Google just started rolling out Android P Developer Preview 4 (Beta 3) around the world.
It’s available for the Pixel 2 and Pixel under the build number PPP4.180612.004. Other brands are participating in the Android Beta Program, and they’ll likely have Developer Preview 4 in the coming weeks.
The latest build puts Android P in the territory of being a release candidate. With that said, there should be fewer bugs than we’ve seen so far. Google says Android P Developer Preview 4 includes “bug fixes, optimizations for stability and polish, and the July 2018 security updates.” So we’ll have to dig through and see if any visual changes are in effect now.
As it currently stands, the look and feel of Android P should remain largely the same through its public release.
For those wondering, Developer Preview 4 was delayed by a few days. Google expected to begin rolling it out by the end of June. Since it’s only July 2, the delay is essentially meaningless. Plus, this is a beta. You want Google to take its sweet time perfecting the experience.
The software update ushering in Developer Preview 4 should appear within the next few hours if you’re enrolled in the Android Beta Program. The alternative is to manually install the files, which we don’t recommend unless you’re experienced.
Android P in its final, consumer-ready form is scheduled to arrive by the end of the summer. While you wait, check out our hands-on experience with the upcoming version of Android.