Android P has begun its developer preview, meaning that it’s now available for developers, or those curious enough to check out some unfinished software. We’re guessing that you fit one of those two groups, right?
Just like 2017’s surprise announcement of Android Oreo, Google unveiled this year’s big upgrade a few months ahead of Google IO 2018, where it will dive deep into what to expect from the final release of P – except its name. What will ‘P’ stand for? We have a few ideas…
Based on our hands-on experience, detailed below, Android P appears to focus more on overhauling the visual design of the operating system than how it works, though leave it up to Google to still make countless changes and improvements in the coming months.
Looking to download Android P for yourself? You’ll need one of four phones currently supported: the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2 or Google Pixel 2 XL. More devices will support the software shortly after its final release, like the Google Pixel 3, but if you want beta access, going Google is the only option.
We’ll add new information to this article as we hear it, but while we wait for more official info nuggets to drop, we’ve also come up with a list of things we want from Android P, because as good as Android Oreo is there’s always room for more improvement.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next version of Android
- When is it out? Probably August 2018
- How much will it cost? It will be a free update
Android P release date
Google brought out the first developer preview of Android P in early March 2018. We expect the cadence of beta updates to hit every few months until the final version lands in August 2018, a year after Android Oreo landed.
Of course, it will be available first for the Google phones listed above, but it will also likely make its retail debut in the Google Pixel 3 nearing the year’s end.
Android P first impressions
After the trial and error that always comes with the delicate process of flashing a smartphone, we finally have Android P loaded onto a Google Pixel XL. It didn’t take long for us to notice a few small, but appreciable tweaks to the visuals from the initial setup screen.