Having made the stable build of Android 7.1.2 Nougat available to those who are part of the Android beta programme, Google has started to increase focus on the development of its next mobile operating system. The search engine giant has ended the Android Nougat beta releases, declaring it will now concentrate on Android O.
The programme page has been updated to promise ‘Android O Beta coming soon’. Although no dates are given, it could be released around the same time as the second developer preview.
Although the first Android O developer preview has already been released, the beta programme – which is likely to be available for Nexus and Pixel hardware – will generate a wider scope of interest.
The purpose of the beta programme is not to make stable builds of Android O available, but the releases should still be much less bug-ridden than those that are aimed at developers. As a result, some ardent Android enthusiasts will be prepared to run the Android O betas on the devices they use daily.