Google announced Android N back in March, something that was unusual for the tech giant. However, it seems the dates for the OS’ official release will not be affected.
At the time of this writing, Android N developer preview 4 is out. The company is expected to release a fifth and final developer preview version really soon, It is only after this fifth release that smartphone OEMs will now get a chance to use this OS on their devices right out of the box.
For those who want to try out the developer preview 4 of Android N, make sure you are using any of Google’s latest smartphones or tablets. To be more specific, get a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Android One, Google Pixel C tablet or even a Nexus Player – any of these can do.
How to install Android N now
In the past, it wasn’t an easy thing to get a beta version of Android installed on a phone. However, Google made things quite easy with Android N and its beta program. As long as your device is enrolled in the Android Beta Program, you will receive OTA notifications whenever a new beta is availed.
To get into the program, use your Android N-compatible device to visit this page. Make sure you have a Google account. When this is done, you will see the eligible device appearing on this same page. Proceed by tapping on “Enroll device” button and then accept the terms and conditions by ticking the box. Finish by tapping “Join beta.”
You will be notified that your device has successfully be enrolled to the Android N Beta Program and an OTA update will soon be coming your way. Tap OK.
It is possible that this update can take up to 24 hours before finally hitting your device, but if you are lucky enough, it will be instant. However, make sure your internet connection is OK. You can also check for its availability manually via the Nexus phone’s About settings and then tap on System updates.
To manually install Android N, simply pull down the notification that shows up on your phone and opt to Download the firmware. The update is quite huge, so make sure you are connected to the internet via Wi-Fi. Proceed with downloading it and then tap on “Restart & Install” to commence the upgrade.
With Android N developer preview on board, you will constantly be notified whenever there is a new update up until the stable version is released later this year.