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How to manually turn on dark mode in Android P

03 July, 2018, 08:27 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Google announced Android P at its I  O developer conference in May.                  Jason Cipriani  CNET

The Android Developer Preview is available for Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, once enrolled in the Developer Preview Beta Channel which you can do by going here. A new Dashboard serves as a hub for how often you use your device, including phone unlocks and the number of notifications received throughout the day.

Google introduced the dark launcher theme on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, eventually expanding it to the first gen Pixels with the Android 8.1 update. "Beta 3 is an early release candidate build of Android with near-final system behaviors and the official Android P APIs (API level 28)", Google noted. There are also changes to Android's privacy restrictions. Before that, you can actually test out a beta build of the software if you have a compatible smartphone. If you've already joined, then you should get an update that the Beta 3 release is available.

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The update is very close to the final release coming "later this summer" says Android VP of Engineering, Dave Burke in the blog post announcing the release. You can now install it on the Essential Phone, Google's Pixel family of phones, Nokia 7 Plus, OnePlus 6, Oppo R15 Pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, Vivo X21UD, Vivo X21, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. The DP4 images are now live on Google's website for the four devices, and the OTA updates are being rolled out too. 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.

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