How to manually turn on dark mode in Android P

The first Android P release candidate is now available

The first Android P release candidate is now available

The first chance to smoke out use of those interfaces before Android P debuts probably tips this release over into something of decent importance for many Android developers. The new release "takes us very close to what you'll see in the final version of Android P", according to Google's Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, which is still on track to be pushed out later in the summer. While last year's Made by Google device launched with Android 8.0, it featured a number of exclusive features like bright/dark system theme, new Power menu, and translucent Pixel Launcher on the visual front. As you might guess, therefore, there's a lot here for developers.

That also means that if you're a developer, you can now submit apps that are targeted at Android P (API level 28) to the Google Play Store. The list of devices that are compatible with the latest security patch includes Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. There are also changes to Android's privacy restrictions. Those who are already running Beta 2, meanwhile, will get the update automatically.

What we do know is that Android P's features were frozen just under four weeks ago, so it's not as if the new beta will teach you anything new about the OS. Now there are eight handsets that are officially taking part in Project Treble.

If you'd like to join the Essential Phone beta program, head here. Given the nature of this "release candidate", many assumed that this beta would include Google's planned "Digital Wellbeing" features.

Google still hasn't announced what the name of Android P will be, and it seems likely that the company will unveil it soon.

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