How to get Android O before it’s released
Google lets sure Android phone and device owners install early, beta variations of its software program up to 6 weeks before it’s rolled out publicly.
Called the Android Beta Program, it gives you access to pre-release versions of Android and lets you provide feedback to Google to improve the software. Devices that you opt into the program will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to the latest beta version of Android.
The tech giant recently released the third developer preview of Android O. If you want to be among the first to test this new operating system, read on to discover how to become a beta tester.
How to become an Android beta tester
You ought to personal a recent Nexus or Pixel device to participate, and it have to be associated with the Google account you need to join up with. Eligible devices include the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One).
Make sure you have backed up your account and its data. To see a list of accounts on your device go to Settings, Accounts, Google.
Once you’ve connected one of these devices to your Google account – which should have been linked when you set up your phone, but can be done in Settings, Accounts – go to the Android Beta Program page and sign in using your Google account details. You will now see the list of eligible devices linked to the account. Click on Enroll device next to the device you want to enrol. Accept the terms and Join Beta.
Android stresses that “updates you’ll receive as a part of this program are pre-release versions, and may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device.” Google does publish a list of known errors if you want to know more.
Once you’ve signed up you will receive a preview update every four to six weeks until the public launch of the next major Android software. A list of updates and the release Timeline can be found here. Updates can take up to 24 hours to arrive after opting in.
To send feedback, go to Settings, About, Send feedback about this device. This is not possible on the Nexus Player. You can post comments on the Android Beta Program Google+ community or, if you’re a developer and want to report a bug, use the Android Open Source Project Issue Tracker.
You can opt-out of the program at any time to return to the stable, public version of Android but Google warns that if you opt-out when your device is running a beta version of Android, all data on the device will be wiped.
To opt-out, go to the beta page and click Unroll device next to the handset at the top of the list. You will be sent an OTA update that will wipe all user data and install the latest stable public version of Android. Make sure you back up your data before opting out. Any data not backed up will be lost.