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Android P vs Android 8.0 Oreo Walkthrough: What’s New

Android P vs Android 8.0 Oreo Walkthrough: What’s New is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This detailed walkthrough will go over everything that’s new Google’s latest Android P software update for smartphones and tablets. We’ll show you what’s new, what changed, then compare those changes to Android 8.0 Oreo for owners. This way you’ll know exactly what to expect when the Android P release date rolls around later this year.

You’ll find tons of software and visual changes in Android P, and many of them are noticeable right away. A lot of what’s new is behind the scenes tweaks that will make a big difference for daily use. However, Android P looks a lot different in multiple areas. Some noteworthy additions include smarter bundled notifications, simpler settings, themes, new quick settings, and a revamped look and feel in a lot of places.

Read: Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android Nougat: What’s New

Google promises an experience that’s smarter, faster, easier to use and more powerful. Today, most users have Android 7.0 Nougat which debuted on August 22nd, 2016. Yes, we’re in 2018 and updates to Android 8.0 are just starting to arrive in the United States. You’re probably still waiting for Oreo, but here’s everything changing later this year with Android P.

Android P is a free software update for smartphones, tablets and other supported devices. Well, a free update once it’s available. We’re not expecting a release date until August or September of 2018, although the first Android P beta is available right now. Google does beta tests to help speed up the release of new software.

Currently, most Google Pixel and Nexus devices are enjoying Android 8.1 Oreo. Almost every other smartphone or tablet manufacturer is either just delivering Android 8.0, or still working on it. Meaning Google’s almost an entire update ahead of manufacturers. Google packed in a bunch of new features too, which users will want to take advantage of. Expect carriers and manufacturers to continue working hard on updates as 2018 continues. Then, we’ll officially get Android P in the fall.

It’s worth mentioning that any phone released with Android 8.0 Oreo should get a fast update to Android P. Faster than any prior software, as Google made big changes to speed up software updates. That’s an important aspect we’ll keep an eye on throughout the year and into 2019.

What’s New in Android P

Before we begin it’s important to know that this is an early developer preview of Android P. That means that while there’s plenty that’s new, stuff could change or end up drastically different later this year. Furthermore, Google’s only added a few of the many changes to the preview. When Android P gets released in August or September there will be a ton of changes, a lot more than we’re showing you today.

Expect Google to unveil more features and changes at Google I/O in May, and with the second and third preview of Android P. Basically, they’re saving all the big surprises for later. Right now it’s all subtle tweaks or visual changes that improve the experience over Android Oreo.

Still, we’re seeing support for a “notch” in the display like the iPhone X. This is because a lot of upcoming phones will copy Apple’s iPhone design. Google also added a new multi-camera API for all the dual-rear camera smartphones. You’ll also notice auto-fill improvements, better fingerprint scanner support, smarter notifications, user interface tweaks, a revamped settings menu with colorful notifications, and other changes.

A big feature in Android P is “background app privacy”. This essentially cuts off access to the camera and microphone from apps running in the background. It’s one more way to ensure a users privacy. We received new power efficiency tweaks, a vertical on-screen volume toolbar, and a quick screenshot button when you tap volume up or down.

There’s also a brand new “markup” photo and screenshot editor built into Android P. The redesigned quick settings icons, notifications, settings menu, and always-on display are what you’ll notice first. You’ll even see a battery percentage meter on the bottom of your screen, even when it’s turned off.

Android P vs Android 8.0 Oreo Walkthrough

In this popular series, we take screenshots of the last two versions of Android and compare them for potential users or those waiting for the upgrade. Click through the slideshow below to learn and see all about Google’s upcoming update. While you’re here, drop us a comment about what you think Google will name Android P. I’m guessing Peanut Butter, Popsicle, or Pancake.

Android P screenshots are on the left, or alone, while Android 8.0 Oreo is on the right. Click any image below to jump to that slide.

