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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17 Comments

1. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Android O logo looks like chrome canary's .....

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7204; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

App background limits has been there for years. You just had to enable developer mode. So now they are adding that option to the regular settings.

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

It's been there for years but can cause instability with a lot of apps which it why it was tucked in there, but they have worked on it for a long time now and is ready for prime time

7. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

I have 180 apps installed on my rooted phone Instagram facebook messenger 2 whatsapp apps twitter chrome youtube and only 3 of them run on background persistenly My baterry life is just about 8 hour sot Muy phone lags just once a week Never get out of ram Always run smooth fast and responsive

9. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you must have a magical one-off phone!!!!

11. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

You coulg get something likethis with almost every android phone with barely good specs

17. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Hahahaha

16. mikehunta727 unregistered

The power of a rooted Android device *

8. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

what about adaptive icons? :D i use asus phones since 2012 and it's being there from the begining

2. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Nice, Might have to give this a try.

3. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

High quality Bluetooth being the most interesting features in the list. The others are mere gimmicks.

5. mikehunta727 unregistered

"Wide-gamut color for apps" Nice...

10. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Android is about to get really HDR10/Adobe Vision friendly :D

12. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

App background limit : Facebook be s**tting their pants right now since their s**t app won't be able to drain our phones.

13. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

IM STILL WAITING VULKAN GAMES IN THE PLAYSTORE

14. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

15. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Nice to see features that were Beta developments in Developer Mode coming to the front, means a lot is being done there at Google. Their focus on battery life is encouraging. What word be great is I'd Google now put conditions e.g. if you build an Android with a 5inch Display it must have at least a 3000mAh battery, if 5.5inch and over at least 3500mAh Battery, if 6inch and over at least 4000mAh. They need to gain some control on Hardware.

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