New Android P beta ‘very close’ to complete – here’s how to download it today

Are you among those smartphone fans patiently waiting for Android P to land in that software updates menu? Well, have we got some good news for you.

Google has released the latest Android P developer preview, which it says is very close to the final product due to arrive before autumn rolls around.

“Beta 3 now takes us very close to what you’ll see in the final version of Android P, due later this summer,” the firm said in a blog post on Monday.

There’s not a lot in the way of new features within the new beta, which is available to registered Android developers and members of the public signed up for the beta programme.

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“Android P Beta 3 includes the latest bug fixes and optimisations for stability and polish, together with the July 2018 security updates. It’s a great way to test your apps now to make sure they are ready before the final release,” the company writes.

As Google says, the purpose of the beta is really to allow developers to get their apps ready or the new features, while having the added benefit of a massive network of testers to help the firm stamp out flaws ahead of the public release.

How do download Android P

The Beta 3 is the first release candidate and is currently only available for those with Pixel devices. However, OEM partners who’re participating in the trial as part of Google’s Project Treble will be updating their devices to the new beta in the coming weeks. Those devices include the Essential Phone, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6 and Sony Xperia XZ2.

Provided you have a compatible device, you can sign up for the Android Beta Program here.

When it eventually arrives before the end of the summer, Android P will offer support for cut-out displays, multi-camera support, rethought notifications and lots, lots more.

The first phones to debut the operating system out of the box may arrive at the IFA expo at the beginning of September.

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