The second developer preview of Android P has arrived as public beta, and with it, Google is ready to show off the upcoming features of its mobile OS (Android 9.0). Unlike before, Android P beta is available to many devices, including Essential, Nokia, Xiaomi, OnePlus, etc. If you own Essential PH-1 phone, here is how to download and install Android P Beta system image on it.

You can download the Android P system image for Essential PH-1 and flash it to your device manually. Keep in mind that, since this is the beta builds (pre-release software) you will come across unknown bugs. In addition, this build is not intended for general consumer use.


Essential Phone

Before get starts installing Android P Beta on Essential Phone, let us see the new features of this build. The second developer preview of Android P comes with several new features and changes.

  • Adaptive Battery for extended battery life
  • AI-powered App Actions and Slices
  • Smart reply in notifications
  • New system navigation and home swipe gestures
  • Background restrictions for apps
  • Enhanced audio with Dynamics Processing
  • Biometric prompt

Check the Android Developers blog for detailed information about each feature listed above.

How to Install Android P Beta on Essential PH-1

You can opt-in for Android P beta by going to Essential developer page, then download and flash the build. Alternatively, download Android P beta factory image [here] and flash manually as described below.

1. Unzip the downloaded factory image and save all the content where ADB is installed.

2. Enable USB debugging on Essential PH-1

3. Power off the phone and press Power + Volume Up buttons together to boot into Bootloader mode.

4. Connect the Phone to PC using the USB cable.

5. Go to ADB installation folder and double-click on ‘flashall.bat’ file to install Android P Beta.

Wait for the process to complete. The phone will reboot automatically after the installation process completes.

Note that, to revert from Android P to your old operating system you will need to flash a factory image. Installing and uninstalling Android P beta requires factory rest your phone. That means all your data gets wiped. (Source – 1, 2)

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