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Android P beta program is up and running

The Android P Beta program isn't just for Pixel phones

We saw an early developer preview of Android P just a short while ago, and now the Android Beta program is back and in full swing.

Open for Pixel phones — including first generation Pixel and Pixel XL devices — you can try the next version of Android with just a click instead of unlocking bootloaders and flashing things and the headaches that can accompany it all. Be warned though, as Google clearly tells you the Beta Program is beta software. Meaning it can and will be broken and might be something you shouldn't use if you really need your phone.

Once you know and understand that, head over to the Android Beta program website and enroll your Pixel or Pixel 2, then strap in and enjoy the ride.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

26 Comments
  • Awesome !!! Signed up
  • Signed up!
  • Can anyone report if any apps are broken with the beta? I'm particularly curious if Google Pay works.
  • Say you make a Facebook post, someone comments, I can't comment on that comment. All I've noticed so far
  • Download now
  • What beta is this? I Installed P when it first got released a dnwent back to 8.1.
  • That was developer preview. this is an actual public beta test
  • Would you recommend moving to the P DP2 preview as a daily driver? Obviously I know there will be bugs, but for the most part, for basic apps like Twitter and messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, and Messages, would it be fairly smooth?
  • Not sure yet. So far so good, but this is Google. beta really means beta to Google
  • When I go to this site it still says that it's only available for Pixel phones. Anyone seeing anything different?
  • Ah nvm there's a different site : https://developer.android.com/preview/devices/
  • Site hasn't been updated yet. but Google was clear and announced the others and said available today
  • The Essential Ph-1 site has the Android P Beta, but only as a flash file. I will wait for their OTA version before installing. The question now is should I take the leap with my Pixel XL.
  • Looks like on the essential site they only have what they're calling a "developer preview". Same in Essential's tweets and email. Certainly doesn't feel the same as a beta. Not sure if that's coming or if this is what we should expect.
  • I'll try to find out. Sending emails is free and i'm good at spammin....er asking questions
  • Guess I better disable my Substratum overlays before I try this beta. Now I've gotta wait til tonight to sign up. Damn.
  • Does it fix the Bluetooth metadata issues introduced in O though?........ Not holding my breath but I sure damn hope so.
  • Not sure. I'll ask Ara to check it out and loop back in here.
  • Is this what you meant? https://www.reddit.com/r/GooglePixel/comments/7fvg4k/no_song_metadata_via_bluetooth_on_car_hud_with/?sort=new
  • Awesome, time to jump in on my non primary phone.
  • Welp, I updated to the beta, and for a split second saw the new navigation bar.
    But then it went away and came back with the Android O navigation bar, on Pixel 2 XL. Hmm
  • Exactly the same here. Odd
  • Well that makes me afraid to try the beta on my pixel 2 xl as it's my only phone. But it seems like there's a lot of new stuff and the nerd in me wants to play around with it 😩
  • Ahem. Is this what you're looking for?
  • Ok, I've got it. Go to settings>system>gestures and set swipe up on home button to ON. Voilà - new buttons :)
  • Does anyone know if Bluetooth is fixed in regards to having to cycle airplane mode to connect to BT devices often?