It is looking increasingly likely that we will see the first Developer Preview of Android P this month. That view comes from the ramp up in activity in the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) Git and code review but also thanks to a Tweet from the awesome Evan Blass.
Android P Developer Preview 1 is targeting a mid-month release.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 3, 2018
If you are not following Evan on Twitter, take the time to do so. He is one of the best connected resources out there when it comes to leaks and rumors about Android. He is also deadly accurate on these leaks too so if he Tweets on it, chances are solid that it will actually happen. Like 99% solid.
But even if you dismiss Mr. Blass’ Tweet, history is still in favor of a March release of DP1 for Android P. What was then Android O, now known as Oreo, had its first preview released on March 21st least year. A March release also fits the pattern of having an early preview out prior to Google I/O then having a second one at the event in May. Regardless of when the first preview is released, it will be available for the Pixel and Pixel 2 devices.
The P release is expected to bring a number of security improvements to the platform including limiting background app access to the camera and microphone. We could also see native iris scanning built-in as well.