On May 17th Google unveiled their Android O Beta Program just like they did it with Android N last year. This will allow anyone with a supported device to test out the next release of the operating system before its development is finalised.
The Developer Preview of Android O has been out since March and Google has advised non-developers with little-to no knowledge to avoid trying out the new builds as they contain bugs and might have issues that could risk them losing their data on their devices. We also do not recommend anyone trying out the new BETA on their primary devices as it is not ready for prime time, it likely includes issues that are not ready to be used on a daily driver.
The first Beta build is already available and if you want to give it a try, you need to go to this page and choose the “Enroll Device” for the device you want to test it on.
Only the devices mentioned below can be enrolled into the Android O Beta program: Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Huawei Nexus 6P, LG Nexus 5X and Asus Nexus Player.
Over the next few months we should be seeing three more Beta builds coming – if Google decides to stick to their timeline that they announced back in March. If you’ve enrolled your device, you should be seeing a software update popping up in your notifications. The second Beta is expected to be available in mid-to-late June and the last one is expected to be out in mid-to-late July. Just like last year, the final version should arrive before September for the supported devices. The first ones to get it are the Pixel and Nexus devices – obviously. The Android O timeline matches with what we have seen Google doing last year with Android N.
Will you be giving Android O a try on your device? Let us know your experiences! We want to hear the things you like/dislike about the new Android OS.