The Android P is almost here and the 3rd Beta of the upcoming Android version has been announced. This is going to be the Developer Preview 4 for people and comes with a bunch of new things. The current Beta 3 is available for phones such as Google Pixel, Pixel XL and Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The Android P Beta 3 will be pushed as an Over the Air or OTA update for people who are already on the Beta 2 version of the same. You can alternatively download the developer preview images from Google’s Android Beta page.
The new Beta 3 comes with a lot of fixes and patches to the last update and is available for you to test. Let us see how you can get enrolled and install it on your Pixel phones.
How to get Android P Beta 3 on your Google Pixel and Pixel 2 Devices?
First of all, you need to own a Google Pixel device and if you have any of the following devices, you will be eligible to use the Android P Beta 3.
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
If you have any of the above phones, you can follow the steps listed below.
- Head over to Google’s Android Beta page and sign into your Google account that is also active on your Pixel phone.
- Scroll down to Your Eligible Devices and click on Opt in for your phone.
- Follow the process and you will be provided with an OTA update to flash your phone with the Android P Beta 3.
You can also install the Android P Beta 3 using your computer but in order to do that, you will have to unlock your phone’s bootloader and it is a very complicated process. Just go ahead and install the beta using the above-mentioned method.
Other phones like the Essential PH-1, Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S will soon be provided with the Beta 3 so you can install it on them using the methods mentioned by these respective companies.
What’s new in the Android P Beta 3?
Coming to the updates and new additions, a lot of things have been added and changed from the last beta update.
New ‘back’ button in the navigation bar
The back button has been changed and now it looks like what you would see on Xiaomi devices with the MIUI firmware. Seems like Google wants its users to use gesture-based navigation and is slowly working towards making the onscreen or the physical buttons deprecated.
New rotation lock button
There is now a new rotation lock button in the navigation bar. The rotation lock was first introduced in the first beta and now Google has finally updated it with a new button. This will appear in the navigation bar.
Tweaks to Quick Settings panel
The Quick Settings panel has been updated with new icons and it looks better than it used to in the last beta update. The icons now have an outline to them and don’t mix up with the background of the panel.
Manual dark theme
Google has finally added a manual toggle for the dark mode with the Beta 2. You can find this option in the Display Settings under the Device theme category. This isn’t a full-fledged dark theme but it seems Google is working on bringing it to the final update.
‘App Actions’ now work on the first generation Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL
The App Actions has now finally been brought to the older Pixel devices with the new Beta 3 update. The App Actions will let you see the parts of an app that you use the most. The image you see above are parts of two different apps i.e. Slack and Trello.
Recent apps are now bigger when sliding through them
The recent apps screen has been changed and the apps in the recents screen are now bigger when you’re using the swiping gesture from the navigation home button. There is also more space between the apps on the screen so that you can easily slide between the apps.
Status bar icons are now smaller
The Status Bar icons are now smaller and this might have been done in order to make space for the notches that Android P is going to support natively. Now, is this a welcome addition or not, it is up to you to decide. I am indifferent to the notch personally.
Call volume is now separate in the settings
The Call volume now has a separate slider of its own in the settings so you can set it up as per your liking.
New icon for keyboard switcher
Instead of bringing down the notification drawer in order to switch to a different keyboard, you can now do it using the keyboard switcher button that appears on the navigation bar.
New icon for Battery Saver when activated
The Battery icon when the battery saver is on has been changed. It now has a battery icon with an orange outline of the battery icon.
New icons in the Settings
The Settings app comes with new icons instead of the plain icons that came in the last preview. The new icons are colorful and vibrant.
Always On Display now hides notifications too
The Always On Display on the Android P Beta 3 now hides new notifications when the phone is in DND or Do Not Disturb mode. This wasn’t the case in the last beta.
New animation when opening recents
There is a new animation when you open the navigation screen and the apps seem to bounce when opened in the recents screen.
New animation when switching to the last app
When switching to different apps using the recents screen, you will see that the apps open with a new animation.
So, these were the updates that the Android P Beta 3 brings to the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 devices. Many of these are good improvements and as the Android P Betas become more and more stable, the Android P update will become a reality very soon.