Google today launched the first Android P beta. If you’re a developer, this is your second Android P preview, and you can start testing your apps against this release by downloading the new preview from developer.android.com/preview. The preview includes an updated SDK with system images for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and the official Android Emulator.
Google launched the first Android P developer preview in March but waited until May to have a bigger unveil at I/O. The first preview wasn’t made available via the Android Beta Program, which lets you access early Android builds via over-their-air updates, to emphasize that it’s for developers only and not intended for daily or consumer use. The beta, however, can be obtained now at android.com/beta.
In addition to Google’s Pixel devices, the Android P beta is also being made available today on the Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential PH‑1.
Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Android, made the announcement at Google’s I/O 2018 developer conference today. Burke discussed three themes for Android P: intelligence, simplicity, and digital well-being. He then went through Android P’s various new features, highlighting what’s new in today’s release and how it relates to each theme.
First up, intelligence. App Actions, which try to predict the next action the user wants to take, let developers make their app’s capabilities and content more accessible, so that users can tap into it at the right moment. Actions appear to users based on usage and…