Google has now released the third beta version of Android P, which is in a final look at the Operating System before it’s completed later this summer. Google engineering VP Dave Burke calls the latest beta an “early release candidate build” that “takes us very close to what you’ll see in the final version of Android P.” It’s not clear that this beta includes any new features Burke only lists bug fixes and optimizations. It is the biggest deal for developers, since APIs and system behaviors in a close to final state, so they can start to test apps and rely on how they’ll work.
The new Android P Beta 3 update does not have anything major, apart from a few minor changes to the overall UI. The pill slider now controls the full length of the navigation bar as opposed to only the right half. The apps in the recent section seems to be larger than before, making it easier to interact with their live status.
The Android P beta 3 also have the dark theme mode and will now let users choose from Automatic (depending on wallpapers), Light and Dark. In light theme, the background of the notifications shade will turn white, while in dark theme, it has a black background. They are also changes to the User Interface of the notifications shade, the back button is now a back arrow, and there is a new volume bar for calls as well in the UI.
According to Google’s official timeline, the Android P release date is next month, and, right on time, you’re able to download Developer Preview 3 starting today.
Android P3 will bring support for the notch on the OS, along with new features like smart notifications, a redesigned notifications shade, improvements to battery life, will be driven by machine learning as well. Google Pixel series owners can get the Android P beta on their phones. However, Nexus phones will not be getting Android P.
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