Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, says that Beta 3 is an early release candidate build that comes with Android’s near-final system behavior and brings a few updated build tools for developers.
Google has introduced the third beta of its upcoming Android P OS which brings with it the latest bug fixes and optimizations for stability and polish as well as the July 2018 security update. Developer APIs have already been finalized in a previous update, with Dave Burke, vice president of engineering, calling Beta 3 the closest version to “what you’ll see in the final version of Android P later this summer.”
The update is being introduced for eligible phones like Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Get Android P Beta 3 on Pixel devices by registering for the Android Beta program. If you have already registered and received Android P Beta 2 on your Pixel device, you will automatically receive updates to Beta 3. In the latest preview update, update the Beta 3 system image for Pixel devices and Android emulators, as well as the Android Studio build tool to include D8 as an independent tool.
Android Emulator mimics a variety of Android phones, tablets, Wear OS and Android TV devices on one computer. It comes with a predefined configuration for popular device types and can transfer data faster than a device connected via USB. Android Emulator provides almost all the capabilities of a real Android device.
The executive wrote, “Beta 3 is an early release candidate build of Android with almost the final system behavior and the official Android API (API level 28)”. With the Beta 3 system image and updated build tool, developers are now getting everything they need to test their applications or expand with Android P features like multi-camera support, display cutouts, advanced notifications, image decoder, textclassifier and more. During testing, developers are advised to confirm accounts for app standby buckets, privacy restrictions and restrictions on non-SDK interfaces.
In a previous release, the user interface of the app switcher was tweaked. Scrolling all the way to the left shows a ‘Clear All’ button for apps that weren’t included in previous updates, namely Developer Preview 1 and 2. The third preview did not include a clear all button in the app switcher Also, the animations in the app switcher are smoother and the app drawer is now more opaque. You can read the details of the previous update and Public Beta 2 Hands-On here.
But before you proceed with the test, a word of caution for those who are signing up for the Android beta program for the first time. With Android P Beta, you may encounter several bugs, and if you wish to unsubscribe from the program later, you will need a factory reset of your pixels. If Pixel in question is your primary phone, you may want to avoid enrolling yourself in the program. You can go to this link to get started. Also, the company has announced that the Android Engineering Team will host a Reddit AMA on r / androiddev to answer your technical questions about Android P from 11: 30-1 PM (20 July 12.30-1AM IST) on 19 July Pacific time.