Redesigned Quick Settings Menu

Redesigned Quick Settings Menu

There are a lot of changes to Android P, but the one you'll probably notice first is the redesigned Quick Settings menu in the notification pulldown bar. Basically, when you swipe down from the top to quickly access WiFi, Bluetooth, or to head to the settings menu. 

As you can see above, Google completely overhauled this entire area. The clock is on the left instead of the right, and everything is rounded. It looks a bit like Samsung's interface on Galaxy phones, to be honest. 

The left is Android P while the right is Android 8.1 Oreo. Google rounded all of the icons, rounded notifications, and added some color to each quick setting. You'll notice later that these completely change to a different color based on your background wallpaper image. It's like built-in automatic themes. 

Android P vs Android 8.0 Oreo Walkthrough: What’s New is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Android P Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

Android P Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The first Android P Developer Preview is causing problems for some Pixel and Pixel 2 users and today we want to take you through what you need to know about these early Android P problems.

Google’s released an Android P beta ahead of the update’s official release for Pixel devices in the third quarter of the year. The company’s Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X aren’t included in beta testing and neither device will get Android P when it officially touches down.

The company’s Android P Developer Preview gives Pixel users a chance to try the operating system’s new features ahead of the public release and it also helps Google squash bugs before the software ships out to thousands of people around the world.

The Android P Developer Preview is exciting, but like most betas, it’s plagued with a variety of problems. Some of these issues are minor bugs, others are far more problematic.

If you’re thinking about trying Android P ahead of its official release, you should be familiar with these issues before you install. This way you won’t be caught off guard if and when something goes wrong.

If you’re already testing Android P on your device you should be keeping an eye out for problems and reporting what you see to Google so it can improve the final product.

In this guide we’ll take you through these early Android P problems, provide you with potential fixes, show you where to find Android P feedback, show you how to report bugs, and tell you about what’s coming next for Android P users.

Android P Problems

The first Android P Developer Preview is suffering from a variety of issues including bugs and various performance issues. Google’s highlighted several of these.

According to Google, system and app performance on Android P can be “periodically slow and janky” and devices “may become occasionally unresponsive.” The company says these issues might become more acute with prolonged use.

Google says Android P battery life “may be regressed in this early release for screen-on and screen-off use cases”. It also says some apps (including its own) may not function normally on Developer Preview 1. This is precisely why some people should stay put on Android Oreo.

Other known Android P problems include:

System UI

  • The Google Assistant doesn’t recognize the “Ok Google” hotword if it’s trained during setup. By retraining the Google Assistant after finishing the setup workflow, however, you can then use the hotword.
  • The Google Assistant doesn’t load any information for the “What’s on my screen” query.
  • The following issues occur after selecting a simulated device cutout (Settings > System > Developer options > Drawing > Simulate a display with a cutout):
    • Popup windows, those that have set the FLAG_LAYOUT_NO_LIMITS parameter, extend under the cutout.
    • In landscape mode, the status bar takes up too much vertical space near the top edge of the device.
    • In landscape mode, the system reports too high a value for the width of the window that an app can use to display its UI.
    • If a window overlaps with the area next to the cutout, but not with the cutout itself, DisplayCutout is set to null.
  • If the Google Assistant is launched after docking multiple apps in split-screen mode, pressing the Home button doesn’t display the complete home screen.
    • When recording a new pattern for unlocking the device, the system only shows the first few segments of the pattern.
    • When the Autofill UI is shown for an app and the app is killed, the UI might remain shown until the device is restarted.
    • When viewing the All Apps screen, the Wallpapers, Widgets, and Home Settings buttons each appear in white near the bottom of the screen.


