About two weeks ago, Google announced the first Android O public beta. This announcement coincided with the release of the second developer preview of the same OS, whose first version had been unveiled on March 21.
As at the time of this writing, anyone using a Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, Pixel C tablet or the most recent Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones can get their hands on the new Android O public beta. But the question one might be asking is whether to actually download and install this beta version.
Well, if you own a compatible Google Nexus or Pixel device and you are the curious type of person who is also a little tech savvy, you can’t miss out on this one. With Android O public beta on your Google Nexus 6P, for instance, you will be able to dive into what Google is cooking ahead of the rest. The good side of the story is that if you don’t like it, there’s room to opt out and go back to your old and proven version. But before you start thinking about getting Android O installed on your phone, you’d be better off doing a backup of stored data.
Up to now, the new Android O public beta is only available for a few Google-owned devices. Other than the 2015 and 2016 smartphones, the Pixel C tablet and Nexus Player are also part of the treat, but this time around there’s no room for Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
So, how does one download and install Android O public beta?
It’s quite an easy thing getting Android O public beta installed on your Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Pixel Xl phone thanks to the tech giant’s Android Beta Program. As long as you enroll into the program, the new OS will hit your device as an OTA update. The system will auto-detect the eligible device that has your Google account and let you into the program. There are some instructions for you to follow, but as noted earlier, these shouldn’t be any problem for techy persons.
When done, you’ll be notified that your device has been accepted into the program and that you’ll soon receive the beta version of Android O over the air. Note that the time it takes for the OTA update to hit your device might vary, with some taking receiving it instantly, others have to wait for a few minutes whereas it could take up to 24 hours before others get the same treat. Either way, the new OS will hit your device sooner than later. Once installed, you’ll automatically receive any new updates that are pushed to this beta version over the air.