Google has just decided to release the Android P developer preview beta 2. The devices that will be the first to get this update are (obviously) all made by Google. Here we are talking about the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and the Pixel 2 XL. Now, if you are desperate to test this beta update for yourself, then there are a couple of steps that you need to follow. First of all, you will have to enroll your Pixel device in the Android beta program by going to Google’s website. Here you will easily find the option to do it. If your Pixel has an unlocked bootloader, then you can also flash the factory image.
One of the first things that this second beta version includes is the final Android P APIs and an updated SDK. Now, before we go on any further, we would like to issue a small warning. If you are an average user of one of the Pixel devices that we previously mentioned then think twice about installing it. This beta preview version is mostly meant for developers, and most average users would find it quite buggy.
The biggest thing that a large number of users have pointed out is that this update can significantly influence the performance of your device. You may find yourself faced with an unresponsive screen from time to time and that moving through your phone may be quite slow. Now, some of you may complain about this, but it is only natural since it is a beta preview version, not the official one, and it requires a period of testing before all of the bugs can be taken care of. Another thing that we would like you to be aware of before you download this Android P version is that battery life may be severely affected and cut down. Moreover, NFC will probably not work at all and Bluetooth will also be a bit unstable.
Now, if you do not have a Pixel smartphone and would still like to download this beta version, then you will have to wait for a little. It has been long rumored that Google may release an Android P beta version for other phone brands as well. The list includes most of the flagship smartphones that have been released this year. Among them we can count the OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ2, Nokia 7 Plus, Vivo x21, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Oppo R15 Pro and Vivo X21 UD.