Google releases the first Android P alpha

In a somewhat unexpected move, Google released the Android P developer preview today. The alpha was rumored to be coming next week, but Google shocked us all with an unannounced launch today. The aloha comes ten months after the Android O beta was released in May of 2017.

So, who is eligible for the Android P preview? Owners of the Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL are eligible. You can head over to Google’s software hub to sign up for the program right now if you own one of these devices. There’s no public beta as of yet, so you must manually flash the beta as of right now. We expect to see several incarnations of the beta before its eventual release later this year.

So far in the preview, we’re seeing new support for notches, new quick reply options within notifications, more back-end developer options for autofill, new privacy features, and more. For a breakdown of the key features, and how they relate to you, be sure to read our post “What does Android P Developer Preview mean to you?