Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL: How to Get Android 8.0 Oreo Ahead of Everyone
The new Android 8.0 Oreo was unveiled a couple of days ago during the lunar eclipse. Even though Android 8.0 Oreo is officially unveiled, this doesn’t mean that it will roll out immediately. However, eager Android fans can enlist in Google’s Beta Program and receive access to the new operating system ahead of everyone else. Today we’re going to go over the requirements needed in order to become an Android beta tester.
As the program’s name implies, it is exclusive to Android users. There are many Android powered smartphones but not all of them are eligible to enlist in Google’s Beta Program. Nonetheless, these are the only smartphones that are allowed to enter the program: Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C.
This is obvious but we still need to mention it, beta testers will install experimental software on their smartphones. Therefore, the software might include bugs which can cause the smartphone to malfunction. This is the reason why performing a full data backup before entering the program is a wise decision.
Android Beta Program
The last step towards becoming a Google beta tester is to access the official Android Beta Program website and select a Google account. From there on, choose an account and an eligible device which will be enrolled. The last step is to read the terms and accept them. In addition, Google warns everyone with this following notification “updates you’ll receive as a part of this program are pre-released versions, and may contain errors and defects that can affect the normal functioning of your device”.
Once enrolled in Google’s Android Beta Program, OTA (over the air) updates will start arriving every four to six weeks. Last but not least, we need to let interested Android users know that they can always opt out the program by clicking the “Unroll Device” on the official Android Beta Program page.