    • Zero-touch enrollment, when provisioning a device, incorrectly shows an error dialog stating the device is already set up.
    • The system spell checker isn’t available to apps in the work profile which means misspelled words aren’t highlighted.
    • The DISALLOW_SHARE_INTO_MANAGED_PROFILE user restriction doesn’t prevent a device user from pasting clipboard data into a work profile.
    • After tapping the Back button from apps running in LockTask mode, a device user might return to the launcher.
    • The Google Apps Device Policy app doesn’t complete provisioning of a device or work profile when setting a corporate account in the Setup Wizard. The device user returns to the Setup Wizard after provisioning. As a workaround, device users can provision a work profile by adding an account in the Settings app.
    • Work apps’ badges are rendered incorrectly intermittently.
    • In Quick Settings, the “Device is managed by your organization” disclosure is obscured by the carrier name.


We’ve also heard about Android P installation issues, lockups and freezes, sound problems, issues with fingerprint sensors, and various connectivity (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS) problems.

How to Report Android P Problems

If you do see an Android P problem on your Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL you’ll want to report the issue to Google . Your feedback will help the company identify and fix issues, and help add polish to the final release. There are a few different ways to send feedback about Android P.

  • If you find an issue in the Android platform or APIs, NDK, Android runtime (ART), device hardware, or support libraries, you can send Google your feedback right here.
  • If you discover an app that’s not working properly with Android P you’ll want to report your issue right here.
  • And if you find an issue with a third-party SDK, you can report the issue here.

You can also track the status of Android P issues using the newly upgraded the Developer Preview issue tracker. This is the same tracker tool Google uses.

How to Fix Android P Problems

If you run into Android P issues you can’t rely on Google to fix your problems. Beta updates won’t come every week and the next release will probably bring its own collection of bugs.

If you decide to try Android P you’ll need to be extremely proactive when it comes to fixing issues. Fortunately, there are a ton of resources out there.

Our broad list of fixes for the most common Nexus Android issues is a great place to start if you’re struggling on the beta. We’ve also put together more specific guides to fixing Pixel and Pixel 2 issues.

Our guides will show you how to fix bad battery life, issues with Wi-Fi, problems with Bluetooth, random reboots, and many other issues.

If you’re unable to find a fix for your problem there, and there’s no guarantee you will, you’ll want to take a look at Google’s Pixel help forum. XDA’s Pixel and Pixel 2 forums are also excellent resources.

Where to Find Android P Feedback

If you rely on your phone for work or school projects and communication, you’ll definitely want to consider staying put on Android 8.1.

There are some benefits to installing Android P right now, but many Pixel users are better of on official software. At least for now. Google will improve Android P over time so it might be worth it to wait a few more weeks for the second or third preview to arrive.

To assist you we’ve put together a guide that will take you through the best reasons to, and not to, install Android P on your Pixel or Pixel 2.

As we push away from the Android P release date, you’ll want to monitor feedback from Android P users. We’re seeing feedback emerge on social media sites like Twitter and YouTube and We’re also it on Google’s Pixel Help ForumsXDA-Developers, and Android-centric forums like Android Central Forums.

Short-term feedback can be extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from Android P users if you’re on the fence about installing the early software.

What’s Next

Google’s release an official Android P release timeline and it’ll be a few weeks before the company rolls out the second Developer Preview with bug fixes for some of these early issues.

The second beta is slated to arrive sometime in early May. After that, Google will ramp things up with two developer previews (three and four) set for June. The fourth Android P beta will be the first release candidate.

The fifth developer preview will arrive sometime in July or August followed by an official release in Q3.

Each of these previews will come with its own set of issues, but expect the later versions of Android P to be far more polished than these early builds.

7 Things to Know About the March Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Update

March Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Oreo Impressions

March Nexus 5X Android 8.1 Oreo Impressions

Before we get into an early look at the update's performance on the Nexus 5X, a few notes about the installation process. 

If you're currently running the Android 8.1, and we assume most of you are, it shouldn't take you too long to transition from an older Android 8.1 build to this one. 

It took us just a few minutes to download and sideload the software onto our Nexus 5X. 

We've been using the March Android 8.1 Oreo on the Nexus 5X for a few days now and the update is performing well in key areas including battery life, connectivity, and UI speed. 

