Having announced the Android P Developer Preview a week before everyone thought it would, Google has also laid out a timeline on the Android Developer’s website that shows the planned progression to the public release of the new Android software. In total, there will be a total of 4 more versions of the Developer Preview in the run-up to the final release in the third quarter of 2018.
The second Developer Preview (DP2) is planned for release in May and will almost certainly coincide with Google I/O that is running from May 8-10. It’s also likely that DP2 will open up the public beta of Android P, a step up from DP1 that is basically an alpha version of the software that is only meant for developers.
June will see the launch of DP3 that will include the final API’s of Android P, Play publishing, and the official SDK. June will also see the roll-out of DP4 in the form of a release candidate for testing purposes, the final release candidate (DP5) launching sometime in July/August. According to the timeline, Google will also push the final Android P build to OEMs and AOSP during August.
It’s an exciting time to be using a pixel or Pixel 2 handset, don’t you think? Don’t forget; you can download and install the updated Pixel Launcher right here to get a small taste of Android P on your handset.
Source: Android Developers