Google has started rolling out Android O developer preview version 3 which has confirmed that Android O is going to be Android 8.0, and not Android 7.2 as the ‘About phone’ section in the preview version suggests so. However, the final stable build of the same is expected to be out later this year.
The Google’s Android O Beta version is available for general users as well. However, only a few selected Google smartphones including- the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Google Pixel, and Pixel XL.
If you have any of the eligible devices then simply head over to google.com/android/beta and signup through your Google account. Once you are done with this, just add your device to Google Android O Beta list, and an Over the air update will be sent to your smartphone.
Although the update will retain the user data, it is highly recommended to take a backup before flashing the new OS. Moreover, as it is a beta ROM, you might come across tons of bugs and app crashes. Also, the existing apps might stop working with Android O., So you might want to downgrade your Android back to a stable version. You have an option to do that as well. But, again, make sure to take a backup before you do so.
Apparently, Apple also announced iOS 11 in WWDC and it looks great and is committed to making iPhones and iPads a lot more user-friendly. Although Google didn’t unwrap all the features of Android O, it seems to offer much more than iOS 11.
The Android O offers improved battery performance by limiting background apps. Features like picture-in-picture for Google apps will also be available in the Android O. The notification panel also looks much better in the new Android version.
The stable version of Android O is not going to be released any soon. The same will most probably be rolled out by the end of this year.