Google looks set to launch the first test version of its new Android operating system later this month, according to a renowned tech tipster.
Evan Blass, who regularly leaks information about forthcoming smartphones, claims Google is priming Android P for release in a matter of days.
Blass wrote on Twitter: “Android P Developer Preview 1 is targeting a mid-month release.”
Blass’s missive ties in with previous reports that Google would offer developers a much earlier look at this year’s Android update than in previous years.
Rumours suggest Android P could come with improved security to stop virus–affected apps recording audio and video.
Google is also said to be looking to redesign the home screen in an attempt to take on the sleeker looks of Apple’s iOS, as well as support for phones with notches.
It’s not yet clear what the Android P’s official name will be, although some have suggested Pie might be the moniker of choice.
Whatever happens, Android P is not expected to be available to the general public until late 2018, with most compatible phones not receiving the software until next year.