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Google Announces Timeline For Android P Development Preview

Google released the Android P Developer’s Preview announced for the Pixel devices yesterday, bringing 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.

A developer’s preview comes out in multiple versions, and Google is known to change its timeline for different versions. According to the timeline by Google itself, the second Android P developer’s 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 release, will come on an unnamed Q3 2018 date.

Android P Developer Preview timeline

Android P Developer Preview timeline | Photo Credit: Google

Each developer’s 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 us time to plan for the challenges in migrating to the new platform. The third preview will provide access to the final P APIs and SDK along with the new updated beta system images so that they can test its behavior and features.

At this stage, developers will also be able to publish their apps to the devices running Android P under the Android Beta program. This will allow customer feedback and point out the bugs before the final official launch. The final 4 and 5 developers’ previews will include the final API and near-final system images.

If you are a developer, proceed straight to the Android Developers Blog, make the necessary tweaking in your app, and prepare for the upcoming and unnamed Android P.

About Mrinmoy Choudhury

He is an experienced Journalist. He had been writing for several leading publications too. At DealNTech he covers the latest news of mobiles every day and always strives to provide quality content. He is also a web-designer and graphical designer. Email: [email protected]

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