Google has taken a step further in the completion of Android P by rolling out the final preview version today ahead of its public release. Android VO Dave Burke notes that this beta 4 (developer preview 5) build includes final system behaviors. So now, the gesture-based navigation id finalized in Android P. There is always a room for improvements and changes in a future update, but for now there are many things to reveal for what is in Android P.
Google did not mention any major bug or issue in beta 4 so, it should theoretically be stable enough to install and test out on your phone. One change in Android P has Google removed the microphone icon from the search bar at the bottom of the home screen. Some major visual and functional changes have been done in the operating system. Multitasking now shows a preview of each app’s entire window. Chances are that the quick shortcuts and settings menu will also get a design change. Much easier provisions to take screenshots and annotation.
Google’s digital wellness features like the app timers of the dashboard that breaks down your phone usage has not been included, neither in beat 4 nor it will make a place in the public release. The company said these features would come to Android this fall which likely means that they will debut with Pixel 3 and Android 9.1. Meanwhile, Android through the latest developer preview has released Android P APIs (API level 28), Google Play Services version 12.4.46. The release notes are made available on the Android’s Developers site.
Users who have Pixel devices – Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL can also have the Android P Beta 4 or Developer 5 preview. Users who have enrolled and received Android P Beta 2 on their Pixel devices will get the Beta 3 update automatically. However, users new to the beta programme can enroll in the Android Beta Programme to start testing the latest update. It is recommended to install the Android P Beta 3 on a secondary device as it may contain some serious bugs.