A few days ago, we have reported that Google may release the upcoming Android P’s Developer Preview in Mid-March, and today, the giant has officially launched the Android P Developer Preview 1. Yes, the first Developer Preview of the upcoming Android update is officially released by Google.
The new Android P Developer Preview includes updated SDK with system images for the newly launched Google devices including the older ones such as Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL. It is also available for Android Emulator as well.
Google has started releasing the Developer Preview updates of their major Android update since for 3 years before their official I/O conferences. Before that, the company come up with their new Android update during the I/O conference with full version. But now, the giant is releasing Developer Preview updates in different phases for the testers and developers to test out the new version of the Android operating system.
If we talk about the previous updates, the first Android’s Developer Preview was released as Android N Developer Preview 1 for the Nougat update in March 2016. The other Android O Developer Preview 2 update was released in the year 2017 for the Android Oreo Operating system. Now, the giant has released new, Android P Developer Preview 1 for the upcoming Android’s Operating System. The original name of the update is still unknown.
In order to start using or we can say testing out the new Beta updates of the Android, the giant has started Android Beta Program. Once you sign up with this program, you would be able to receive new Beta updates for the Android Operating System over-the-air to your device. Yes, once registered, you would not have to worry about the updates as you can see the update as a push up notification to your device.
Google has made the first Android P Developer Preview update available for the respective Google devices for manual download for now. You can simply download the update’s image file and can manually install it to upgrade your device with this new Android P operating system.
The main aim behind releasing such Developer Previews is to let the users test out and explore the new Android’s operating system’s environment. The update lets you use APIs and APKs of various apps and will let you explore the new innovative features of the latest builds of Android’s Operating System.
If we talk about the final stable version, the company might launch the final stable Android P Operating System in the coming May month. The I/O 2018 is schedule on the coming May 8 to May 10 where they will announce their new hardware products along with the Android P operating system.
Since it’s just the first Developer Preview, it might not come with full list of its features and functions. The company will release more such previews just like the previous Oreo update to test out the new features with different phases. So yes, more Developer Previews for the Android P are on the way for your Google devices.
According to sources, the giant has scheduled total five Android P Developer Previews before the launch of its stable version for the Android devices. As per the sources, you can find out the expected release dates for these Previews of the Android P operating system. (source : VentureBeat)
- March: Preview 1 (initial release, alpha)
- May: Preview 2 (incremental update, beta)
- June: Preview 3 (final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing, beta)
- June: Preview 4 (release candidate for testing)
- July: Preview 5 (release candidate for final testing)
After completing this, the company will move on to the release of its stable version which is schedule on March 8 to March 10 during company’s Annual Developer Conference i.e. I/O 2018.
Furthermore, Google is now requesting all the developers to come up with their application which would be compatible with the new Android P Operating System so the future Android P running devices can test out their applications.
Google is also asking for proper feedbacks on the newly announced, Android P Developer Preview 1 from the testers and developers so that they can fix out the errors and bugs available on the beta build of the current Preview.
For more information regarding this Android P Developer Preview 1, you can head over to the official blogpost released by Google. You can get all the latest features and the process to manually flash this DP1 of Android P to your Android device.