We don’t know what it’s named yet, but the next version of Android (Android O) is coming soon.
Google has recently announced some of the new features arriving with this version, including a better notification system and streamlined updates. While most phones won’t get the update at launch due to hardware manufacturer delays, if you have an eligible device you can try out the Android O beta right now.
Yes, just like you can beta-test Android apps to get new features before everyone else, you can install the newest flavor of Android onto your device, too. Be aware: if you get the beta update and decide you want to go back to your old version, you’ll have to wipe your entire device. So you should certainly back up your device and make sure you’re okay with starting from scratch if you decide to leave the beta.
Ready to go? First, make sure you have an eligible device. Any of these will work:
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus Player
- Pixel XL
- Pixel C tablet
Then, head to the Android Beta webpage and sign into your Google Account. You’ll see a bit of information about the Android Beta program you should review before proceeding. If you accept, look for Your eligible devices near the bottom of the page and click Enroll device below the phone you want. After a short time, you’ll get an over-the-air update notification on your phone that will upgrade it to the Android O beta.
Since this is beta software, expect some bugs and strange issues. Google says it’s stable enough for everyday use, and your feedback will help make the final version better. Don’t want to sign up for the beta? Check out new Android O features you can get on your device right now.
Will you try out the Android O beta on your eligible device? Or would you rather wait until it’s ready for the public? Beta testers, leave a comment and let us know what you think so far!
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