Android P Beta 3 is rolling out now

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Today has been a big day for Android updates.

The update is very close to the final release coming "later this summer" says Android VP of Engineering, Dave Burke in the blog post announcing the release.

It follows Android P Beta 2, which Google released back at the beginning of June.


The first chance to smoke out use of those interfaces before Android P debuts probably tips this release over into something of decent importance for many Android developers. It looks like we all might finally get our wish - partially - when the stable version of Android P drops, but beta users can see the changes now in the latest Android P developer's preview.

Google has already finalized the new APIs for Android P, so developers can start building apps for Android P and even test them through Google Play.

The Android Developer Preview is available for Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, once enrolled in the Developer Preview Beta Channel which you can do by going here.


But in Android P beta 3, you can manually control the dark theme yourself regardless of your background. Given the nature of this "release candidate", many assumed that this beta would include Google's planned "Digital Wellbeing" features. This feature will let users keep a tab of their smartphone usage.

The next major version of Android, Android 9.0, is slated to arrive sometime in Q3 2018.

Android P will bring support for the notch on the operating system, along with new features like smart notifications, a redesigned notifications shade, improvements to battery life, which will be driven by machine learning as well. However, the settings pages and other elements of Android will not change.


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