The second developer preview of Android O is out now and available to the general public. Are you quite excited to try your hands at the latest release? Here’s how to download Android O Public Beta on your smartphone right now.
Google announced the Android O Developer Preview back in March, but it was restricted to developers only and not recommended for the general public. At its annual Developer conference – Google I/O, the company promised to launch Android O Beta soon along with new capabilities.
At the event, the company also announced that it ends Android Nougat Beta. Google even revealed some stats regarding Android OS, sharing the fact that Android has just crossed the 2 Billion monthly active devices threshold globally and around 82 Billion apps were downloaded in the previous fall from the Play Store.
Following the availability to install Developer preview, the search engine Google has allowed users to download Android O Public Beta on their smartphones.
The only catch is that the Public Beta update is only available for some Pixel and Nexus devices, including Pixel XL, Pixel C tablet, Google Pixel, Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P smartphones. However, if you want to try out new Android O features on your older phone running Android Marshmallow or higher, you can download and install Android O Launcher on your device.
You can download and install Android O Public Beta on your device using Google’s Android Beta Program. Any smartphone enrolled to the program will receive OTA updates to the latest Android OS when available. Here’re the steps to get Android O Beta on your phone right now.
Download Android O Public Beta
- First of all, open the web browser on your compatible Pixel or Nexus device and navigate to g.co/androidbeta link to enroll in the Android Beta Program. Here, you’ll be asked to log into your Google account
- Once logged in, scroll down the page and you’ll see a heading ‘Eligible devices’ with any compatible Nexus device that is also signed into your account
- Select the device you want to enroll to the Beta Program and tap on the green ‘Enroll Device’ button
- Check the box next to the Terms & Conditions and tap on the Join Beta button
- Now, you’ll receive a message, telling you that your device has been enrolled and will soon receive an OTA update to the Android O Public Beta version. Just tap on the Ok button to proceed further
- You’ll get the update notification on your Nexus device instantly, although it can take up to 24 hours. In case you don’t receive any update notification after that time, check your Internet connection, head over to Settings > About > System Updates, and check for updates
- Once you get the update notification, pull down the notification bar and tap on the Download button to download Android O Public Beta
- A new window will pop up, telling you that this will install a preview version of Android O on your device. Make sure that you’re connected to the Wi-Fi and tap on the blue Download button
- You can now install the Android Nougat 7.1.2 Beta. Hit the Restart & Install button in the bottom-right corner
Now, you’ll automatically receive notifications of any new Android Nougat update.
Read more at How to Download and Install Android O Launcher
If you don’t like Android O Public Beta and want your older OS back, you can uninstall it by navigating to the Android Beta Program page g.co/androidbeta and then tapping on the Unenroll device button next to your phone. It is worth notable that doing so will wipe all data on your device, so be sure to back up your Android phone first.