Google has announced the list of phones which support Android P beta. And for the first time in the history of Android, the company is releasing a new version of the operating system for non-Google phones.
This is possible thanks to Project Treble, a partitioning system which separated the Android system firmware, from the OEM added features, e.g: custom skins like MIUI, ColorOS, etc. So, when a new Android version is released, the partition system which has the OS, can be updated without affecting the OEM’s add-ons.
Without further ado, here are the devices.
List of phones which support Android P beta:
- Essential Phone
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Nokia 7 plus
- OnePlus 6
- Oppo R15 Pro
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- Vivo X21
- Vivo X21UD
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
You can download the Android P beta for the devices, from the respective manufacturer’s website, links for which are available on the developer preview page.
The only phone which is yet to be launched in those officially supported devices, is of course the OnePlus 6.
What is surprising however, is the lack of Samsung or LG or even Motorola devices, especially considering that Moto uses stock Android. Lenovo has also switched to stock Android, and the recently launched ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 also runs close to Pure Android.
Huawei and Honor devices are also among popular devices not in the list. Why? We think there are three reasons. First, this is probably a phase 1 thing, so Google may eventually add more devices to the list of phones which support Android P beta,
Second, there is a possibility that a lot of phones did not launch with support for Project Treble, so it will require a lot more effort from the OEM, to update the phone.
And of course, you may have noticed that all the devices in the list, are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets. So, devices using MediaTek, Exynos or Kirin, probably need some extra contribution from the manufacturers.