The past few Android developer betas have been exclusive to Google devices like the Nexus and Pixel series. Google has opened up the Google Android P developer beta, currently in Preview 2 status, to phones beyond the Pixels including specific devices from Sony, Xiaomi, Essential, Nokia, Oppo, OnePlus, and Vivo.
The smartphones that can sign up for the Android P developer beta are, of course, the Pixel 2/2XL and Pixel/Pixel XL, as well as the Essential Phone, Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21/21UD, and owners of the OnePlus 6 will be able to enroll soon.
Pixel and Pixel 2 users will have the easiest time signing up for the beta as all you have to do is head over to the Android Beta Program website, sign in with the Google account you’re using with your Pixel or Pixel 2 device, and sign up for pre-release access. After you’ve signed up, head over to the settings on your device, head down to the system menu and select the System Update link to check for updates and you should be on your way.
For other devices, the process is a bit different and will require some old school sideloading so if you’re not familiar with that process you may just want to skip checking out the preview altogether. We should also note that this is a developer beta and intended for developers to install and get used to and make sure their apps are working with the new version of Android for when it is released later this year. On that note, links to instructions for compatible devices can be accessed by clicking on your device below:
- Essential Phone
- Nokia 7
- OnePlus 6 (coming soon)
- Oppo R15 Pro
- Sony Experia XZ2
- Vivo X21/X21UD
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
For the most part, you’ll be on your own and shouldn’t expect customer support from your OEM if you have the developer preview installed. You won’t void your warranty but if you have issues then you’ll have to head to the internet to try and find a solution or flash your device back to Android 8 Oreo. As always, when updating to a new OS, you should always make sure your files are backed up before proceeding.
I’ve been running the Android P developer preview 2 for a couple days now on my Pixel 2 XL and it seems to be running pretty smoothly. The updates and changes coming to Android P including the updated launcher and notification handling is pretty fluid and I’ve been liking the new version a lot. Of course, being a developer preview, some of the functionality could change between now and over the next couple previews before the final release.
Have you been running the Android P developer beta on a non-Pixel device? How’d the installation process go? What do you think of Android P so far if you’ve been running it? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.