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A few weeks ago, Google announced the Android O Beta program at the Google I/O 2017. Ever since then, people cannot resist talking about this new preview. Android O is the latest beta of Android and comes with pretty nifty features.

Let’s begin by seeing how you can install Android O-beta in your phone first!

How to enroll in Android O Beta?

Installing Android O is pretty simple. However, you have to note that because it is beta you should expect a lot of crashes and bugs; so it is not very much recommended to install it on a device you use as a daily driver.

However, if you cannot keep your hands off Google’s new OS here’s what you need to do to get the beta:

  1. ( Optional but recommended) Backup all your documents and data that is in your phone.
  2. Head over to Google Android O Beta Program
  3. Sign in to your account and let google detect if you have a compatible device. Ensure you have a good internet connection and then hit proceed.
  4. That’s it. Enjoy your Android O Beta!

The phones which are eligible for the beta program are Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X.

What are some of the new features in Android O Beta?

Now let’s quickly discuss some brand new cool features!

  1. Picture-in-Picture

Personally, this is my favorite new addition.What’s up with this PIP (Picture-in-Picture) mode? PIP mode lets you watch videos (as of now only available for YouTube) while you work within other apps. In addition to that, you can make videos fly across your entire screen. Isn’t it cool?

  1. Notification dots

Notification dots will show dots in icons of apps if you receive a notification in the app. For instance, if someone likes your picture on FB a small dot will be displayed next to the app icon. What’s more, interesting you can long press the app icon to perform quick actions! If you ever used iOS, you must be familiar with something like this.

  1. Autofills

Do you always forget your password? Wasn’t it efficient that Chrome used to remember it and log you in whenever you needed to enter the password? Google is bringing this capability to Android. Now your phone can remember the password to specific apps and log you in whenever needed!

When will the final version be released?

It has not been decided as to when will Android O come out. However, if we follow the trend, Google has been following we could say the final version will be released along with a new Pixel, somewhere in October.

Are you excited for Android O Beta? Let us know in the comments below!


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