Android P Developer Preview Overview Updated July 25, 2018

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Android P Developer Preview Stories July 25, 2018

With Developer Preview 5, Android P is getting closer to its consumer release later this summer. As a “release candidate for final testing,” many features are getting tweaked with Google noting that Beta 4 is the “last preview milestone before we launch the official Android P platform later this summer.” Be sure to follow our updating (reverse chronological) list of all the new features.

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How to sideload the Android P Developer Preview 5 OTA on Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

Google released the fifth developer preview for Android P today (otherwise known as Beta 3). While the update will be rolling out to Pixel owners signed up for the Android Beta Program, you can sideload it early if you’re feeling impatient. Here’s how…

The final Android P Developer Preview is rolling out today and brings the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system closer to a public launch. Developer Preview 5 is officially the “release candidate for final testing” and should be very similar to what consumers will install later this summer.

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Android P Developer Preview Stories July 5, 2018

With the second Android P Developer Preview, we saw Google redesign the overview menu and add in several neat features — one of which was text selection. After it didn’t show up for everyone in DP4, people reported its disappearance as a bug to Google.

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Android P Developer Preview Stories July 3, 2018

Android’s sharing menu has evolved throughout the years, but one of its most powerful additions came in Marshmallow with the arrival of “Direct Share.” In the latest release of Android P, though, that feature is being trimmed down a bit…

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Android P Developer Preview Stories July 2, 2018

As you may know (especially if you follow us here at 9to5Google), Google’s Developer Preview 2 — launched at I/O in May — came with it a new gesture-based navigation system. I haven’t had much positive to say about it, but Google at least appears to be continuing to tweak it… as it has today with Developer Preview 4.

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Android DP4 is rolling out today with Google noting that Beta 3 is “very close to what you’ll see in the final version of Android P.” This release candidate tweaks icons across the system to adopt the Google Material Theme.

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Android P DP4: You can now manually change system theme w/ dark or light colors

Android P is nearly complete, and today one of the last developer previews has gone live. As we dig in to see what’s new, we’ve already found one anticipated new addition – the ability to manually switch device themes.

With Developer Preview 4, Android P is getting closer to its consumer release later this year. As a “release candidate for testing,” many features are getting tweaked with Google noting that Beta 3 is “very close to what you’ll see in the final version of Android P.” Be sure to follow our updating (reverse chronological) list of all the new features.

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How to sideload the Android P Developer Preview 4 OTA on Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

The fourth Android P Developer Preview is now live, along with the OTA files for the update. If you’re on DP3 (otherwise known as Beta 2) and don’t want to wait for the update to eventually make its way to you, you can manually install it yourself. Here’s how…

How to manually install Android P Developer Preview 4 on Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

Slightly off schedule, Google has released the Android P Developer Preview 4 / Beta 3. We’re still digging into the update to see what’s new, but here’s how to manually install Android P DP4 on your Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL…

A little over three weeks after the previous update, Google is today rolling out Android P Developer Preview 4. This release candidate build includes the final APIs and near-final system images for developers to continue testing app compatibility.

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Android P Developer Preview Stories June 6, 2018

How to manually install Android P Developer Preview 3 on Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

Several weeks after Google unveiled the second Developer Preview, the company this morning released the third build. Developer Preview 3 includes a bunch of bug fixes, user experience improvements, and much more. Here’s how to manually install Android P DP3

Android P DP3: ‘Clear All’ button is back in multitasking menu

Android P’s beta changes up a lot of things we’ve had in Android over the years, but it also removes some fan favorite features. In the last preview users quickly noted that the “clear all” button was removed from multitasking, but now it’s back…

The latest developer preview of Android P is rolling out today with 157 new emoji. Android P DP3 includes entirely new characters, tweaks to existing ones, and more efforts to offer a range of diverse and inclusive designs.

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Android P DP3: Google Pixel 2’s color adjustment menu shows a new picture for reference

Google’s Pixel 2 smartphones are some of our favorite on the market, but display colors have not been their strong point. To remedy the muted display colors, Google introduced tuning options in the software. Now, in Android P, that option is getting a slight upgrade.

