Google I/O 2018 was filled with many exciting announcements, but the most exciting of all was arguably the ability to install the Android P beta on smartphones outside of Nexus and Pixel devices. While this won’t work on all phones, seven manufacturers have committed to support the beta. The supported phones include Essential Phone, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Sony’s Xperia XZ2.
If you’ve got a supported Nexus or Pixel device, all you have to do is sign up for the beta channel to automatically get an update pushed to your phone. If not, well the process is just a little more complicated.
Hang out as we take you through the process for the Sony Xperia XZ2!
Don’t miss: Android P beta hands-on
While many devices force you to unlock your bootlader and flash a new version of Android, Sony has worked to make the process a little bit easier with the Xperia Companion application. This is available for both Windows and macOS, and can be found here.
Once downloaded, proceed with the following process:
These next steps are actually fairly easy. Ensure that your device is powered off, then do the following:
At this point, you’ll just need to turn your device on and set your phone up like usual. This process will wipe your device, so you’ll have to re-download the apps you want or copy data from another device.
You should be good to go! Keep in mind that this is a developer preview so things might be a little buggy, and you might want to make a backup of your old device before you undergo the process.
Let us know what you think of the preview! Is it better or worse than Android Oreo?