Some phones may still be waiting for an Android 8.0 Oreo update from their OEMs, but Google has just rolled out a ‘near-final’ beta version of Android P to selected smartphones. The fourth Android P preview (Beta 3) launched on July 2, 2018. It included the latest Android security patches and some bug fixes and minor tweaks.
However, it should be kept it mind that Pixel devices are always prioritized and are always the foremost devices to receive any updates from Google.
How to download Android P beta
If you are using a Pixel device, then you need not do much to get the Android P Beta, just go to the beta program site and sign-up for the update.
- Head to Android Beta program portal phone.
- Sign into the Google account associated with that phone.
- Scroll down to your eligible devices.
- Find the device you want to enroll in the Beta program and tap Opt-in.
- Follow the prompts to accept the over-the-air download.
If you dislike the update or are facing problems, you need to revisit the Android P Beta page and opt-out of the program. You will roll-back to your original Android Oreo. But make sure you take a backup of your data as your phone will be wiped clean with this roll-back.
OEM partners who’re taking part in the trial as part of Google’s Project Treble will update their devices to the new beta in the coming weeks. Those devices are Essential Phone, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ2, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21UD, Vivo X21 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.
We’re on the fourth Android P developer preview (beta 3), but there’s no guarantee all the devices listed here will receive every beta update. Look at the list below to see which Android P update beta releases are compatible with each phone.
Mere hours after Google rolled out the fourth Android P developer preview, Essential also announced that it would roll out the update to the Essential Phone.
Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus runs the third Android P developer preview (beta 2).
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 useless.
Oppo R15 Pro
No news from Oppo about new beta builds, so we can assume the R15 Pro runs the second Android P developer preview (beta 1).
- Download the Android P Beta Developer Preview upgrade firmware package and copy the upgrade firmware package to the phone storage; Version download link
- Version extraction password is (yoaq)
- Turn off the phone, press and “Hold the Power Button” and “Volume down button” to enter the Recovery mode, select the upgrade file, find the corresponding upgrade firmware package, and click “Install” to upgrade;
- Do not operate the mobile phone during the upgrade process. After the upgrade is complete, the “Installation Successful” box will pop up. Click the “Restart” button to successfully upgrade to the Android P Beta Developer Preview after the phone restarts.
Sony Xperia XZ2
The third Android P developer preview (beta 2) is available for the Xperia XZ2.
Vivo X21 and X21UD
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).
We’re still learning about everything Android P will offer, but the major changes focus on a simplified user interface, adaptive battery and brightness and pushing users to rethink how much they use their phones.