Android O now available as Beta, Developer Preview two starts rolling out

Android O Beta Program is compatible only on a few devices- Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C

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    • Android O Beta now available for download
    • Developer Preview 2 starts rolling out
    • Android O Beta eligible only on Nexus and Pixel devices

Google at its annual I/O conference on Wednesday announced the release of Android O Beta. The Android O which was already available as a developer preview can now be tested as Android O Beta is now available for download.

Google has posted ‘flashable images’ which is compatible only with Nexus and Pixel devices for now. With Android O entering the Beta Program with the new Developer Preview 2, the latest Android OS is now stable and brings some major addition with its release.  The Mountain View Company at the Google I/O annual developer conference had 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.

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

To sign-up for the Android O Beta Program, users will need to first enroll their compatible Pixel and Nexus devices and wait for the OTA update notification. Factory images for build Opp2.170420.017 are now rolling out and can be flashed instantly if users don’t want to wait for the Beta Program OTA.

Google in its Android Beta Program page posted, “If you were previously enrolled in the Android N Beta Program, you must enroll again to receive Android O. You may remain in the Android Beta Program beyond the initial O release to preview future Android O maintenance releases (MRs). If you choose to do so, you will automatically get an OTA update to pre-release versions of the MRs as they become available. At the end of the program, you will begin to receive regular public updates.”

The Android O Beta is compatible with the following devices-Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C.