How to sideload the Android P Developer Preview 3 OTA file on Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

The third Android P Developer Preview is now live, along with the OTA files for the update. If you’re on DP2 (otherwise known as Beta 1) and don’t want to wait for the update to eventually make its way to you, you can manually install it yourself. Here’s how…

Android P Developer Preview 3 is rolling out this morning as the first update following the announcement of several marquee features at I/O 2018. We’re installing the factory images right now to explore the latter, but in the meantime catch up on all the new app features with our updating (reverse chronological) list below.

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Four weeks after entering the Android Beta Program at I/O 2018, the next developer preview of Android P is rolling out today. With this release, developers can begin testing and refining apps with the finalized P APIs and SDK. DP3 is available now to install via OTA or download for the Pixel and Pixel 2.

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Android P Developer Preview Stories May 20, 2018

The second Android P Developer Preview came out almost two weeks ago in the form of a public beta. But even though it’s a public, doesn’t necessarily mean you should be running it on your primary smartphone. Here are our thoughts on if it’s stable enough to run on your daily driver.

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Android P Developer Preview Stories May 13, 2018

Android P DP2: Pixel Launcher-like calendar events appearing for some on lockscreen, AOD

Android P introduces some nice features to the lockscreen that noticeably boosts the usefulness of the Pixel’s always-on display (AOD). In addition to DP2 testing the weather, Google is now experimenting with listing calendar appointments in a style similar to the Pixel Launcher.

Android P Developer Preview Stories May 10, 2018

After gesture navigation, Recents is likely the next biggest change to Android in P DP2. Redesigned with vertical, full-height app cards, the multitasking menu also loses the “Clear all” button. Fortunately, Android engineering lead Dave Burke reassured users today that it’s returning in a future beta.

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After a developer preview earlier this year gave us a peek, Google officially gave us the first look at what it has planned for Android’s next release at I/O 2018. We’ve spent the past day digging through the release to find out what’s new, and we’ve discovered quite a few new things. So, let’s take a closer look.

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Android P Developer Preview Stories May 9, 2018

How to use Android P’s new gesture navigation controls

By now, you know that Google introduced new gesture-based navigation controls on Android P DP2. But after turning them on, they can be a bit confusing. Here are several tricks and tips for using Android P’s new gesture controls.

Android P DP2: Weather appearing on lockscreen, always-on display for some users

Google announced a slew of major new features for Android P at yesterday’s I/O 2018 keynote. Developer Preview 2 equally included a number of design changes as led by the new gesture navigation and new Recents view. However, there was also a number of smaller tweaks, with one of them being weather on the lockscreen.

It seems like every time we get a new version of Android, we also get a new take on the quick settings menu as well. It’s evolved a lot over the years, but with the second Android P developer preview, Google is actually taking a step back…

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Android P DP2: Pixel Launcher has a new wallpaper/widget picker, adds popup menu for settings access

In previous versions of Android, when you held down on an empty portion of a homescreen, the Pixel Launcher would load a shelf with options for the Home settings, Widgets, and Wallpapers. That has changed with Android P DP2.

Google’s second release of Android P adds quite a lot of new features to the OS, but some of the best have been subtle changes that improve usability. In its second developer preview, Google has added a new shortcut for managing notifications.

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Android P Developer Preview Stories May 8, 2018

How to change the ringtone volume on Android P

With the release of Android P, Google refined the new volume slider’s UI that we first saw in the Developer Preview 1. The company also made it so that the phone’s volume rocker only changes media volume by default. Because of this, the process of adjusting the ring volume can be confusing. Here’s how it works.

Download Android P Developer Preview 2’s new default wallpaper

While most probably installed Android P through the Beta Program, users who cleanly flashed the firmware were met with a brand new default wallpaper.

Android P DP2: Lockscreen clock now shows while you input your PIN or pattern lock

There are a lot of subtle changes in Android P that improve it for the better, and as we noted back in the first developer preview, some of those are on the lockscreen. Now, Google is continually refining that in the Android P Beta.

