Google has just launched the latest version of its operating system, Android P, at Google I/O 2018 held in the Shoreline Amphiteatre. And unlike what happened with the previous Android Oreo, the Beta firmware of the new major OS version is available for a wide range of smartphones besides Pixel devices released by Google. This is possible thanks to the Project Treble support, which divides the OS into two frameworks: the core OS and the companies’ customizations. This makes it easy for OEMs to release new updates in a quick and organized way.
Besides the whole Google’s Pixel line-up composed of Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, you can also install Android P Beta on the following devices: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, Vivo X21 UD, Essential Phone PH-1, Sony Xperia XZ2 and the unreleased OnePlus 6. Currently, there are no other smartphones which support Android P Beta, we will inform you once we will know more about other supported devices. If you own one of the eligible devices, make sure to backup all your important data before proceeding, just in case something goes wrong. Further, ensure to have enough battery charge in order to avoid your phone turning off during the update process.
After you have made sure that you have a compatible device, open the browser on your PC and head to this link which will bring you to the official Android P Beta page. Then, click on the blue Sign In button and log in with the same Google account that you have registered in your device. Now, click the “Opt in” button which will show up near your eligible device, confirm and wait for some time.
Then, go to the Settings app on your phone and tap on System. Choose the Advanced tab and tap on System update. You will see the download button for Android P Beta which weighs about 1.2 GB. Download it and wait for it to install automatically. As soon as Google will release factory images, it will be possible to install the firmware even by flashing it manually. But for now, the above method remains the only one to get Android P Beta on supported devices.
Will you adhere to the beta testing phase and install it now or will you wait for the final update?