Google has released the third Developer Preview for Android O. Thanks to now final APIs, developers can develop without concern for further changes to the platform. The new preview is available for download as a Factory Image or OTA update for users of the beta program. Pixel and Nexus are supported.
Final release in the third quarter
Half-time for Android O: Google’s third developer preview of the new operating system is the focus of the development phase. Between July and October, there will be a last Developer Preview before the third quarter of the final release of Android O will take place. Only three weeks ago, Google had released the second developer preview and first version for the beta program. The first developer preview had Google released in March.
Android O support for pixels and three Nexus
The beta program is for many users the easiest method to try out Android O on a pixel or Nexus. A compatible device can be registered in a matter of seconds via a Google web page, and you will receive a notification prompting you to update to Android O. Registering for the Android Betaprogramm from Android O is for users of Google Pixel, Pixel XL (Test) , Pixel C (Test), Nexus 6P (Test), Nexus 5X (Test) and Nexus Player.
Alternatively, manual flashing is again possible, which is equivalent to a new installation. However, a backup is recommended in both cases. For this purpose, Google provides Factory Images, which must be transferred to the device using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB).
Finished APIs help developers
In order for developers to be able to program their applications fully compatible with Android O, it requires final APIs that Google provides with the current release. Apps can now be customized to include new features such as picture-in-picture, app-icon notifications, or the new Autofill options for copy and paste. The functionality of Android O has changed little with the third Developer Preview. For example, the Android Police page has identified a new design for media notifications. A list of the remaining errors can be found here.
Android O is version 8.0.0
Which name Android O will wear is still unknown. A frequently speculative name is Oreo. With the current version is already the once so far unknown version number: It is as generally expected Android 8.0.0.