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Google introduces Android O Beta Program

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Even as Google released the Android O Developer Preview earlier this year, the company has now officially unveiled the Android O Beta Program at the on-going Google I/O 2017 Developer Conference.

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Google has introduced the Android O Beta Program for the next version of the Android OS. Like the Android N Beta Program, this would let anyone with a supported device test the next release of the operating system before its development is finalized. The registrations for the program have begun and you can enroll your device for the program by visiting the Android beta registration page.

While the first Android O Beta build is expected to arrive today, there would be another two builds coming in June and July, before the official version is released. Currently the program can be availed only by users using the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Huawei Nexus 6P, LG Nexus 5X and Asus Nexus Player.

The Android O version brings several new features such as notification channels, PIP, adaptive icons, along with some of the new APIs — autofill, font resources in XML, auto sizing TextView, WebView enhancements. However, the (dessert) name of the version would be revealed at the time of the launch but we are assuming it to be Oreo.

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