Google has released its timeline for the Developer Preview of Android P. Much like last year, the Android team is targeting Q3 for final release of the new platform, but before that happens, we’ll have five previews in total.
According to the graph, we can expect Preview 2 to launch in early May, right around the time Google I/O happens (May 8-10). After that, final APIs will be published in Preview 3, with Preview 4 appearing to follow shortly thereafter.
Once Preview 5 comes around, it should be as close to ready for the public as ever.
- Preview 1 (initial release, alpha)
- Preview 2 (incremental update, beta)
- Preview 3 (final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing, beta)
- Preview 4 (release candidate for testing)
- Preview 5 (release candidate for final testing)
- Final release to AOSP and ecosystem
Importantly for us non-developers, Google did not make Preview 1 available via the Android Beta system, but our hunch is that Preview 2 will have public beta access and OTA availability via this portal.