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How to get Android P on your Pixel

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It has been nearly 6 months since the launch of Android Oreo and reports are coming in now of a new developer preview of Android P. While it isn’t quite clear what exactly the P stands for, many have said seeing the shape of the P in the image that it could stand for peppermint. No one knows that if this is going to be called Android 9.0 or some other version of Android 8.0.

However, you need not worry. Chances are that you may not even get Android P in your device till perhaps the start of next year. This is because till now only about one percent of total Android devices actually have the Android Oreo update on their smartphone. The update has been increasingly difficult for developers trying to properly incorporate the features and security patches introduced by Google.

Pixel Owners Rejoice

Nonetheless, if you own a Pixel phone or a Pixel C tablet, you are in luck as you can try out the very first developer preview of Android P.

So how does one get the developers preview?

Google has given a good outline of the entire process in good detail on its developer site:

  • Just head over to the site and download the latest Developer Preview system image.
  • Then manually flash it to the Pixel device.
  • The process for flashing will also be explained in the process tab.

Something to note is that you would have to register as a developer to access the this service. Pixel users who have not yet signed up as the developers can go preview it, however, it will need getting used to as you’ll have to completely factory reset your phone.

Google will prompt you to back up all your data as factory reset will erase all your data. It is also worthwhile to note that you should only have the developer preview installed on one of your spare Pixel devices – since the software might be quite buggy and difficult to use. This is because developer previews are not error-free, and are rather given to the public to discover the shortcomings in software. It’s a ‘Preview’ after all.

Having to uninstall the preview is also a similar process:

  • The factory spec system image has to be downloaded from the Factory Images of the Nexus and the Pixel Devices page.
  • Then the image would be flashed manually as mentioned on Google’s page.

There are quite a few interesting things that Android P has such as:

  • Iris scanner
  • A display cutout for iPhone X-like notches, and
  • Some UI changes on the notification panel of the device.

We can expect Google to announce the Android P officially at Google’s I/O conference in May.  Let’s hope that the software is made available for more devices!