Battery drain is a common Android problem, but we haven't noticed anything on our Nexus 5X. Battery life is about the same as it was on the last build. 

If you do start to encounter battery life issues, take a look at our guide to fixing bad Android Oreo battery life.

We've been able to connect the Nexus 5X to multiple routers including eero mesh Wi-Fi. Speeds are fast and reliable. We've also successfully connected the Nexus 5X to several Bluetooth devices including headphones and speakers. 

The Nexus 5X feels snappy with the new Android 8.1 build on board. It's still early, but animations and transitions are smooth and we haven't experienced any lag or general sluggishness. 

So far so good. That said, if you're feeling leery, you probably should wait for the OTA. If you're feeling especially nervous, wait for long-term feedback to arrive.

Android P Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

4 Reasons to Install the Pixel Android P Update & 4 Reasons You Shouldn’t

4 Reasons to Install the Pixel Android P Update & 4 Reasons You Shouldn’t is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Google just unleashed the Android P Developer Preview and its a tempting update for Pixel and Pixel 2 users. While there are certainly some exciting changes or new features, there are also reasons to avoid trying the Android 9.0 P preview on the Google Pixel.

The latest official software for Pixel phones is Android 8.1 Oreo. However, in an effort to test and improve what’s coming next, Google is ready to let users try Android P. This is the first developer preview, and it’s not even available in the beta program yet.

Read: How to Install Android P Right Now

For Android P, Google’s only giving access to those with a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL. Meaning you can’t try it on any Nexus devices. With that all said, we’ll be sharing details on the Pixel and Pixel 2 update and if it’s worth installing. If you’re considering trying the Android P preview read on for some of the benefits and downsides.

While Android 8.1 Oreo and even the original Android 8.0 release were mainly small maintenance releases, P is a lot more. We’re seeing major changes to the look and feel of the notification bar, quick settings, the entire settings menu, and other areas. That’s in addition to tons of behind the scenes changes Google will unveil in the coming weeks and months.

This is the next big update for your Android smartphone or tablet. So far we’re calling it Android P, but it’ll likely arrive as Android 9.0 P-named dessert in August or September.

Before you instantly jump at the chance to download Android P for your Pixel, keep in mind that this is still very early software. It’s the first preview, and so early that Google’s calling it “alpha 1”. That means things are likely broken, features missing, and it’s incomplete. It’s a developer preview, for developers, and not for your daily device.

Read: Everything You Need to Know About Android P So Far

Today though, Android P is still pretty promising. You’ll like the new look of notifications, and all the smart controls and in-line replies or images. You can see images and stickers inside of the notification bar from messaging apps, along with the instant smart reply. There are even more dynamic icons, improved auto-fill, and this is just the beginning. There’s a new built-in editing tool, screenshot button in the volume controls, and a much different look to the app shortcuts in the notification shade.

If you dare, you’ll enjoy some of these new changes and controls on your Pixel or Pixel 2. Not to mention potential fixes for a wide array of Pixel problems. Considering this is an early developer preview and new software, it is not the most stable version of Android available. In fact, Google themselves warned users about bugs and states it is not ready for daily use.

Installing the Android P developer preview has its benefits but there are also downsides to using early software and we want to discuss those here. It’s not even available in the beta program yet, so that should give you an idea of what to expect. This list of reasons should help you decide if it is worth trying the Google Pixel Android P update today.

Install Android P If You Like Living on the Edge

Install Android P If You Like Living on the Edge

Google's developer preview betas are exactly that, an early developer preview. They aren't intended for anyone and everyone. Even though anyone that wants to try it can.

In fact, Pixel owners will run into bugs, there's no question about that. Google themselves confirmed more than a few are present in the software when they called it an alpha 1 release. I have it on my Pixel XL and Pixel 2, and it seems pretty stable. That said, it took a few tries to flash and I did have a random reboot and some odd artifacts on the Pixel XL.

We're expecting each beta to get better and more stable as we move forward. Google's going to release a second developer preview in May, at IO, and that'll probably be a more stable release and part of the beta program. 

