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

Google just opened the Android P Beta Program following the early developer preview back in March. Making Android P easy to download on 11 different smartphones. It’s 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, at Google I/O we just received the Android P Developer Preview 2. Furthermore, Google feels like it’s stable enough to open a beta program for more users.

Read: How to Install Android P Right Now

For Android P DP2, and for the first time ever, Google opened the beta program to seven different smartphone manufacturers, and 11 different devices. It’s a surprise turn of events, but most users trying it probably own the Pixel or Pixel 2.  With that in mind, 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 beta 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. Including new gesture controls, adaptive battery life managers, and a new mode to help people put phones down at night and go to sleep. 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. And while this is the second release, it’s still “beta” software. That means things are likely broken, missing feature, and it’s still 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 some neat new things coming to Google Assistant and Lens. However, it’s the new gesture controls we’re really excited about. Whether you think it’s copying the iPhone X or not doesn’t really matter. Android devices are getting bigger screens and smaller bezels, gesture controls are the future.

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. That said, it works great and I’ve yet to have a single problem in over 2 months.

Installing the Android P beta has its benefits but there are also downsides to using early software and we want to discuss those here. 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 released it back in March. I have it on my Pixel XL and Pixel 2, and it seems pretty stable. All I had to do was join the beta, click ok, and wait for the update to hit my phone.

We're expecting each beta to get better and more stable as we move forward. Google just released the second preview in May at Google I/O, and we're expecting a third release in June or July. Then, the final and official software in August or September. 

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.

You can try it on phones from Sony, OnePlus, Oppo, Essential, Nokia and a few others. Not just the Pixel and Pixel 2. 

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