Google Releases Final Android O Developer Preview

James Marshall
July 25, 2017

Google is ready to release Android O later this summer, which means we are nearly at the end of the development process. A new version of the Android Testing Support Library is also on the way with several new features to streamline application testing.

If you're not a developer, you can always install the final preview using the Android Beta program.

"As we put the finishing touches on the Android O platform, today we're rolling out Developer Preview 4 to help you make sure your apps are ready", Google VP of Engineering Dave Burke writes.

It's been almost two months since Google last released a new Android O Developer Preview update, but today that drought is finally ending.

According to Google, Developer Preview 4 is a "release candidate", meaning that despite it still being aimed at developers, early adopters and beta testers should feel comfortable loading it on a production device. This quarter ends on September 30th and we saw Android 7.0 Nougat officially launched on August 22nd so we're expecting it to land around the same time this year as well. As usual, the preview is available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and the Android Emulator. The update includes the stable version of Android 26.0.0 Support Library, as well as updates to the SDK and Android Emulator.

Android O offers of a slew of new features including background limits, notification channels and dots, Autofill APIs, Picture in Picture, XML font resources, downloadable fonts, emoji compatibility, autosizing textview, adaptive icons, Webview enhancements, AAudio API, high-quality Bluetooth audio codecs, wide-gamut color for apps, and Google Play Protect, as well as Java 8 APIs and runtime optimizations. If you've got a device that's enrolled in the Android Beta Program, you should receive this update in the coming days. Follow the link below.

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