Google unveiled a range of new features that are coming to the next version of its mobile operating system, Android P, injecting artificial intelligence into everything.
We still don’t know the final name of Android P, but from smart replies to smart battery management, enhanced privacy and attempts to cure smartphone addiction, a lot is changing for Android for the next year. Here are the all the main features as unveiled at its Google I/O developer conference on Tuesday.
Who Gets the Android P Beta?
In the past, Google’s restricted these early beta tests to its own devices (like the Pixel series), but this year that’s finally changed. You can get Android P on a wide-variety of devices, including the Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, Essential PH‑1, and the upcoming OnePlus 6. And also the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL.
How to Install the Beta
Setting up Android P on your smartphone is pretty easy. Just head to the Beta Program website and make sure you’re signed in to your Google account. Then click on “View your eligible devices” and hit the green Enroll button next to the phone you want to update. Finally, you’ll have to agree to some terms and conditions before you can confirm your decision.
At this point, Google will send a notification to your phone once the file is ready to install, but it could take up to 24 hours for that to happen. In the meantime, you should probably back up your device just in case something goes wrong or you want to switch back to to Android Oreo instead.
Once the update arrives, just tap on the notification and hit Download. From there, Google will walk you through the process. You should be testing out Android P in no time.