Download: Android O Developer Preview 1 Here, Available To Flash Now

Google has announced the first Android O developer preview for all compatible Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C and Nexus Player devices. Here are a few detailing the high points in newly released Android O Developer Preview 1, and not everything. The first developer preview of Android O is for developers and not intended for daily or consumer use. Before you go download and flash it, see the release notes before installing it on your device.

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First and foremost, Android O Developer Preview 1 is now available to download for those that are seeking to get their hands on the latest version of Android mobile OS, a software that Google has been working on. O-MG, that’s being said, this version of the software update is a very earliest stage that’s been made available to those developers who have some time to work with the software and test it out so they can prepare their apps for the changes.

The system images for the first developer preview of Android O are available to grab for all of those devices as of now so if you’re eager to get things started it’s entirely possible to do so. In case, if you are planning on downloading and flashing the Android O Developer Preview 1 system images, then Google also provides a handy little set of instructions (step-by-step guide) on how to install following the tips, will help you with the flashing process. Although this new version of Android O isn;t intended for daily use by consumers it could still serve as a great way to take a look inside the software and check out what Android O has to offer.

You are now able to download Android 8.0 O Developer Preview 1 as a factory image file, find more details on the installation at the bottom of this post. Once again, it’s important to note that Android O, which is available to download is in its current form – strictly meant for developers only and should be avoided on primary devices.

As far as new feature treat, Android O brings background limiting for apps running in the backend, picture-in-picture mode to smartphones and tablets, wide-gamut color support for apps, adaptive app icons, new notification channels, and much more.

In brief, Google detailed some of the biggest changes coming to Android smartphones & tablets with version O. In a blogpost today, Google doesn’t named the version number yet but will likely get 8.0 on release:

Background limits: Building on the work we began in Nougat, Android O puts a big priority on improving a user’s battery life and the device’s interactive performance. To make this possible, we’ve put additional automatic limits on what apps can do in the background, in three main areas: implicit broadcasts, background services, and location updates. These changes will make it easier to create apps that have minimal impact on a user’s device and battery. Background limits represent a significant change in Android, so we want every developer to get familiar with them. Check out the documentation on background execution limits and background location limits for details.

Notification channels: Android O also introduces notification channels, which are new app-defined categories for notification content. Channels let developers give users fine-grained control over different kinds of notifications — users can block or change the behavior of each channel individually, rather than managing all of the app’s notifications together.

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The changes that are most likely to get users excited about and ready for the new version 8.0 to come to their Android phones, but still requires a lot of work from developers to support the new changes. At least in first Developer Preview, there’s very little to ‘show’ here – it’s mostly framework and API changes that let developers create better experiences when running apps on Android 0.

How to download? As mentioned earlier, Android O is currently only available on select Nexus and Pixel devices, and is strictly meant for developers only. Also, Google currently only offering it as a factory image file that can be obtained easily, then, will need to flash on your device. It might some to Android Beta Program later but for now, you will have to install it the old school way.

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