Either way, you should only install it if you like living on the edge and can deal with issues. Yes, it has some benefits, but also a few cons. So far the software runs pretty smooth, and battery life seems decent. Don't say we didn't warn you though.

4 Reasons to Install the Pixel Android P Update & 4 Reasons You Shouldn’t is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Install the Android P Developer Preview Right Now

How to Install the Android P Developer Preview Right Now is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide explains how to easily install the just announced Android P Developer Preview on your Pixel or Pixel 2. While the official release of Google’s new Android P software won’t arrive until August or September, you can try it early. There’s no beta program, so manually installing the software is the only way developers can try it today.

Android P comes with some exciting new changes that will affect your phone or your apps. Before we begin, it’s worth noting that Google’s calling this an “alpha 1 release” so it’s not stable enough for daily use. Eligible devices include the Pixel, Pixel XL, or Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Google didn’t release software for any Nexus devices.

Read: Android 8.0 Oreo vs Android 7.0 Nougat: What’s New

The Android P System Image is a download that contains all the files needed to install a stock version of Android P on your Pixel device. This is the only way to get it until Google adds Android P to the beta program. We’re expecting that in May or June. Until then, this is essentially everything you need to know, and what you’d download as an OTA update for regular Android updates.

One of the biggest changes in Android P is display cutout support. Basically, Google supporting the iPhone X-style notch we’re seeing in a lot of Android devices. There are also major changes to Google Assistant, notifications, smarter message notifications, battery life, easier software updates, and improved security. Even at the app level security is more robust. We don’t know too much yet but expect more features to debut throughout the year and at Google I/O.

Before we start it’s worth noting that this is not official software that average users should install to their daily devices. This is an extremely early developer preview (beta) of Android P for testing purposes only. It’s not fully stable or functional according to Google.  We’ve already installed it ourselves and it’s working great, but proceed with caution.

This guide will show you how to install the latest Pixel Android P Developer Preview software. This is something you can do from Windows, Mac, Linux or ChromeOS. There are multiple ways to do this, and lots of things that can go wrong, but below are the easiest steps without spending hours setting up all of Google’s developer software.

How to Install ADB on Windows, Mac, Ubuntu & ChromeOS

Before you can flash the Android P Developer Preview update to your Pixel or Pixel 2 you need to install ADB and Fastboot on your computer. This is a program that runs on your PC/Mac to connect to your Android device through a USB cable and flash Android software to a device.

Installing ADB and Fastboot is one of the most annoying parts of installing Android factory images, but several tools make it dead simple these days. Alternatively, Google has an entire guide on ADB and flashing the files.

Those running Windows can download a 15 second adb installer to simplify the process and get up and running in only a few minutes.

Download the ADB installer for Windows. Find the file, right-click on it and choose Run as Administrator. When prompted you need to give the app access to run as an administrator. After the app launches type a Y and enter to select yes to Install ADB & Fastboot, to install ADB/Fastboot systemwide and to install Drivers. When a new window pops up follow the steps to install the drivers.

After this, you are now ready to install Android P on supported devices.

How to Install ADB on Mac, Linux & ChromeOS

Nexus Tools makes it easy to install ADB on a Mac, Linux or even ChromeOS. Simply open a Terminal on the computer and paste in the code from XDA. Open a terminal by going to search, and just type Terminal to open it. Then copy/paste that code to get started.

This will install ADB and Fastboot on Mac, Linux and Chrome OS without the need to do anything else. It’s extremely easy and avoids all the ADB package mess that typically takes much longer to complete.

After the script finishes type ADB or Fastboot to start running either process. This is how you start flashing files or system images provided by Google. Remember to head to settings > developer options and enable USB Debugging first. Not to mention newer devices need to enable “OEM Unlock” in developer options so you can unlock the bootloader and flash the latest software. If you did this when you flashed Android O last year, you don’t need to do it again.

