It's been nearly four weeks since Google released Android P developer preview 3, complete with final APIs. Essential Phone users who have joined their respective Android P beta program also have this update as well.
For developers, Android P Beta 3 includes the latest bug fixes and optimizations for stability.
The update is available today for developers with access to a Pixel device.
You can check the availability of the July Android security update on your eligible Pixel or Nexus device by going to Settings System updates.
As Google says, the objective of the beta is really to allow developers to get their apps ready or the new features, while having the added benefit of a massive network of testers to help the firm stamp out flaws ahead of the public release. The package includes "near-final" UI and APIs on level 28 and expanded developer tools. Android 8.1 Oreo with July security patches and Android P Beta 3 are now rolling out.
However, the latest Android P beta still does bring the Android dashboard feature which was announced at Google I/O in May. Plenty of rumors have circulated about the sweet-themed release name - including Pumpkin Pie, Pistachio Ice Cream, Pancake, and Pop-Tart - but so far Google has remained tight-lipped about the final nomenclature. This feature will let users keep a tab of their smartphone usage.
More exciting still is the tease that this release is "very close to what you'll see in the final version".
When it eventually arrives before the end of the summer, Android P will offer support for cut-out displays, multi-camera support, rethought notifications and lots, lots more.