Android O Developer Preview rolls out with final APIs

Google says that this ‘public beta release’ is for early adopters and is available for daily use, development, or compatibility testing.

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Highlights

    • Android O Dev Preview 3 rolls out
    • This release will provide developers with final Android O APIs and official SDK
    • This release confirms the latest Android version to be Android 8.0

Google at its annual developer conference last month released the second Android O developer preview. And just a few weeks later, the Search giant has now made the third developer preview available.

Google says that this release will provide developers with final Android O APIs and official SDK. Further, it notes that this ‘public beta release’ is for early adopters and is available for daily use, development, or compatibility testing. The company has also warned that this release might have various “stability, battery or performance issues” on supported devices.

Evidently, the previous release at Google I/O annual developer conference introduced the features of Android O in two categories- Fluid Experience and Vitals. The Fluid Experience includes- Picture-in-picture, Notification Dots, Autofill with Google and Smart Text Selection. Vitals, meanwhile, will help to mark issues with apps that might have a potential impact on a device battery life. The Android O Vitals also consist of Google Play Protect, an app that will scan installed apps on a user’s device for malware.

9to5Google points out that with ‘API level 26 finalised’ developer preview 3, developers will now be able to publish apps basically meant for Android O to the Google Play Store.

Also Read: Android O Beta Hands On: What’s new, what’s good and what’s missing

As earlier, the only supported devices for this new developer preview includes select Nexus and Pixel devices. Factory images can be downloaded immediately, however, members of Android Beta Program can also wait until the OTA (over-the-air) update rolls out.

Factory images for build OPP3.170518.006 can be flashed on the following compatible devices- Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C. Google has also posted the download links to the OTA files for quick sideload of developer preview 3.

Separately, reports claim that with the release of developer preview 3, the latest Android version is now confirmed that it will be Android 8.0. Currently, the stable version as seen on Pixel devices is Android 7.1.2 Nougat.