This week Google released the Public Beta download for Android
O, the next new version of Android. This version of the
software introduces some radical chances to the mobile
operating system, including picture-in-picture mode,
notification dots, and Smart Text Selection. To take part in
the Public Beta, users have only to tap a few buttons and let
it go automatic!
For those that want to run Android O the easy way — there are
some restrictions. Only a few devices can run Android O at this
early stage. These devices are in Google’s Nexus collection and
Google’s Pixel collection — everyone else has a more difficult
task ahead of them.
The Nexus 5X is allowed to join the Android Beta program for
Android O as of this week. The same is true of the Nexus 6P and
the Nexus Player. As the Nexus Player is on the list, we expect
that the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV wont be far behind — but for
now, NVIDIA SHIELD owners will have to wait just a bit.
Google’s Android Beta program for Android O also includes the
Pixel C as well as both the Pixel and the Pixel XL. These
devices are all sold by Google with a unique version of Android
on them — and all updates come through Google. The system of
downloading the Android O Public Beta begins by signing up for
Tap in on the Google Android Beta page and read the
directions. They’re simple, really — and they’ll begin with
agreeing to some terms. Do not go forth if you have a device
that needs to be active and work perfectly no matter what –
that’s not what this program is all about.
Once the Beta program has been accepted, head to your Android
device’s settings. Inside settings, find Device Info and/or
System Updates — and bang! There Android O will be. Eye think
it’s the bomb!