The next major version of Android, Android 9.0, is slated to arrive sometime in Q3 2018. Before that, you can actually test out a beta build of the software if you have a compatible smartphone.
Below, we’ll detail everything you need to know about the Android P update schedule, which devices are compatible with Android P, how to install Android P updates, and more.
List of compatible devices
Android beta releases have traditionally only been available for Google’s Pixel and Nexus phones, but that changed this year with Project Treble. Now the Android P beta is available for all of Google’s recent Pixel phones as well as 11 phones from other OEMs. The full list can be found below:
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Essential Phone
- Nokia 7 Plus
- OnePlus 6
- Oppo R15 Pro
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- Vivo X21UD
- Vivo X21
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
In addition, Nokia recently brought the Android P update (beta) to three of its other phones: the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7, and Nokia 8 Sirocco, though only in China. The beta test is quite small too, so odds are you won’t be able to test the Android P update on these phones unless Nokia opens up more slots.
How to install Android P on your phone
There isn’t one catch-all method for installing the Android P update on your phone — it all depends on which phone you have. Luckily we have a handy guide for you!
The easiest way to install Android P is to enroll in the Android Beta Program. After just a few clicks, you’ll receive a software update on your phone to upgrade you to the latest Android P beta release. You’ll need a Pixel phone to enroll in the beta program though.
If you own another phone, you’ll want to check out the related guides below:
- How to install Android P beta on the Oppo R15 Pro
- How to install Android P beta on the Sony Xperia XZ2
- How to install Android P beta on the Vivo X21
- How to install Android P beta on the Essential Phone
- How to install Android P beta on the OnePlus 6
- How to install Android P beta on the Nokia 7 Plus
- How to install Android P beta on the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7, and Nokia 8 Sirocco
- How to install Android P beta on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Current Android P builds for each device
We’re currently on the fourth Android P developer preview (beta 3), but there’s no guarantee all the devices listed here will receive every beta update. Take a look at the list below to see which Android P update beta releases are compatible with each phone.
Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL
All four of Google’s Pixel phones can run the fourth Android P developer preview (beta 3). Since these are Google phones, they’ll continue to get new Android P builds first when they’re announced.
Mere hours after Google rolled out the fourth Android P developer preview, Essential also announced that it would begin rolling out the update to the Essential Phone. Other OEMs, pay attention! Check out our hands-on article to learn more.
Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus currently runs the fourth Android P developer preview (beta 3), with HMD Global once again at the front of the pack.
OnePlus has rolled out the third Android P developer preview (beta 3) to the OnePlus 6. The latest build includes a few third-party app compatibility fixes.
Oppo R15 Pro
We haven’t heard any updates from Oppo about new beta builds, so we can assume the R15 Pro currently runs the second Android P developer preview (beta 1).
Sony Xperia XZ2
Vivo X21 and X21UD
The Vivo X21 and X21UD currently run the second Android P preview (beta 1).
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).
Android P update release date and timeline
Google released the first Android P developer preview on March 7, 2018. Following that alpha release, Google revealed the first Android P beta build (developer preview 2) at Google I/O 2018 on May 8, also announcing other OEM devices would be compatible with the Android P beta.
The third Android P preview (beta 2) released June 6, 2018. This build featured the final APIs and official SDK.
Finally, the fourth Android P preview launched on July 2, 2018. It included the latest Android security patches as well as some bug fixes and minor tweaks.
You can see an overview of what each build will bring below:
- Preview 1 (initial release, alpha)
- Preview 2 (incremental update, beta)
- Preview 3 (final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing, beta)
- Preview 4 (release candidate for testing)
- Preview 5 (release candidate for final testing)
- Final release to AOSP and ecosystem
As you can see from Google’s timeline, the fifth developer preview should arrive at the end of July or early August. The final Android P update release will come sometime at the beginning of Q3 2018.
That’s everything we know about the Android P update so far. Did we miss anything? Sound off in the comments!