How to get Android O on your phone right now

android o - How to get Android O on your phone right now

Having just shown it off again at I/O 2017, Google has a public beta of the next version update of Android O available for Pixel and Nexus devices.

Google typically announces the Android preview during its Google I/O developer conference held annually in May. In 2017 – for the second year running – the developer preview was made available early so many could test Android O before launch.

A public beta is a “work in progress” build that is released prior to a consumer rollout of the final software. Google offers the beta to collect and incorporate user feedback.

The aim is really to tease out problems with specific devices and allow developers to update apps to support O’s new features or changes, if there are any.

In the initial phases Google is offering Android O for:

So far there’s no mention of any other handsets. Unlike last year, Google hasn’t included any non-Nexus/Pixel phones. Saying that, we wouldn’t rule out seeing another phone or two being included, particularly on the budget end of the scale, to test Android Go, the company’s version of O designed for less powerful, affordable phones.


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LastPass users, here’s what to expect in Android O

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The company details what using LastPass will be like in Android’s next tasty iteration.

Do you use LastPass? And do you plan to use Android O on your device? In a lengthy blog post, LastPass detailed what to expect from the password manager now that Android will offer auto-fill capabilities across the entire operating system.

From its blog:

Here at LastPass, the hands-down, most-exciting part of Android O is Autofill APIs. Users running Android O will save tons of typing time and stay more organized thanks to Autofill APIs.

Autofill More than Passwords

Using LastPass on Android makes you more secure, but it also saves you time. You don’t have to spend time typing lengthy passwords in your browser or your favorite apps. Autofill APIs are going to let us save you even more time on your Android device, because we’ll be able to help you fill in more than just passwords. The Autofill Framework lets apps like LastPass recognize credit card forms and addresses as you come across them. If you’ve got that information stored in your vault, we’ll be able to safely fill it for you.


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