Manually Install Android P Today

The first thing you need to do is download the Android P System Factory Images. This isn’t in the typical location, but we have the links for you below. You’ll have to agree to Google’s terms to continue, then click the links below to download the files for each device. Make sure you download the right file for your device.

As usual, only select devices are included in this list right now. Those being the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. We’re not seeing any other older devices. Click the links below to download Android P and get started today.

Download the file and then keep reading to get Android P. Now, you need to unzip these files to a folder you can easily access. We unzipped it to our MAC desktop. After you have the Android P system image unzipped you need to find it. Then type cmd into the address bar on Windows, or open a terminal and direct it to this new folder on Mac, Linux or Chrome OS. Reminder, if you’re on a MAC you need to make sure terminal is running inside the folder you just unzipped. Right-click, open Terminal at Folder.

If your Pixel is not bootloader unlocked you should do that first. We could not install Android P on a locked device. This will wipe it out completely and erase all user data, settings, pictures, etc. Repeat, this will erase everything! If you installed any prior betas, you already did this, so skip it. 

Open a Terminal in the adb folder and type the command below then hit enter.

adb reboot bootloader

In Fastboot type:

fastboot oem unlock

Then hit enter. Follow the on-screen instructions and choose to erase the device. Wait a minute or so for it to unlock. This removes everything on your device. If you don’t want to wipe out your phone, wait for the second Android P developer preview, as an easy update beta program will likely arrive with it.

Google Pixel users will need to use “fastboot devices” and then “fastboot flashing unlock” to unlock the bootloader. Then proceed to reboot and follow our steps.

Flash the Android P Image

Next, open the folder containing the unzipped Android P System Image file you just downloaded from our instructions above. Type cmd in the address bar. Then, type the multiple commands posted below and hit enter. Or copy and paste them to avoid making mistakes. On a Mac, you can open Terminal in the folder by enabling terminal shortcuts in settings. This is key for Mac users. Head to System Preferences and select Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services. Find “New Terminal at Folder” in the settings and click the box. Now when you’re in Finder, just right-click a folder and you’re shown the option to open Terminal. Or just do it from the desktop where you unzipped the Factory image as shown below.

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 11.19.03 AM

Once in the terminal simply copy and paste the commands below to install the Android P Preview to your Pixel or Pixel 2. The first line is the command for Windows, then Mac second.


This will flash all the needed files. If you are on a Mac or other computer you will need to type;

sudo ./flash-all.sh

This will push all the files and update your device to the new Android P software. The files will start sending and installing and your device may reboot. The logo boot screen may stay for a long time. Do not unplug the device. This may last 10 minutes or longer the first time. When Android prompts you to complete setup you can unplug your Pixel. It took less than four minutes for us.

It’s worth noting that some users may experience a “missing system.img” error and the installation will fail. This is because the way you’re trying to flash the update. Instructions on how to get around this are right here. Essentially users will need to unzip the update.zip folder and move all the images to the original folder we mentioned above. Then manually flash them one by one, vs the flash-all command we’re using here. Only do this if you run into issues with missing images. It takes a few more steps but works all the same. It flashed just fine on my Pixel XL using a Mac.

When the process finishes you can enter your information or Gmail account and start using and testing Android P months in advance.

Final Thoughts

If you don’t want to delete your entire device, don’t manually install Android P per our instructions above. Instead, wait for the Android Beta Program OTA (over-the-air) update to arrive. We’re expecting an easy opt-in for the Android P beta sometime in May. Once it starts you just have to sign up for the beta and wait for it. That’s a lot easier for most users, and the safest route. If you’re not experienced with ADB, we recommend skipping the Android P Developer Preview for now.

Additionally, those who choose to wait for the OTA beta update do not need to wipe out their device. It installs right over Android 8.1 and keeps all user data. Drop a comment below if you have any questions, problems, or concerns. Otherwise, dig through Android P and let us know how you like it.

How to Install the Android P Developer Preview Right Now is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.