It won’t be too long until you’re looking at Android O on your phone or tablet. Google shared its tentative schedule for the new version’s milestones, and it put the final release in the third quarter of 2017. Up until then, the Android O Developer Preview will see at least three updates. It’s all to ensure Android O is ready for the platform’s massive number of users.
On its Program Overview page, Google revealed how it expects Android O to go from its launch today to its release in the second half of 2017.
This is the tentative schedule for Android O, set by Google:
- Developer Preview 1 for mid-March
- Initial release, alpha
- Developer Preview 2 for mid-May
- Incremental update, beta
- Developer Preview 3 for mid-June
- Final APIs and official SDK, Google Play publishing
- Developer Preview 4 for mid-July
- Near-final system images for final testing
- Final Release for Q3 2017
- Final release to AOSP and ecosystem
Select devices made by Google are actually able to run Android O today, but we agree with the company’s recommendation that only developers give the Developer Preview a try. Developers need to start working with the new version of Android to tweak and tailor their apps when the final release occurs. For non-developers, we suggest avoiding the Developer Preview until the third or fourth edition.
Source: Android Developers