Google has just outed the first preview of Android P for developers to check compatibility of their apps with the next release. Android P a.k.a Android 9 is in alpha phase and highly unstable at this point. Alpha stage refers it may brick your device or cause lots of bugs. Google has taken certain steps to make OS compatible with trending notched display smartphones, improved notifications, security optimizations are carried out.
It is always advised to not try this release on your smartphone as it is in initial stage and can brick your handset. Google has confirmed that Android P will released for Pixel devices. Early preview of first release suggested several changes but they are not final and might not retain in final release and new features can be added with the time.
Google has also released the timeline for Android P, according to which alpha version i.e. Preview 1 is already out. Second preview or an incremental update, beta version is likely to launch in May, 2018. Beta update will be followed by third preview which will again be a beta version providing final APIs and official SDK and Play publishing in June, 2018. Fourth outing will be for testing and likely to be outed in June, 2018 again. Fifth preview, will again be for testing purposes and likely to release in July, 2018. Finally, sixth preview will be the final release of new android operating system, Android P (Android 9) which is expected to launch in Q3, 2018.
This is the official Android P release timeline
- Preview 1 (initial release, alpha)
- Preview 2 (incremental update, beta)
- Preview 3 (final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing, beta)
- Preview 4 (release candidate for testing)
- Preview 5 (release candidate for final testing)
- Final release to AOSP and ecosystem
Pixel users can download system images from Android Preview website for Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The name of Android P is not yet finalised, it can be named such as Pie, Peanut, Pumpkin Pie or Pecan.