The first Android P release candidate is now available

The first Android P release candidate is now available

Today, Google released the third beta of Android P, saying that it is now very close to what we will see when the release is finalized later in the summer. Well, have we got some good news for you. "Beta 3 is an early release candidate build of Android with near-final system behaviors and the official Android P APIs (API level 28)", Google noted. "It's a great way to test your apps now to make sure they are ready before the final release", the company writes.

The Beta 3 is the first release candidate and is now only available for those with Pixel devices.

As Google says, the objective of the beta is really to allow developers to get their apps ready or the new features, while having the added benefit of a massive network of testers to help the firm stamp out flaws ahead of the public release.

With Project Treble, the Android beta program is available on more devices than in previous years. The Essential Phone is already joining the party. Today, it means support for multi-cameras, new phones with notched cut-outs at the top of the screen - a design Google itself is expected to adopt with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL - and enhanced notifications.

This update was supposed to take place at an indiscriminate point just before July, but we're now on the second day of the seventh month. For now, you'll need a Pixel smartphone - either a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL - in order to join the beta.

Previously, your only option was for Android to control which theme you used.

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