The first Android P release candidate is now available


But Google's also described the beta as offering "near-final system behaviours and the official Android P APIs". We will keep you posted about the Android P Beta 3 OTA rollout.

Developer Preview 4 for Android P is officially here, and while it's not a drastic change over the previous version, there is one highlight feature worth pointing out - a manual dark mode.

As Google says, the goal of the beta is really to allow developers to get their apps ready or the new features, while having the added benefit of a massive network of testers to help the firm stamp out flaws ahead of the public release. However, users on the Android Beta program have to wait a bit longer as the updates aren't quite out yet.

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Android P beta 3 is rolling out today. Earlier in Android 8.1 Oreo, Google added this functionality, but it was limited to automatic- so if you set a white wallpaper, the navigation panel will turn White, and if you a set a wallpaper with a dark background, it turns dark.

Meanwhile, users can breakdown app usage with hourly and daily graphs that feature a quick shortcut to enable the App Timer. It looks like Google will only roll out this feature with the final build of Android.

The next major version of Android, Android 9.0, is slated to arrive sometime in Q3 2018. This is already confirmed from the settings in the public and developer beta. Today, it means support for multi-cameras, new phones with notched cut-outs at the top of the screen - a design Google itself is expected to adopt with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL - and enhanced notifications. Google Pixel, Pixel 2 series owners can get the Android P beta on their phones.