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9 Things to Know About the Google Pixel Android O Update

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.

Read: How to Install the Android O Beta Today

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.

Google Pixel Android O Performance & Impressions

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Google Pixel Android O Performance & Impressions

Going from the third Android O preview to the 4th and final beta we received a 320MB file to download. Those coming from Android Nougat to O may have to download a larger file.

It took about 15 minutes to download the update, install Android O, and fully reboot in time to use the phone. This was a lot faster than we expected.

After using the Google Pixel Android O beta for over a month, and now the stable release, this is our impressions on speed, performance, battery life, and Bluetooth.

So far almost everything has been fine. Some of the crashes from the first few previews are no longer happening. The software is fast, and connectivity seems great. We've connected to Verizon, AT&T, and tried two Bluetooth speakers with no problems. And that includes connecting to my truck stereo. The same can be said for WiFi. It is stable, connects quickly and hasn't dropped once. We've tried two routers, and connected to both regular and 5G networks. 

Some of the lag from earlier versions is gone too. Opening apps, pulling down the notification bar and doing other tasks is pleasantly fast. We haven't run into any freezing or reboots of the Pixel, but the camera app crashed once on the 3rd software release We aren't seeing anything visually new in the 4th and final release, but we'll keep looking. 

WiFi is stable, connects with ease and has yet to experience any drops. 

This is called a beta for a reason, the software isn't finished. Google is working hard on adding in each new feature, making changes, and improving everything. This is no way a finished product, at least not yet.

We suggested users wait until the 4th beta in July, and now that it's here, give it a try. Google's calling it the release candidate, finalized all APIs, and are telling developers it's ok to release app updates to Google Play that support Android 8.0. Basically, this is as close to the official release as we're going to get, and it's stable enough for daily use. I've only used it for about an hour, but we'll update if anything changes. 

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