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The first Android P release candidate is now available

Google has started rolling out Android P beta 3 for users and developers. Just like with the last Android P beta release, Essential is sending out the update on the same day. Since we're closing in on Developer Preview 5 and the final release, not much has changed, but there are enough tweaks that we thought a video was necessary.

"Android P Beta 3 includes the latest bug fixes and optimisations for stability and polish, together with the July 2018 security updates". As you might guess, therefore, there's a lot here for developers. Plenty of rumors have circulated about the sweet-themed release name - including Pumpkin Pie, Pistachio Ice Cream, Pancake, and Pop-Tart - but so far Google has remained tight-lipped about the final nomenclature. The final build of Android P is expected in August.

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Android P will bring support for the notch on the operating system, along with new features like smart notifications, a redesigned notifications shade, improvements to battery life, which will be driven by machine learning as well. Before that, you can actually test out a beta build of the software if you have a compatible smartphone. This imposes daily usage limits with Android providing "Nudges" when close to meeting the restriction. Those who are already running Beta 2, meanwhile, will get the update automatically.

There's not a lot in the way of new features within the new beta, which is available to registered Android developers and members of the public signed up for the beta programme. Still, with the number of pre-release betas dwindling ahead of the official launch, we won't have long to wait.

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