Google releases Android P Beta 2, including 157 new emoji

Gerardo Harmon
June 7, 2018

You can wait for the OTA updates to roll out if you have Pixel or Nexus phones - these should be coming pretty shortly. And for developers, this release marks the final version of the Android P APIs. The first preview wasn't made available via the Android Beta Program, which lets you access early Android builds via over-their-air updates, to emphasize that it's for developers only and not intended for daily or consumer use. And then the first beta followed in May, bringing gesture navigation and other new features. You can find a complete list of compatible devices on the Android P Beta website. Now would be a good time to start building apps taking advantage of machine learning-powered Adaptive Battery optimizations, the simplicity and polish of Google's fresh stock UI, and the enhanced biometric authentication security features.

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Google is also including two new gender-neutral designs "Family" and 'Couple with Heart.' This builds on the first gender-neutral emoji introduced past year, and the company says more gender-neutral emoji are on the way. Google is also revamping the turtle and cricket emoji in this update. If you publish an update to Google Play during the preview, your users can test compatibility on existing devices, including devices running Android P Beta 2.

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Android P Beta 2 includes a whopping 157 new emoji, many of which are created to promote inclusion and diversity.

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