How to install Android P 9.0 update on Vivo X21 and Vivo X21 UD

Google’s Android P 9.0 Beta update is now available for the Pixel devices which are getting the latest flavor of Android, but surprisingly third-party OEM are also invited to test this new build of Android, which is by far the most feature packed and design overhaul update after Android Lollipop. Surprisingly, this time Vivo has partnered with Google to bring the newest release of Android, that’s Android P 9.0 beta developer preview on the Vivo X21 and the Vivo X21 UD. Both device pack the in-display fingerprint scanner technology which is first on any Android phone.

All this is possible due to Project Trebel which separate the important concerns which let OEMs to push Android updates faster than ever. Moreover, Vivo is certainly not known for providing updates quicker by any means, but Project Trebel might change that soon. And so here we are installing the latest Android P 9.0 OS on the both the Vivo X21 duo.

However, one thing to note is that the Android P software that you will be updating here is not a finished software version and is pretty unstable. So, this will easily lead to some features being broken as they’re still in development and you will have some bugs and glitches here and there. Apps might frequently crash than normal. However, Android P takes care of that by itself, but still, you should only proceed if you accept such a scenario. As this is not by any means for normal day to day usage. But very useful for developers to test their upcoming apps on this new system.

How to install Android P 9.0 Beta on Vivo X21 and Vivo X21 UD:

Vivo Android P 9.0 update list

  • Before proceeding any further, it is recommended to take a back-up of your important data if things don’t go according to the plan
  • Next, you need to visit Vivo’s developer preview page and Download Android P system image for Vivo X21 and Vivo X21 UD
  • After, downloading the file for your specific device, you need to place it on your phone’s internal storage only, do not place it in any folder, just only on your root directory
  • Once done, now you have to tap on the build package, and a pop-up prompt will appear for the upgrading process
  • Just wait for the auto-upgrade process to complete and within few minutes or so you will be running the latest Android P 9.0 on your Vivo X21/X21 UD similar to the Pixel devices

Following are some issues which were reported by the early adopter of Android P beta:

  • You won’t be able to make Video Calls
  • Location issues were detected
  • All camera functions can’t be used,�only basic image and video capturing works
  • Face unlock and face detection is not supported
  • The Mini screen feature is also not supported
  • You can’t play music via Bluetooth
  • Payment via fingerprint security is also not supported
  • The Global eye-protect function also doesn’t work

With that said, as more weeks pass by, you will be treated with more builds/firmware to fix these issues, and many more will come and go with each build. You can also check on the developer page if you want to degrade to the Android OS which you had previously on your Vivo device.

Akshay Mhatre is a Tech Journalist who likes to keep up with the latest from the tech world. He has worked at many popular news portals like BGR and TechRadar before joining TheLeaker as a News writer and journalist. A writer by day and a VFX artist by night. In his free time, he also likes to make motion graphics and concept art. You can find him on Instagram @akshayrazr_95 and contact him on akshaymhatre[@]

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