There's a new Android P Public Beta that is available on more than just Pixel devices. You'll also be able to install it on select devices from Nokia, Vivo, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Sony, Essential and Oppo, and can check which are compatible here.

Should I install Android P?

If you're curious, have a compatible device and are reasonably techy, then why not. You can get a good look at what's in store for Android, and if you don't like it or find it too buggy you can simply revert to your previous OS.

Before you begin you should take the necessary steps to ensure all your data is backed up.

How to install Android P Public Beta

Downloading Android P should be simple with Google's Android Beta Program. Any devices enrolled to the programme will receive OTA updates to the latest Android operating systems where available.

  1. Launch your web browser and visit g.co/androidbeta
  2. Scroll down to Eligible devices and click the blue ;Opt in' button next to your phone
  3. Agree to the T&Cs, then tap 'Join Beta'
  4. Click Ok to the confirmation that your device has been enrolled and that an OTA update will be available soon
  5. The OTA update notification can take up to 24 hours to arrive (and it will never arrive if you have previously manually flashed Android on to the device). If you don't get it, check your internet connection and visit Settings > About phone > System Updates and check for any available updates
  6. When the notification arrives tap Download and install
  7. In the next window you'll be told this will install a preview version of Android on your device. Check you are connected to Wi-Fi, then tap Download
  8. You can now install the Android Public Beta. Follow the on screen instructions to complete the process

How to uninstall Android Public Beta

Removing or uninstalling an Android Beta is as easy as is installing it. You simply head to the Android Beta Program page at g.co/androidbeta then tap the 'Opt out' button next to your device. Do note, however, that doing so will wipe all data on your device.

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