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Android P beta 3 is ready for just about anyone to download

03 July 2018, 03:29 | Jodi Jackson

Latest Android P Beta Takes Us Much Closer to the Final Release

The first Android P release candidate is now available

Google has started rolling out Android P beta 3 for users and developers.

The first chance to smoke out use of those interfaces before Android P debuts probably tips this release over into something of decent importance for many Android developers. Since we're closing in on Developer Preview 5 and the final release, not much has changed, but there are enough tweaks that we thought a video was necessary.

It follows Android P Beta 2, which Google released back at the beginning of June. As you might guess, therefore, there's a lot here for developers. Both devices are relatively bug-free, and we hope that this month's patch doesn't bring a few new ones with it. Among the system tools available here are multi-camera support, enhanced notifications, display cutout (notches for days) and ImageDecoder. There are also changes to Android's privacy restrictions. For now, you'll need a Pixel smartphone - either a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL - in order to join the beta. Those running the beta will get the app update, so the app will be tested on a variety of beta hardware. Now there are eight handsets that are officially taking part in Project Treble. Those devices include the Essential Phone, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6 and Sony Xperia XZ2. Given the nature of this "release candidate", many assumed that this beta would include Google's planned "Digital Wellbeing" features.

A theme throughout the main keynote, Digital Wellbeing was best showcased at the tail end of Android P's unveil. Still, with the number of pre-release betas dwindling ahead of the official launch, we won't have long to wait.

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