11 June 2019
It was only a matter of time that the so-called rumour by Evan Blass regarding Android P would actually be confirmed. The first developer preview for Android P is now available by flashing the required factory images. If you have a look at the factory images, you’ll notice how support extends only to the Pixel devices while devices like the Nexus 5X and 6P are excluded from it. It appears that the company will be ending support for those devices which will only receive support in the form of security patches. Android Oreo is going to be the last that these devices see of Android. Unless custom ROMs based on Android P are released by developers.
Joining the Nexus devices is the Pixel C. Google has dropped support for that device as well in terms of upgrading the software to newer versions of Android. Well, it seems like Google is now focusing on its newer top of the line devices which actually isn’t a bad idea. Android P developer preview 1 brings with it a number of new features including changes to the quick settings panel, notifications, increased app security and even notch support. These are most of the facial changes which Android P will bring. However, since this is a developer preview build, it will be including a bunch of features for developers.
So, which devices can you install Android P developer preview 1 on? As of now, you can download the factory images and flash them on the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, and the Google Pixel 2 XL. Since this is only a developer preview, do bear in mind that it may not be stable enough to use on a daily basis.