Google these days launched the fourth and final developer preview of Android O, the most recent version of its mobile OS. as expected, there are no major changes in this release and, according to Google, the launch of android O remains on track for later this summer. There’s still some time left before the official end of the summer (that’s September 22, just in case you wondered), but providing android nougat was on a very similar schedule, I expect we’ll see a final release in August.
The final apis for android O arrived with the third preview release, so today’s update is all about incremental updates and stability. All of the main android SDKs, tools and the android emulator will get minor version bumps in the next few days and the android Support Library (version 26.0.0) is currently considered stable, but, like before, the main focus here is on ensuring that developers will check their apps before the final version rolls out to users.
For users and developers, the new edition of android brings higher notifications support across the OS, picture-in-picture support, autofill and more. There are also new options that are meant to optimize your phone’s battery. Whereas none of the changes are revolutionary, automaton developers ought to in all probability check their apps on android O as presently as attainable (even if they don’t commit to support the new features). To do so, they also should update to the most recent version of android Studio, Google’s IDE for writing android apps.
The Google Play store is now also open for apps that are compiled against the newest API.
The android O developer preview is available as an over-the-air update for normal users, too (assuming you're brave enough to run pre-release software on your phone). It’s available for Google’s pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and the Nexus Player. To get it, you can enroll here.
Last year’s update, android nougat, currently has around 11.5 % market share in the android system. It’s no secret that it takes the android system quite a while to adapt new OS versions, however with a considerable variety of Google’s own pixel phones in the market now, it’s probably a decent plan for developers to jump on the android O bandwagon soon.