How to Get Android O Early

At the Google I/O 2017 developers conference, Google announced the first public beta of Android O, the latest major update to the mobile operating system. The revision packs improved battery life, performance and notifications, and the installation is far easier than before.

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The one catch, though, is that it's still limited to a select set of devices. So the only users downloading Android O will be the proud owners of Google's Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus Player devices.

On the upside, this public beta is far easier to put on a device than the difficult-to-install developers beta released in March. So, here's how regular, everyday Android users can give their devices the latest version of the operating system.

How to Install Android O

First, on your compatible device, open your web browser, navigate to http://g.co/androidbeta and sign into your Google account. Then, scroll down the following page and find the Eligible devices section, and tap the Enroll Device button.

Next, check the "I agree to the terms of the beta program" box, and tap Join Beta. You'll then see a message on your device confirming that you've registered that device in the Android Beta program.

Before you tap "Download" in the System Update Available notification, you'll want to make sure the information on your device is backed up. If you decide to roll your device back from O at any point, you'll need to wipe the device, erasing its data.

Once you've tapped Download, though, just follow the on-screen instructions to install Android O. Remember, this is a Beta version, so it may have some rough edges and you might experience some hiccups. Such is the price of the privilege of early access.

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