At Google I/O conference, the company has officially introduced the new Android P. The Android P developer beta version is now available. So, if you have a compatible Android device, then you can install it and experience the Android P right now.
Android P is the name for the next Android version, following Android Oreo. We currently don’t know what “P” stands for until its official release in August.
If you are eager to experience Android P right now, you can follow the step-by-step procedure to get the beta. Here’s what you should know.
Make Sure Your Phone Is Compatible
The bad news is that the Android P beta currently works with some certain phones. However, the good news is that Google has expanded the list of beta partner devices that can get Android P developer beta, which means there are more compatible smartphones from other OEMs. If you own one of these below phones, you’re set:
- Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel/Pixel XL
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- Essential Phone
- Nokia 7 Plus
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
- Oppo R15 Pro
- OnePlus 6
- Vivo X21
If you don’t have one of the listed above phones, then you have to wait until the official version of Android P is released.
Back Up Data
Since it’s still in the beta stage, there are some things working incorrectly, bugs and so on. Even when you intend to keep the Android P until its final release, you should also back up all the data on your phone in case something goes wrong. Make sure all your photos, contacts, and documents are backed up to a cloud service or saved in storage before proceeding.
Also read: Get Android P On Your Android Smartphones
Sign Your Device Up
Signing up for Android P beta version is very easy. All you need is visiting the Android developer page, and you can find the compatible phones from the list. Simply locate your model, and then select Get the beta option at the bottom of the description. You will be taken to a new separate page for your phone with instructions on signing up after every Get the beta option.
The Google Pixel phones are very simple since Google automatically detects any compatible phone on your account. After you’ve completed signing up for your Pixel, there will be a notification OTA that says System update available from the Android Beta Program. All you need is agreeing to install the update and you can then Android P in no time.
For other OEM smartphones, you’ll need to download the software and manually install the Android P beta on your phone. They’re slightly different. For example, if you are using Sony XZ2, you need the Xperia Companion software, whereas if you use Xiaomi Mi Mĩ 2X, it suggests the fastboot method to install the Android P ROM.
The process is not difficult if you carefully follow the instructions, but if there is any problem, you’ll need to return to Android Oreo yourself, so you should note that. The manufacturers don’t have any guarantees about it working perfectly, so always remember to back up everything before getting started.
Here are the direct links to the instructions of each device: