Back in March Google announced and released the first preview of Android O. The next major software update for Android smartphones and tablets. While it’s only available as an early developer preview, or beta, many are considering it. Today we want to go over a few reasons to, and not to, install Google’s Android O software.
Google recently released a stable version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat for Nexus smartphones and tablets. That’s the last official software update. However, in an effort to test and improve what’s coming next, a developer preview of Android O is an option.
Those with any of Google’s most recent smartphones are eligible for the Android O beta. Devices like the Nexus 5X or 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL, or even the Pixel C tablet. If you’re considering trying Android O today, read on for more details.
While Android 7.1.1 and even 7.1.2 were small maintenance updates to Nougat, Android O is much bigger. It’s the next big change, and will likely be called Android 8.0 Oreo. Or some other fun tasty name. Google’s big updates have tons of changes, new features and other improvements.
As of right now we don’t know too much about Android O. The first beta is very bare-bones, and doesn’t show what Google has planned for the software. After another beta 2 release in May and a 3rd this summer, the final version will be available to all in August or September. That’s when we’ll know everything that’s new, and what changed.
Today though, Android O is still pretty promising. Some new features include dynamic icons, batch and bundled notifications, limiting background processes to improve battery life, a completely redesigned (again) settings menu, picture-in-picture mode, keyboard navigation and even a better auto-fill. Apps can now use auto-fill like a browser for forms, logins and other information. There’s a lot to like, and this is just the beginning of a much larger update.
Being an extremely early developer preview, or beta, means it’s not a stable version of Android. Google specifically mentioned there are and will be bugs, and not to use it on your daily device. The beta is more for developers and feedback, not to use on your primary device. That said, some will still take the plunge because they like living on the edge. If you’ve been considering the Android O install here’s why you should or shouldn’t try it today.