It’s finally here! Android 9.0, also known as Android P, is now available starting today in the form of the first Android P Developer Preview. This won’t give you the full Android P experience as it’s very much a work-in-progress (and won’t be fully unveiled until Google I/O), but for lucky owners of theGoogle Pixel, GooglePixel XL, Google Pixel 2, or Google Pixel 2 XL, you’ll be among the first users to see what Android P has to offer.
The update can only be installed via OTA files and factory images. Google will not be providing OTAs via its beta program for now. The instructions on how to install the OTA files or factory images can be found at the source link below the table, but if you haveMagisk and/orTWRP installed, then scroll down as we have atutorial on how to install the Android P update just for you!
Warning: if you are running anySubstratumthemes on your device, we strongly urge you to disable them before taking the Android 9.0 update. Those themes were designed forAndroid Oreo and may cause mismatches in the Android P release, so to ensure a smooth upgrade you should disable Substratum themes until the themer has a chance to update them. Seepart 3 of this post for instructions on how to disable a Substratum theme.
|Google Pixel||OPM1.171019.021 –> PPP1||PPP1|
|Google Pixel XL||OPM1.171019.021 –> PPP1||PPP1|
|Google Pixel 2||OPM1.171019.021 –> PPP1||PPP1|
|Google Pixel 2 XL||OPM1.171019.021 –> PPP1||PPP1|
Unfortunately, it appears that the GooglePixel C will not be receiving an Android P release, nor will theNexus 5X or 6P (though the Nexus devices were expected to not receive the update.)
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According to the official page, here is a short-list of what’s new in the first Developer Preview of Android 9.0
Thanks to the Android Open Source Project, it’s possible to take a glimpse at parts of what Google is working on for the next Android release. While most of the code for Android 9.0 is in Google’s internal gerrit, there have been some interesting things we’ve been able to discover from the public gerrit. Rather than rehash each and every finding, we’ll backlink all of the articles on features that are confirmed to be present in the first Developer Preview.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. As we install the Android 9.0 preview on our own devices, we will dig through it to find more interesting features to share with our readers.
If you are running Android 8.1 Oreo on yourGoogle Pixel, Google Pixel XL ,Google Pixel 2, orGoogle Pixel 2 XL and you are rooted with Magisk , then you may be wondering how you can update to Android 9.0 (Android P). Is it possible to accept the OTA update as a rooted user? Yes, but that depends on several factors. Have you ever modified anything in /system or /vendor? Do you have only Magisk installed and not TWRP? Do you have both Magisk installed and TWRP? Depending on your answer to these questions, it changes what you have to do quite a bit.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about the differences in any of the above scenarios if you update using a factory image. I personally always update my device using the latest factory image, and it’s the fool-proof method that accounts for all variations. You can even update without having to wipe your data so long as you are running stock Android 8.1 Oreo . If you are running a custom ROM, however, then you will have to wipe data—so just keep that in mind and back up the entire contents of /data including /data/media onto your PC before you proceed. Finally, you will also need to be sure that your machine has theADB/Fastboot binariesinstalled. We have a tutorial on how to do thathere.
Here are the steps you will need to follow to install the Android P Developer Preview 1 update:
Example: Google Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 Oreo March security patch factory image contents.
fastboot -w update” line. Remove the -w from this line and save the file. This will allow you to flash a factory image without wiping data. If you are running a custom ROM and want to update, then you must leave the -w in the command.
Example: Contents of flash-all.bat from the Android 8.1 Oreo March security update for the Google Pixel 2 XL.
flash-all.batand let it run. It will flash each partition one at a time. This will take a few minutes so let it run.
flash-all.shscript in a text editor and remove the -w from the “
fastboot -w update” line. Save the file. This allows you to flash the factory image without losing data. However, if you are running a custom ROM, then you must leave the -w in the command.
Example: Contents of flash-all.sh taken from the March security update for the Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.1 Oreo
flash-all.shscript, and make it executable by entering
chmod +755 flash-all.sh
./flash-all.shin terminal. It’ll take some time as each partition is overwritten, so just let it sit and do its thing.
Enjoy the first taste of Android 9.0 on your Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL thanks to the first Android P Developer Preview! If you are wondering what’s new in the update, stay tuned to ourAndroid P tag as we dive in to the release to find anything new in Android 9!