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Google releases the second beta of Android P

by Danny Zepeda | June 6, 2018June 6, 2018 11:41 am PST

Google on Wednesday released the second beta for Android P, just under a month after first releasing the first beta preview. The new beta continues to refine how Android P functions, tweaking some features while adding some completely new ones.

The second beta for Android P is also the third developer preview, which was first released back in March. Both developers and casual users can download the new beta—you just have to use a qualifying Android device, including the Pixel, Pixel 2, Essential Phone, OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5T, Nokia 7 Plus and Sony Xperia XZ2. In case you are interested, here’s how to install the beta.

Some of the key additions in the new beta include the final Android APIs, latest system images, updated developer tools and 157 new emojis.

These new additions join the long list of features Android P originally added, such as support for display notches, new swiping gestures, updated Quick Settings panels, new notification drawer and messages in notifications. Today’s update refines some of these features, like support for edge-to-edge displays, improved support for the notch and slightly tweaked functions with the multitasking menu.

Overall, the new beta is improving and refining the usability of Android P with an eye toward a public release in the fall. You can download the new Android P beta now.

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...