Google has released the first developer preview of Android P, Google's latest version of Android. The preview was released only for developers, Google has announced. It means that regular users will have to wait for some more time to be able to download it.
However, the update is only for Google's Pixel range of smartphones which includes the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Pixel users who are not signed up as developers yet can also go ahead try the preview. Also, developers can download the Android Emulator to test their on a different device to test the applications.
On its developer site, Google has outlined the entire process of installing the operating system, in detail. After downloading the update, it has to be ensured that the bootloader on the smartphone is unlocked.
Before heading on to the process of flashing the update, Google does prompt users to create a backup of the phone since installing a system image on a device removes all data on it. The user can flash the system image onto the device, after creating a backup. Google has added a comprehensive guide to flashing the device if one is not too sure about how to go about it.
If the developer wants to uninstall the update, the process is not very difficult to implement. A factory spec system image of the Pixel device it was installed on needs to be downloaded from the Factory Images for Nexus and Pixel Devices page. After this, the image has to be flashed manually.