Android Nougat isn’t even a year old, but people are already looking forward to getting their hands on Android O. This isn’t really surprising since the upcoming update — which will reportedly be called “Oreo” — is expected to bring several interesting new features as well as much-awaited performance improvements.
Unfortunately, if you’re one of those who are excited to get Android O, you’ll have to wait for a few months before you can get the final, stable release, which is expected to arrive in Q3 of 2017. The good news is that you can get a sneak peek at the upcoming Android OS version by signing up for the Android O beta program.
How to Sign Up
First things first: you can only join the beta program if you have the right device. If you have a Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, or Nexus Player, you’re good to go. Otherwise, you won’t be able to register as a beta tester. You also have to make sure that your device is connected to your Google account so you can proceed with the beta program enrollment.
It’s also important to note that Android O beta isn’t perfect, just like most betas. This means that you can expect to run into bugs and other issues along the way. But that’s the essence of being a beta tester: it’s your job to spot these problems and report them to Google so they’ll get fixed before the final version is released to the public.
Pro tip: Tech experts recommend that you back up your data before signing up to become a beta tester. You can never predict what would happen but, when you have a backup of your files, you can easily retrieve them in case something goes wrong.
Once you’re ready, you can complete your registration by taking these steps:
- Go to android.com/beta.
- Sign in with the Google account that’s connected to your Android device.
- A list of your eligible devices will appear. Select the device you want to use for beta testing, then click/tap on the “Enroll Device” button.
Once you’ve taken these steps, the device you’ve enrolled in beta testing will receive a notification confirming your enrollment. Google will then send you an OTA update so you can download and install the beta version of Android O. You’ll also automatically receive any future beta updates as they become available.
Is the Beta Program Worth Your Time?
As mentioned above, beta versions almost always come with bugs and aren’t really that reliable. But, according to beta testers, the current version of Android O beta has become relatively stable and dependable after Google rolled out the second OTA update for it. There are still a few performance issues here and there but, all in all, it’s stable enough to be used for your daily driver. So the answer to the question above is Yes: signing up for the beta program is definitely worth your time and effort, especially if you’re really interested in giving Android O a try.
Read our post on the features that you can expect to get from Android O, then sign up to become a beta tester by taking the steps above.