During I/O 2018 keynote, Google announced Android P Beta which you can download and install on your Pixel 2 with the guide right ahead. The updated Beta program is now open for all public. Previously, there was only a Developer Preview which needed to be manually flashed. This time around, users can simply enroll their devices to Android Beta program and receive latest builds right on the device. However, if you are running custom software or are on the previous Android P Developer Preview firmware, our guide will show you how to manually update to Android P Beta — also referred to as Developer Preview 2. Seeing as Pixel 2 is quite new, most probably, the phone will remain on Google’s update list for at least the next two years. Immediately install Android P Beta (Developer Preview 2) on Google Pixel 2 smartphone with the steps ahead.
For users who already tried out the initial Android P Developer Preview, this new beta build shouldn’t be much different except for the fact that it will be more reliable and would carry less number of bugs. As for users who are jumping on from Android Oreo, the new Android P Beta for Pixel 2 does bring a whole host of changes which start from the User Interface and go till the very basic functionality of the OS. To try these changes out for yourself, install Android P Beta on your Pixel 2 with our guide ahead.
With our steps, we assume that you would be doing this procedure for the very first time hence we include tips and tricks as well as breaking larger steps into simpler parts. Right before we begin installing Android P Beta, do take a look at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android P factory image, your entire data will be wiped clean — like a brand new phone. As a Pixel 2 user, you have several options to choose from depending on how you want to store your data. These are the some of the tips given below that we want you to keep in mind and then proceed.
Google Pixel 2 Android P Beta Factory Image:
The major changes with Android P Beta are all in the inner workings. With this revision, Google is aiming to further strengthen the notification delivery process as the brand acknowledges that notification handling can still be improved.
Further, with AI integration booming, the company is taking steps to facilitate it further by introducing new APIs and frameworks. Also, the system is said to be much faster and efficient over the previous Android Oreo build.
Here is a brief look at the new features from Google:
- MessagingStyle and other notification updates
- ImageDecoder for bitmaps and drawables
- Data cost sensitivity in JobScheduler
- Display cutout APIs
- Dual Camera APIs
You wont be able to get this build pushed to your device as an update as this is a developer preview release. And for those who manually install this on their devices, will not receive future developer preview or final Android P update pushed directly to your phone.
Disclaimer: Try this on your own risk. We are not responsible if you mess up with your Pixel 2.
RELATED: Android P Beta is now also available for the Google Pixel 2 XL – Download Now!
Tutorial: Install Android P Beta on Pixel 2 Using Official Factory Image
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install the official Android P Beta on Pixel 2 using the factory image provided by Google. This tutorial is for beginners who are not used to playing around with official factory images by Google for their Nexus devices.
Please make sure your phone fulfills all the requirements and you read the entire tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.
You should go through these list of requirements and set of important points that you have to keep in mind before proceeding with the guide below:
- Make sure you have Pixel 2 USB drivers installed on your computer: Download Google Pixel 2 Drivers for Windows and Mac.
- Backup all your Google Pixel 2 data from the phone. Installing a factory image requires wiping clean your phone. Read: How to Backup Android Apps and Other Data.
- Make sure you have the latest ADB and Fastboot, or else download here: Download Android SDK Platform-Tools Package.
- Disable Substratum themes if you have them enabled on your Google Pixel 2. Substratum is only supported for Android Nougat and Oreo.
- Enjoy Android P on your device and let us know your review about it!
Step 1 – Download Android P Factory Image (walleye-ppp2.180412.013-factory-6406b348.zip) for Pixel 2 on your PC, if you haven’t already.
Step 2 – Connect your Pixel 2 to your computer using the USB cable.
Step 3 – Please make sure Fastboot is configured and properly installed on your computer. How? See here: How to Set Up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDK.
Step 4 – Turn OFF your phone.
Step 5 – Get into the Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on your phone. Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons till you see the Fastboot menu and START on top. Read: How to Boot into Fastboot Mode on Google Pixel 2.
Step 6 – Now extract the downloaded file anywhere in your computer. Go to the folder walleye-ppp1 and then copy/paste all the files to your Fastboot directory.
Note: If you followed our tutorial on setting up Fastboot on your computer, there is a 99% chance your Fastboot directory will be the platform-tools folder in your Android SDK directory.
Step 7 – From the factory image files in your Fastboot directory, do the following depending which OS you are on:
- On Windows: Run the file “flash-all.bat”.
- On Mac: Run the file “flash-all.sh” using Terminal.
- On Linux: Run the file “flash-all.sh”.
Step 8 – That’s pretty much that you had to do for flashing the stock factory image on your Pixel 2. Now wait and watch as the process is completed — or follow the on-screen instructions on your phone if in case you have to unlock the bootloader.
Step 9 – After the installation completes, the phone will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait with patience!
That’s it! Your Pixel 2 should now have the official Android P Beta software update installed on your phone using the stock factory image from Google! Go to Settings >About phone to verify.