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  • March 16, 2018

Android Beta Program

Over the years, it’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, you’re on Android P and seeing what’s next for the platform.

Here’s how to get Android P right now:

  1. Go to the Android Beta Program site from any device
  2. Log into your Google account, and read the Android Beta Program’s description
  3. Find your phone listed in the “Your eligible devices”
  4. Hit “Enroll device”
  5. 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 you’ll need one of Google’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 doesn’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 isn’t worth the fun of trying a beta build.

Those of you without one of Google’s last two flagships will have to wait for your phone or tablet’s manufacturer to roll out the software update near the end of the year. It’s more likely, however, that Android P hits other devices throughout 2019. Google is working on streamlining software updates, but ultimately it’s up to partners to get active and fix Android’s fragmentation problem that doesn’t seem to be going away on its own.

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