Android O: Easiest Way To Get Beta Version on Your Google Smartphone

The second release of Android O rolled out on the heels of the keynote speech at Google I/O, but even better, this was a beta release. So things are more stable now, and more importantly, that means you can install the update by simply signing up for the Android beta program. So if you’re interested in trying out the latest features Android has to offer, I’ll show you how it works below.

A beta is a “work in progress” build that is released prior to a consumer rollout of the final software. Google offers the beta to collect and incorporate user feedback.

The aim is really to tease out problems with specific devices and allow developers to update apps to support O’s new features or changes, if there are any.

Before You Begin

As far as phones go, the Android O beta program is currently only available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, and Pixel XL users. If you have one of these phones, trying Android O will be easy, but there are a few things you should know first.

The beta update will arrive as an OTA, so a few restrictions will apply when it comes to installation. If you’ve rooted your device, installed a custom kernel or a custom recovery, or otherwise modified the base Android software in any way, you will not be able to apply Android beta updates. Essentially, this will only work if your device is unmodified.

Finally, as a beta tester, your device will be running software that has not been fully tested. This could potentially cause issues with emergency services or the general stability of your device. However, once the official public release of Android O is underway, your device will be automatically updated to the new stable version.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Visit android.com/beta to sign-up to the Android Beta Program.

  2. Sign into your Google account when prompted.

  3. Your eligible devices will be listed on the next page, click to enrol in the Beta Program.

  4. Updates will arrive over the air direct to your device.

That’s it, it’s so simple. We’ve managed to download and install it on one of our test Pixel XL’s already.

Once you’re enrolled, you’ll continue to be updated to every new version of the Android O beta automatically, over-the-air.

Roll back to Android Nougat after installing Android O Beta

You can roll back to Android Nougat. You’ll need to visit the Android Beta website, sign into your account, and then click on “Unenroll device,” then select “Leave Beta.” You’ll then receive another OTA that rolls your firmware back to Nougat and wipes the incompatible Android O data.

Android O features and release date

Sources: NDTV, Pocketlint

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