Android O Beta Program launches for Nexus and Pixel devices

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Nearly two months after launching an Android O Developer Preview, Google is letting us regular folks try Android O, too.

Google today launched the Android O Beta Program, giving owners of select devices the chance to try Android O before it launches to the public later this year. The devices that are eligible for the Android O Beta Program include the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player.

If you’ve got one of the eligible devices, you can enroll it in the Android Beta Program by pointing your web browser right here. Once enrolled, your device should receive a software update within 24 hours.

While the updates included with this Android O Beta Program are likely more stable that the ones offered in the Android O Developer Preview, this is still a beta that you’ll be testing. That means that software could be buggy, so you may want to think about that before enrolling your daily driver into the Android O Beta Program.

Google has only announced a handful of new Android O features so far. Those include a focus on improving battery life by utilizing new automatic limits on app background performance, picture-in-picture support while watching video, adaptive icons, and more.

Are you going to try the Android O Beta Program?

Source: Android Beta Program

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  • AP Mustard

    Limiting the resources background processes have access to? Who could have imagined such an idea!

    • KrisKordova

      Really though. Android’s way of RAM management can be problematic because of this & not flawless as many try to claim it is. Not really an issue with Nougat for whatever reason, but it was for sure with my Marshmallow devices. Clearing the RAM w/ Samsung’s built in task/ram management was the only way to get things moving.

      Snapchat was one of the biggest offenders regarding being in the background yet hogging excessive processing resources.

  • Paul Sousa

    Downloading now!

  • They_Call_Me_Bruce

    Does T mobile still offer the bill credits if you buy a Pixel?

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  • Juan Herrera

    Is anyone else running O in a 6P? I have poor battery life and at times the phone is sluggish. I updated to build version 019 on Friday and the battery seems to be a bit better but still requires a recharge before I get home from work.