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Android P is so close we can taste it as Google outs final beta version

The final version of Android P is edging closer to release, Google says, after launching the final beta version of the software to developers and the public alike.

Android P Beta 4 is a release candidate build and is available to download today. Google says it includes ‘final system behaviours’ and official Android P APIs. There’s not a lot in the way of new features or changes here, but Google says there’s everything here developers need to prep their apps for the new update.

In a post on the developer blog, the VP of Android engineering, Dave Burke says the consumer launch is “coming soon.”

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He writes: “Android P is almost here! As we put the finishing touches on the new platform, today we’re bringing you Android P Beta 4.

“Beta 4 is the last preview milestone before we launch the official Android P platform later this summer. Take this opportunity to test your apps and publish updates, to make sure you offer a great experience for users transitioning to Android P!”

The launch of the last Android P beta earlier this month was “very close to what you’ll see in the final version.”

If you’re in the beta program, you’ll see the update become available own your Pixel handset from today. There are a number of devices from third-party manufacturers able to access the Android P beta and those devices will begin seeing the update in due course.

There’s no precise release date for Android P yet, but today’s news, combined with recent reports, suggest general availability will arrive this month. The operating system will support cut-out displays, multi-camera support, rethought notifications and lots, lots more.

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