The first Android P release candidate is now available

The first Android P release candidate is now available

Latest Android P Beta Takes Us Much Closer to the Final Release

Google has released the fourth Developer Preview (DP) of Android P for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. If you are an Android user looking to try out all the new Android P features, this may be a good time to try out the beta releases.

The update is very close to the final release coming "later this summer" says Android VP of Engineering, Dave Burke in the blog post announcing the release.

As for the new Android P beta, it's looking like Android P Beta 2, build PPR1.180610.030.

Developer Preview 4 for Android P is officially here, and while it's not a drastic change over the previous version, there is one highlight feature worth pointing out - a manual dark mode. While last year's Made by Google device launched with Android 8.0, it featured a number of exclusive features like bright/dark system theme, new Power menu, and translucent Pixel Launcher on the visual front.

The update is going out from today to Pixel devices as the third installment to the public beta schedule. It looks like Google will only roll out this feature with the final build of Android.

The update is available today for developers with access to a Pixel device.

That also means that if you're a developer, you can now submit apps that are targeted at Android P (API level 28) to the Google Play Store.

The next major version of Android, Android 9.0, is slated to arrive sometime in Q3 2018. Among the system tools available here are multi-camera support, enhanced notifications, display cutout (notches for days) and ImageDecoder. Those who are already running Beta 2, meanwhile, will get the update automatically.

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