Google has rolled out a developer preview of the latest OS, the Android O for your smartphones. Here's a guide on how to download. Also, why you shouldn't.
Google has rolled out a developer preview of the latest OS, the Android O for your smartphones. The global tech giant, through its blog, has pointed out some great new features for the successor of Android Nougat. There is no surety on what the ‘O’ in Google Android O stands for. While Google has suddenly dropped the Android O into the market, the catch here is that currently, it is available only for developers. There are many new features which Android O has introduced, including battery life, upgraded audio, colourful display and more. As of now, Google’s now smartphone OS can only be used in the most recent devices from the company. The developer’s preview of Android O can be used on smartphones like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, and Pixel XL phones, the Pixel C tablet, and the Nexus Player Android TV set-top box. But be warned before you download the OS for your regular use smartphone.
How to download: Smartphone users can download the official ROM from Google Server itself. This version has been released for developers so you may face certain issues if you download it on the smartphone you use regularly. If you want to download the Android O you will have to manually ‘Flash’ the software to your smartphone. Google says: “Flashing is the process of installing a system image and supporting files on a target device. Flashing lets you set up an initial test and build environment. It gives you precise control over the test environment on your device and lets you reinstall as often as needed, such as for automated testing.” You should, therefore, know that all your data from the smartphone will be wiped clean. You can download the particular files for your smartphone from the website: “https://developer.android.com/preview/download.html“.
You can also uninstall it, and in order to do it, you will have to get a factory spec system image from the Factory Images for Nexus and Pixel Devices page and then manually flash it to the device. Here too, all the data will be wiped clean again.
Why you should not download: If you are not a web developer, you just should not download the Google Android O right now. Google has not released the first build and its preview to be open for general public. In that case, Google would have made the beta version of the OS available through the usual Android Beta method. Still, if you want to do download the OS, it is advisable that you backup all your data. This is important because if you are not a developer, a slight change may even brick your smartphone. You may face many issues while handling the Android O right now, and if you are not a developer, you will not have a clue what is happening.
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Here are the things which Google has warned: not suitable for daily use on phone or tablet, performance is known to be periodically slow/janky, Battery life may be regressed, may not function normally, not Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) approved.