A couple of days back Google released Android P Developer Preview 4 (Android 9.0 Beta 3) with bug fixes and improvements. It is now available for Sony Xperia XZ2. If your device is running on the previous Android P Beta 2, you will get an OTA (over-the-air) update. Other Xperia XZ2 users need to install the update manually.
Besides Google’s fixes and improvements, Sony has its own bug fixes and other changes for Android P Beta 3. The company has also added Widevine L1 security level in this build, which means, you can now stream HD content from services like Netflix. On the previous Android P build for Xperia XZ2, it was L3 security levels.
Android P Beta 3 for Sony Xperia XZ2 changelog (PDP-PKQ1.180611.002-10184):
Storage MTP – Cannot transfer files or create new folders on external SDcard
Airplane mode – Need to enter SIM pin after enable and disable airplane mode
Widevine – Now supports L1 security level
Camera – Flash now works for more than one picture
Overall BT improvements
Download and Install Android P Developer Preview 4 on Sony Xperia XZ2
Android P beta supports three variants of Sony Xperia XZ2, such as H8216, H8266 and H8296. If you would like to get the preview of Android 9.0, first verify your device’s model number.
If you own either of above mentioned model, then follow the below steps to install Android P Beta 3 (developer preview 4) on it. Before get start with the installation procedure, backup all data you have on the phone. Also, ensure more than 50% battery charge remaining on the phone.
How to install Android P Beta 3 on Sony Xperia XZ2
1. First, download Xperia Companion app from here and install it on your computer.
2. After installing the app on your PC, start Xperia Companion
3. On computer keyboard, press ALT key and then click on “Software Repair” on the home screen
4. Tick the checkbox “My device cannot be detected or started”, and then click “Next”
5. Wait for the initialization to complete, and then follow the instructions on the screen.
Note: You can return to stock Xperia firmware at any time by connecting back to Xperia Companion and following the Software repair (without holding ALT key). [Source – Sony]