Google launches Android O Developer Preview 4 with final system behaviors

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 24, 2017

"This is the final preview before we launch the official Android O platform to consumers later this summer". The company has today released Android O Developer Preview 4, featuring "near-final system images" for its compatible Pixel and Nexus devices. 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 with all developer preview updates, we can not recommend that you install the Android O Developer Preview 4 on your smartphone or tablet if you are unwilling to deal with bugs.

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 update includes final system behaviors, more bug fixes and optimizations, and the final APIs.

If you have been uncertain about what the beta version of this Android O would do to your phone, well, this latest version presents you the best chance of getting into the program.

If you prefer the over-the-air (OTA) update process and are enrolled in the Android Beta Program, you'll receive your update "in the next few days". The quickest way is to download the latest system image, which can be obtained from Google's dev site. Google is also releasing the stable version of the Android Support Library 26.0.0 (available from its Maven repository) and a new version of Android Testing Support Library that brings features like Android Test Orchestrator and Multiprocess Espresso.

The Google Play store is now also open for apps that are compiled against the latest API.

Google has also promised significant Bluetooth audio improvements for Pixel and Nexus users. To get it, you can enroll here.

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