The new OS, named Android 9.0 Pie, will support display notches and give developers more freedom to harness dual cameras. There8217;s also improved ability to interact with messages from notifications and access to indoor positioning tech.
However, the biggest update revolves around the homescreen. You can find all the details in our Android Pie: Everything you need to know, but the short of it is that there are now plenty of gestures to help you navigate, plus a new section for keeping an eye of how much you use the phone.
The company is offering the download to both developers and the public, but it8217;s fair to say this version isn8217;t intended for daily or consumer use. We8217;d advise that you install it on a secondary device.
The easiest way to install and stay updated with the latest version of Android Pie is to enrol in the Android Beta Program. This is currently available for the range of Pixel devices, but further devices will be joining the list soon.
- First you8217;ll need to follow this link – Join the Android Beta Program – and sign in with the Google account you run on your phone.
- Scroll down and find the device you own and tap the 8216;Opt-in8217; button.
- Give it a few minutes and a prompt should appear in the notification panel. Tap this and it will begin to download and install.
There are other devices that support the beta too, including the OnePlus 6 and Sony Xperia XZ2. Each of these require a slightly different approach to the installation.
Once you8217;ve installed Android P on your device, it is possible to roll everything back if you8217;re not finding the software stable enough. Although simple, you8217;ll have to completely wipe the device – so remember to back up.
- From the Android Beta Portal page, there should now be an 8216;Opt-out8217; option that has replaced the 8216;Opt-in8217;
- Click this and another OTA download should appear, rolling you back to the latest version of Android Oreo.
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