Google on Tuesday unveiled a lot more details about Android P, the next major update to its mobile operating system. While the developer preview was available for select devices some time ago, the search giant has now opened it up for public beta, while also expanding the number of devices for which the beta will be available.
Android P is the temporary name for the next Android version, following Android 8.0 Oreo. We won’t know what the “P” stands for until the final version is released likely in August.
Aside from the Pixels, seven phones from the likes of Nokia, Xiaomi, and Sony are eligible to install the beta build. The new OS update is running on these phones so quickly because of a joint effort between Google’s Project Treble and Qualcomm. Qualcomm said that they have worked closely with Google and have made Snapdragon 845, 660, and 636 Android P ready from the day one of Google I/O. The required drivers are already there in this chipsets to work smoothly with Android P.
Hence, these devices are currently able to run the update:
1. Nokia7 Plus
2. Sony Xperia XZ 2
3. OPPO R15 Pro
4. Vivo X21
5. OnePlus 6
6. Essential PH-1
7. and all Pixel devices.
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If you have one of these devices, here’s what you need to do:
1. Open the browser and visit Android Beta
2. Scroll down to eligible devices and select Opt-in.
3. Click OK to confirm your device has been registered for the OTA (over the air) update.
4. Your phone will get an update notification in the next few hours. You can also manually check for its availability via Settings About phone System Updates and check for any available updates.
5. When the update arrives, download and install it.
6. Follow the simple instruction screen after installing and you are good to go!
If you are facing any issues with the Beta update, you can also easily opt-out of the program. Simple visit the Android Beta website given above and select opt-out. Do keep in mind though, rolling back will completely reset your device and you’ll lose all your data.
Before installing the OTA update, it is also recommended you take a full backup of all your data. Not everything might work properly, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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