Android O, the latest operating system, is almost ready to come to your smartphones. Google has rolled out the latest version of the Android O public beta. According to reports, the beta version is doing well and is reliable. This essentially means that this might be the final version that Google will launch. Android O is basically the 8th mobile operating system by the company, the last one being Android Nougat. The Android O Developer Preview 4 is a release candidate created with all the current bug fixes and is up-to-date for application ready to be tested by developers. This is the final preview before the stable version is unveiled later in 2017. Meanwhile, it has to be noted that the Android O will be distributed via OTA server to smartphones like Google Nexus and Google Pixel. It will also be available for Android Emulator users enrolled in the Android Beta Program.
How to register your smartphone for Android O Beta Program? First, you have to check if your device is eligible for this Beta program. Then you need to visit Google Android’s Beta Program website (https://www.google.com/android/beta). Here you will get the OTA Android O and then the final version when it is announced. Alternatively, you can download the version by manual flashing from (https://developer.android.com/preview/download.html). But you must take note that using this method deletes all previously saved data from your smartphone. This means you will have to save a backup of the contents of your device before downloading it. Also, you need to be enrolled in the Android Beta Program to get the final version.
Android’s engineering team recently hosted a Reddit AMA where they answered several questions regarding smaller details about the Android O. They also talked about what is different this time. Meanwhile, developers can now ready their apps for Android 8.0 before the final version is ready for Google’s devices. Only after that roll out, other devices will start getting the update. The latest version of Android comes with better notifications support across the OS, picture-in-picture support, auto fill and a lot more. Also, new features meant to optimise any device’s battery is present. So, as of now, most of the changes do not appear to be revolutionary.
Interestingly there is still no clarity on the name of the latest Android version. If we tap on the Android O in system setting, we can see an Octopus. This is interesting because usually Android versions are named after popular desserts or sweet dishes from around the world. Earlier it was speculated that the O in Android O stands for Orea. However, there is no clarity on the same.