Android O Developer Preview now available to download

Android O Developer Preview now available to download
Google today launched an Android O Developer Preview - the very first Android O release that's publicly available to download. Before you get too excited, please note that this release is aimed at developers, and Google cautions us that it's "not intended for daily or consumer use." As pretty much any developer preview software, this one's packing a bevy of bugs, and comes with "various stability and performance issues."

Android O Developer Preview can be installed on the following devices: Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player. You can download Android O Developer Preview system images via the first source link below, while release notes (including a lengthy list of bugs and issues) can be found at the second source link.

For now, it's not clear what final name Android O will have, though it may be Android 8.0 Oreo. Regardless of the final name, here are some of the new features that this next iteration of Android will bring:

  • Enhanced notifications (with users getting "fine-grained control over different kinds of notification") 
  • App background limits (for improved battery life)
  • Picture in Picture (PIP) display - enabling actions like watching a video while chatting or using other apps
  • Adaptive icons 
  • Wide-gamut color for apps
  • Support for high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs
While this release is targeting developers, the fact that it's now available also means something for regular Android users: a stable version of Android O is likely coming soon (though soon could very well mean in the second half of the year).

P.S.: The yellow thingie that you're seeing above seems to be the official Android O logo!

sources: Android O download, Release Notes, Android Developers Blog

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