Google has started rolling out Android O (Oreo) v 8.0 first Beta release for public, which is available via OTA update to install on compatible models of Nexus and Pixel smartphone to enable users get the first glimpse and taste of the next version of the most popular mobile firmware in the world.
Google’s Android O Beta 1 was released at the annual I/O conference. Previously only developer preview version of the Android O a few months ago, you can see our guide on how to manually install Android O developer preview on Nexus and Pixel devices. If you want to install latest Beta of the Android Oreo along with Android O launcher, then keep on reading the instructions in this post.
This new beta update basically brings most of the features already released in the previous update along with some new improvements, bug and error fixed that were highlighted by the users of the developer preview version of the Android O.
Android O (Oreo) Features
Google announced that the Android O firmware update is mainly focusing on two key aspects of mobile experience: seamless experience, and Vitals. Seamless, fluid experience is based feature that are aimed to enhance productivity and overall experience that includes Picture-in-picture mode, Notifications Dots, Autofill, Smart Text Selection, and others.
Notification Dots features changes app icon into a circular dot, signifying that a notification is lying there to be read. Tap and hold on the icon to see a preview screen showing incoming notification for the app.
Picture-in-picture mode was also available in the developer preview and has been given a slight change in the new beta update to facilitate multitasking. When enabled, you will be able to write an email while the Duo call showing you the video of the caller in a separate pinned screen.
On the other hand, Vitals for Android O primarily concerns with the improvement in the battery life and increase in speed on devices with low-spec hardware.
Although the latest version of the Android O firmware is still in beta but you can still go ahead and install it on your smartphone. See a list of compatible devices below to find out it your phone can run new beta update of Android Oreo. If you own a compatible device, follow the steps below to install it on your device.
List of Android O Beta Compatible Devices
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus Player
- Pixel C
- Pixel XL
If your device is compatible, then follow the steps below to register with Android O Beta program and install beta update via OTA update method.
How to Install Android O 8.0 Beta Update on Android Devices
1 – Go to the Android Beta Program webpage by visiting this link at google.com/android/beta.
2 – Login with your Google account and follow instructions to enroll in the Android Beta Program. Do note that this is an early version and could contain some bugs and errors.
3 – Next, enroll your device in the beta program for receiving OTA (over-the-air) updates. For that, tap the Enroll device button next to your device model.
4 – On the next page, you will be shown a disclaimer page detailing information about the beta program. Tap the ‘I agree’ button in the popup and then tap Join Beta button.
5 – Once your device is enrolled, wait for the Android Oreo OTA update notification to arrive on your phone. To check the update, go to Settings > About phone > System updates option.
6 – Next, tap on the Check for update option to check for the beta OTA update for your device that is registered on the Android O beta program.
7 – If the update is available, simply download it like any other Android OTA update.
8 – That’s all.
If the above method doesn’t appeal to you then you can head over to the Google’s developer site at developer.android.com to download Android O beta files and flash it manually by following instructions in this guide here.