Android P beta is now available for all: compatible devices and how to install it right now

Android P

Google’s annual developer conference is currently underway. At the Google I/O 2018 this year, the company announced some neat new features for its latest Android mobile operating system – Android P. One of my favourites is the improvements to Google Assistant and how it can make automatic calls to make appointments. Pretty cool. 

Now, the latest Android P beta is available for download and interestingly Google has extended its partner program to include phones from third-party manufacturers. Therefore, at the outset Android P is already available on phones made by Nokia, Xiaomi, Vivo, OPPO, OnePlus, and more. 

The silver lining in all of this is thanks to Google’s Project Treble, there is a high possibility that Android P will be rolled out faster to many smartphones across the world compared to its previous versions. 

Compatible devices

Currently, the list of compatible devices which can download the new Android P update are:

  1. Google Pixel
  2. Google Pixel XL
  3. Google Pixel 2
  4. Google Pixel 2 XL
  5. OnePlus 6 (not yet available; head to this article to read all we know about the device yet)
  6. Essential PH-1
  7. Sony Xperia XZ2
  8. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
  9. Nokia 7 Plus (review)
  10. OPPO R15 Pro
  11. Vivo X21

The Nokia 7 Plus supports Android P Beta

How to install Android P beta on your compatible device

Here’s the thing though, Android P Beta is clearly meant only for developers and installing it on your primary device is not advised. While Google has made it very easy to install Android P Beta, going back to the previous version will be difficult. Therefore, do it at your own peril. 

Step 1: Take a back up of your entire phone which includes contacts, important documents, photos and more. In case something goes wrong, you can switch rely on your backup to ensure you haven’t lost any important info. 
Step 2: Head over to the Android developer page. Hit on the Get the beta button under the information for your device. Sign up for the beta by following the on-screen instructions. 
Step 3: Patiently wait for the confirmation process to complete. It takes time. Patience is a virtue. 
Step 4: Your Android phone should receive a notification stating that your phone is ready to download the Android P Beta update. 
Step 5: The latest version of the Android operating system is now installed on your phone. Take a screenshot and put it up on all your social media accounts to show your friends how cool you really are. Okay, maybe don’t do that. 

We hope that our easy-to-understand guide helped you install Android P Beta on your phone. Let us know in the comments section below what you think about the new update. 

Ershad Kaleebullah

When Ershad isn't writing, he spends time killing virtual zombies on his PS4. Having worked with a slew of renowned publications like PCWorld, Channelworld, CIO, NDTV Gadgets (now Gadgets360), MySmartPrice, The Inquistr, and 91Mobiles, Ershad brings a whole world of experience to Mr. Phone. He is trying hard to convert all the team members into Apple fans but is facing a lot of resistance. Is anyone willing to help?