Anyone can try the Google Pixel and Pixel XL Android O update today by downloading the new beta. And while some of you are better off skipping it, at least right now, the official release is coming soon.
This week Google released the 4th and final Android O beta ahead of the official launch later this summer. Google’s calling the 4th preview the “release candidate update”. You don’t need to be a developer or need to flash any scary files to try what’s coming next. All you need is a compatible device like the Pixel and to enroll in the beta program.
Our guide will go over everything you need to know about the Pixel Android O update. We’ll address the improvements, new features, performance, and how to downgrade back to Android 7.0 Nougat. Not to mention potential Google Pixel Android O problems and what you need to know moving forward.
Google mentions it may contain errors or bugs that could affect how your phone functions, so keep that in mind. In fact, there’s a list of known problems in the beta release notes you may want to glance over before installing it. This list includes performance issues, poor battery life, user interface glitches, Bluetooth drops, a slow camera and even WiFi bugs. Furthermore, the 4th beta has “hundreds of improvements and bug fixes” according to Google, so it is the most stable version of Android 8.0 yet.
The 3rd release Google felt good enough about it to suggest it was ok for daily use, and now this 4th release is ready for prime-time.
And yes, after reviewing the update we can confirm it will indeed be called Android 8.0 when it’s released in August or September.
Google’s official Pixel Android O update is still a few months away. Once the official software is released we’ll update this roundup with more info about performance, battery life, and detail any new features.