May 12, 2017 04:41 AM EDT
Google has drawn the end-line to the Android Nougat Beta, just a few days ahead of its annual developer conference, the Google I/O 2017. The company has also announced that the Android O Beta Program would soon begin on their Android beta website.
Till now, Google had been providing Beta versions of the Android Nougat as well as the early Developer Preview version of the Android O. The Developer Preview was released for hardware like Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel C and Pixel XL in late March. However, Nexus and Pixel users say that the Developer Preview is not really aimed at public consumption; hence they are waiting for the Android O Beta.
In an update on the Android beta website, Google said that the Android Nougat Beta has now concluded and the Android O Beta will be made available soon. The post also suggested developers and Android enthusiasts to download the full OTA image of the Android Nougat on their devices and sideload it. The post also mentions that this won't wipe the concerned devices.
The Android O is the next major Android version and a lot is expected out of it. While Google has not officially announced much about the Android O, the Developer Preview has dropped certain hints about the software improvements and new features.
As reported by Gadgets 360, the Android O Developer Preview brought in features like Notification Channels and Adaptive Icons, as well as more control over the background limits for apps to ensure better economy of the battery life. Also, Android O Beta users can expect native picture-in-picture mode, high-resolution audio and support of Autofill apps.
Other features of the new OS version include improved keyboard navigation, wide-gamut color for apps and a faster Android runtime. The Android O Beta can also be more accessible and easier to install than the Developer Preview releases.
It is safe to assume that Google will start pushing the Android O Beta pretty soon. The search giant is expected to unveil the features of Android O at its developer conference in San Francisco this month.
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