At the I/O 2018, Google had some surprising news, nothing like what they’ve done in the previous I/O events. It’s about the Android Developer Previews, which have been until now available only on a few types of phones from different companies. The Android P Developer Preview 3 is also known as Beta 2. It was released for Pixels this month.
The Android P Beta 2 will be available on a total of 11 devices: Google Pixel/XL, Google Pixel 2/XL, OnePlus 6, Essential PH-1, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Sony Xperia XZ2, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, and Vivo X21/UD.
It took a while, but the Nokia 7 Plus finally gets the Android P Beta 2. However, if you were waiting for an OTA, you should know that the Beta will only be available on Nokia’s website. Only there you can download the software build, and you’ll have to manually install it.
Here are some of the important notes on Nokia’s website on how to successfully install the Android P Developer Preview 3 on Nokia 7 Plus.
Installing Android P Developer Preview 3 on Nokia 7 Plus
To get access to the latest developer preview builds, you must be a registered app developer.
On Nokia’s website, they explain that neither Android P developer preview build nor the Oreo production image roll-back are available through over-the-air (OTA) delivery.
The software must be downloaded and then, the user must follow some steps in the “Manually install the developer preview” section, which will have to complete before flashing a device. Nokia’s Community Forum has more information and updates on this matter.
The latest developer preview only supports a few models of Nokia 7 Plus: TA-1046, TA-1055 and TA-1062 (except China builds). China builds are not supported at the moment.
You can check the device model and build number in your phone’s Settings -> System -> About Phone to see if it’s compatible. If your build number is “00WW”, you can install the latest developer build if the device model is supported. If the build number is “00CN”, then the phone is a China build (CN) and it has specific requirements that at the moment, the software cannot support.
The Build Might Have Stability and Performance Issues
You must also remember, that as with all Beta builds and most importantly developer preview builds, there can be some performance or stability issues. Developer preview builds are not intended for general use. Nokia’s website also adds that some Android P apps that already existed and were downloaded from Google Play Store, may not yet be fully supported and that they could await compliancy.