Google today announced the second beta for Android P, the upcoming version of its mobile operating system. And for developers, this release marks the final version of the Android P APIs.
“Android P puts AI at the core of the operating system and focuses on intelligent and simple experiences,” Google VP Dave Burke explains. “Today we’re releasing Android P Beta 2, an update that includes the final Android P APIs, the latest system images, and updated developer tools to help you get ready for the consumer release coming later in the summer.”
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Google released the first Android P developer preview back in March and I installed that on my Pixel 2 XL using a fairly laborious process. And then the first beta followed in May, bringing gesture navigation and other new features.
For Beta 2, Google is focusing on some of the AI-driven functionality that ship in this release, like Adaptive Battery, App Actions, Slices, plus display cutout (e.g. “notch”) support, improved notifications, improved security, multi-camera support, improved audio features, and more.
If you’re already testing the Android P beta on your Pixel or other compatible devices, Google says you will soon get Beta 2 over-the-air (OTA). I’m not seeing it yet on my phone.