Google Rolls Out Android P Developer Preview 3

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Back in last month, the tech giant Google rolled out the second developer preview of the upcoming Android P at the Google I/O event. The company also made available the developer preview for the non-Google devices, which was really a welcome move by the company.

Well, today the company has rolled out the third developer preview of the Android P (Beta 2), and it removes all the roughs of the previous version. Having said that, the company claims that the latest preview features final APIs and the official SDK, as well as Play Store publishing for developers.

New features

The new developer builds loaded with the features such as a new time and date display design in the notification panel, a new weather notification on the Always-On Display, new Colors menu which will allow users to view an image in various colour modes, revamped emoji design and the company has added a new set of new emojis, the ‘Clear All’ button is now back, quick reply for bundled notifications, and the Downloads app being renamed back to the Files app.

Moreover, the company also says that the developers of the upcoming Android OS have added a new Security API in this developer preview which adds the Face and Iris scanner as well, the fingerprint authentication which already existed. The Machine Learning (ML) Kit brought MessagingStyle notifications that show users a thumbnail-like notification along with more actions, such as smart reply and also allows to attach photos and stickers. Moreover, there are the layout and UI tweaks to DND, Night Light, and Security have also added.

Apart from that, the company added a new multi-camera API which will allow access streams simultaneously from multiple physical cameras. With the devices of dual cameras, users can create features such as seamless zoom, bokeh, and stereo vision. Furthermore, the third developer preview (beta 2) added the Dynamics Processing API which will allow users to access multi-stage, multi-band dynamics processing effect to modify the audio which comes from an Android device and it also optimizes according to the preferences of the user.

Following are the devices which support Android P Beta update:

  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Essential PH1
  • OnePlus 6
  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Mi Mix 2s
  • OPPO R15 Pro
  • Vivo X21 UD
  • Vivo X21
  • Sony Xperia XZ2

How to get the update

Right now, the company is rolling out the update via OTA (to the Pixel devices). However, to receive the update you need to enroll in the beta program.  And if you can’t wait then you can download the factory images and OTA files (for Pixels).