Google rolling out Android O beta program soon

09 May, 2017, 02:28 | Author: Kristi Walker
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Android O is already available in an early developer version.

The announcement was made by the company as an update to the Android Beta website, and accordingly, it wrote, "Thank you for your interest in the Android Beta Programme". When the time comes, those interested in joining the Android O beta program will be able to sign up to receive these versions of Android O via an OTA update.

Google introduced the program, among others like Editor's Choice, as part of its efforts to encourage development of high quality and innovative applications for its then-nascent Android platform.

Developers subscribed to the new Developer Preview are now in "Preview 1", which is basically an alpha phase. With over 750,000 new samples discovered in Q1 analysts predict we'll see 3.5 million new infected Android apps over 2017. Incidentally, Google's I/O 2017 developer conference takes place from May 17-19 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California.

Be Wary Of Third Party Apps - Third Party apps, which haven't been vetted by the Google Play app store are another way Android users can frequently put themselves at risk for infection. Patches and updates often have to go through an OEM partner first, before they are pushed to the phone. Consequently, no further Nougat updates will be available for Pixel and Nexus devices in the coming days. And from that point, the race will be on for OEMs to distribute their "massaged" Android O images to consumers. Now, Google says a full beta test of Android O will begin soon, and that means the Android Nougat beta is now closed. They add, if a given device was running an older version of Android, it would not necessarily be protected from emerging threats that were addressed in later versions.

Android O brings a number of new features to the table including picture-in-picture, background app limits, notification channels, and adaptive icons.



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