Google released the Android P Developer’s Preview announced for the Pixel devices yesterday, and it brings an array of new features and tricks. The preview is given to allow developers to get a head start to make their apps compatible with the new Android P version before its official launch in Q3 of this year.
Now a developer’s preview comes out in multiple versions, and Google is known to change their timeline for different versions. According to the timeline by Google itself, the second Android P developers preview will be launched in May while the third and fourth will be launched in June and July respectively. The final developer’s preview along with the official released will come on an unnamed Q3 2018 date.
Android P Developer Preview timeline | Photo Credit: Google
Each developers preview will include SDK tools, preview system images, emulators, API references and API Diffs. They are the time according to the “key development milestone” that Google has laid out along with the timeline
- Preview 1 (initial release, alpha)
- Preview 2 (incremental update, beta)
- Preview 3 (final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing, beta)
- Preview 4 (release candidate for testing)
- Preview 5 (release candidate for final testing)
- Final release to AOSP and ecosystem
From the list, the first two milestones are aimed to give the developers a general sense of compatibility issues. This will give time to plan for the challenges in migrating to the new platform. The third preview will be giving access to the final P API’s and SDK along with the new updated beta system images so that they can test its behaviour and features.
At this stage, developers will also be able to publish their apps to the devices that will be running Android P under the Android Beta program. This will allow customer feedback and also point out the bugs before the final official launch. The final 4 and 5 developers preview will include the final API’s and near final system images.
If you are a developer, proceed straight to Android Developers Blog and make the necessary tweaking in your app and prepare for the upcoming and unnamed Android P.