. It looks like Google has dropped the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P for this release.
Other phones from third-party makers that will be ready for the update are the Essential Phone, Nokia 7 Plus, Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Vivo X21 and the Oppo R15 Pro. Also, the OnePlus 6 will be able to run the beta after it’s released.
In this post, I’ll show you how you can sign up for the Android P beta and obtain the first release of the OS.
Acknowledge the risks
Please, ensure you back up your Android device before you download the beta software, and you should know that there are set to be little problems with this early version.
Have it in mind that you’ll encounter a few issues when you’re using the beta. That’s pretty much the whole point of the early software build. So reason carefully if it’s worth downloading the software.
Because some core features of your phone may not function depending on the release you have running on your device.
Check if you have a compatible device
After you’ve decided to download the software, you need to crosscheck if your phone will be compatible.
Click on this LINK, where you’ll find out if your device is eligible.
Also, you can sign up for the Android P Beta program there. If you’re already part of a previous Android beta program you’ll still be required to sign up for the Android P program. Because it’s a separate stuff.
Wait for it to finish updating
At this point, you’ll have to wait for your device to be updated. It doesn’t work in the same way as when you download an official version to your phone. This is because you won’t get a notification saying it’s done.
Rather, you’ll get an update in about 24 hours that will upgrade your device to the Android P beta and grant you access to all its new features.
To confirm if you’re running the updated software, just move to ‘settings’ of your phone, go to System, then About Phone and finally, Build Number. Those numbers should start with the letters PPP if it’s Android P.
If it says that, then congratulations! You’re one of the first people to run Android P OS on your device. Ensure you note any issues you had and report them to Google.
For this option, go to Settings > System > About Phone > Send feedback about this device. Or you post on the Google+ community built specifically for the reason.
That’s how you can get the latest Android OS on your device. #BeCareful