Android Beta Program
Over the years, itâ€™s become incredibly easy to test new releases on Android devices as long as you have Google-branded hardware. The company launched the Android Beta Program in 2016 as a direct way to enroll in its preview program.
All you do is visit the dedicated site, register your device, and grab an over-the-air update. Shortly after, youâ€™re on Android P and seeing whatâ€™s next for the platform.
Hereâ€™s how to get Android P right now:
- Go to the Android Beta Program site from any device
- Log into your Google account, and read the Android Beta Programâ€™s description
- Find yourÂ phone listed in the â€œYour eligible devicesâ€
- Hit â€œEnroll deviceâ€
- Within a few minutes, Google will push a software update to your phone
Disclaimer: Android P is not yet available on the Android Beta Program, but it should arrive sometime soon.
The only requirement is having a Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, or Pixel XL. Devices like the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Pixel C are no longer supported beyond security improvements. So youâ€™ll need one of Googleâ€™s more recent flagships to start tasting Android P now and even later this year.
It should be noted that, if you plan on reverting back to Android Oreo, all user data on the device will be wiped. Google doesnâ€™t allow anything to remain; therefore, please make sure anything important is backed up on an external device or in the cloud. Seriously, losing data permanently isnâ€™t worth the fun of trying a beta build.
Those of you without one of Googleâ€™s last two flagships will have to wait for your phone or tabletâ€™s manufacturer to roll out the software update near the end of the year. Itâ€™s more likely, however, that Android P hitsÂ other devices throughout 2019. Google is working on streamlining software updates, but ultimately itâ€™s up to partners to get active and fixÂ Androidâ€™s fragmentation problem that doesnâ€™t seem to be going away on its own.