Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Essential Phone Also Picks Up New Android P Beta, July Security Patches

Essential Phone Also Picks Up New Android P Beta, July Security Patches

The Android P release date is next month, according to Google's official timeline, and, right on time, you're able to download Developer Preview 3 starting today. Given the nature of this "release candidate", many assumed that this beta would include Google's planned "Digital Wellbeing" features. The final build of Android P is expected in August. The Android maker has also released factory images and OTA zip files to help users manually install the fresh security patch on their respective devices.

As it stands, device theme changes the appearance of your app drawer, quick settings panel, folders, Google Feed page, the outline surrounding the Google Search bar and app shortcuts when viewing your recently opened apps, and the power menu/volume level popups. Meanwhile, Shush will automatically enter DND when a phone is turned over.

As Google says, the objective 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. This is an almost-final build that should be mostly stable.

The update is available today for developers with access to a Pixel device.

The Android P beta 3 also brings the dark mode theme and will now let users choose from Automatic (depending on wallpaper), Light and Dark. The list of devices that are compatible with the latest security patch includes Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. "It's a great way to test your apps now to make sure they are ready before the final release", the company writes.

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