Google Releases Android P Beta 2

Posted on June 6, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 7 Comments

Google Releases Android P Beta 2

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.”

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.

Others can enroll their device in the Android Beta programYou can find a complete list of compatible devices on the Android P Beta website.


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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Google Releases Android P Beta 2”

  1. jdmp10

    Correction: This is Developer Preview 3, not Beta 2.

  2. dcdevito

    I hardly run Beta software, but I must say I'm enjoying Android P very much. I find it very fast and stable, and I've experienced an increase in battery life on my Pixel 2 XL. This is the first truly great Android experience I've had in 9 years (with the one exception of the occasional disconnect in Android Auto), I just hope Google doesn't screw the pooch to the finish line with a final release.

    • TraderGary

      In reply to dcdevito: This sounds good. I'm more than "hardly ever", I'm "never" as far as beta software. I depend on my devices to not have problems as I use them in my business so beta software is not an option for me. I also use a Pixel 2 XL and have since it was introduced some 8 months ago. My Pixel 2 XL is the best phone I've ever owned and that's saying a lot since I started with Windows phones. I'm very much looking forward to getting the Pixel 3 XL with Android P.

    • wright_is

      In reply to dcdevito:

      Interesting, how much better is the battery life? I already get 2 - 2.5 days out of my Mate 10 Pro, more battery life isn't really needed, but more efficient use could mean the next generation can have smaller batteries, again.

  3. F4IL

    Thankfully, they restored the clear-all button in the revamped multitasking view. For a beta, this release seems pretty solid.

  4. rmlounsbury

    I just got the update on my Pixel 2.

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