Android P DP2 factory and OTA images for Pixel, Pixel 2 now available for download

Following the initial launch in March, Android P is hitting beta at Google I/O 2018. Developer Preview 2 includes a number of the new features announced earlier in the keynote and is the first version available as an OTA from the Android Beta Program.

Android P DP2: Google adds a new charging sound to the Pixel 2 and it’s glorious

In Android P, Google makes quite a few big changes, but there’s a subtle new tone which has been added in this version to the Pixel 2 XL when you plug in the charger and it’s fantastic.

Android P’s first developer preview introduced a lot of design changes instead of big new features, and one of the most notable design changes came in the form of a new volume slider. Now, in the Android P Beta release, Google is refining that design, and adding some new features.

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One of my favorite pieces of the first preview for Android P was the arrival of an official screenshot editor – finally! However, it was a bit underwhelming as the tool, well, had some big problems. Now in the second Android P build, Google has worked out the issues.

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Android P DP2: You can now see how terrible an Android phone with two notches would be

Android P focuses on delivering a lot of new things to Android, and we got a hint at Google’s bigger goals at I/O this week. However, back when the first developer preview landed, one of the big things Google was bringing to P was support for the notch. Now, Android P’s second preview supports two of them…

With the second Developer Preview of Android P, Google introduced a new horizontal recent apps menu that flows better with the gesture navigation controls. But with this, Google has removed the Clear All button and added several handy features.

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Android P brings a lot of noticeable changes to Google’s operating system, but one of the biggest is the arrival of gesture navigation. We’ve been talking about this one for a while, and since we were the first to show you what it looked like, let’s take a minute to look at the official version in action.

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How to enable gesture navigation controls on Android P Developer Preview

With the release of the Android P Beta Program, Google is officially letting users try out gesture-based navigation controls. But these aren’t enabled by default, so here’s how to turn them on.

How to enroll in the Android P Beta Program

At I/O 2018, Google announced that it would be rolling out the second Developer Preview build of Android P and along with it, the P Beta Program. Just like with Android Oreo’s Beta Program, you enroll in the program online and shortly after, Google will send an OTA update to your registered device. Here’s the how to enroll and unenroll in that program…

The first release of Android P in March focused on announcing new features specifically for developers. At I/O 2018, Google is detailing more user-facing features like Android P’s new gesture navigation, adaptive battery that uses AI to optimize usage, and digital wellbeing features. Intelligence, simplicity, digital wellbeing are the focus of this release.

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Google I/O starts in a couple of hours, and one of the things we expect the search giant to show off is the second Developer Preview of Android P. In usual fashion for these types of significant announcements, someone is claiming that they got their hands on the update before it was made official.

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Android P Developer Preview Stories March 9, 2018

Android P is full of lots and lots of small tweaks and redesigns that we’ve covered in-depth this week, but as the week closes out, let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest changes…

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Android P Developer Preview Stories March 8, 2018

Android P Developer Preview 1 brings new features and refinements to various settings. The Battery menu is one of them, with the Battery Saver no longer turning status and navigation bars bright orange. Meanwhile, users have much more control in determining when the feature automatically enables.

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Android P DP1: Native support for up to 5 simultaneously connected Bluetooth devices

Bluetooth’s functionality works hand-in-hand with software, and with Android P, Google is potentially bringing some big upgrades to this functionality.

Android P DP1: New “Lockdown” feature allows for temporarily increasing lockscreen security

Over the years, Android has added many ways to make it easier to securely unlock your phone. However, some argue that these features allow intruders easier access into your device. With Android P, Google is taking a step in the opposite direction by introducing an interesting countermeasure.

Android P DP1: Refined vibration controls in Settings

The latest major Android update is chock full of big changes, but sometimes the finer details are worth noting. Android P includes one such quality of life change with the ability to adjust vibration strength.

Android P Developer Preview Stories March 7, 2018

Android P is full of big changes, but it also has a ton of really handy minor tweaks. One that we just found out about tonight is the ability to rotate apps, even when auto-rotate is disabled.

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