Google’s developers for Android announced Android O Developer Preview 3 is now available for download and use by developers or those who want to start testing the new version of Android. Although there does not seem to be much on the surface that jumps out for potential consumer users that was not otherwise known, other important milestones have been reached and the new release reveals some other interesting information about Android O like the version number and potential release date.
Along with the latest developer preview, Google is rolling out the final APIs, level 26, with this release. With the APIs finalized, app developers can start compiling their apps and making them available through Google Play. This means any consumers who may be participating in the Android beta program can also get access to updated apps if developers proceed with updating their apps. Following the current framework, developers can make their apps available through alpha, beta or production channels in the Google Play Store.
Developers will also find that they can get the new Android Studio 3.0 through the canary channel. Google recommends using this new version to get access to new features and tools like the Kotlin programming language, support for XML fonts, an Adaptive Icon Wizard, and support for Instant Apps.
Besides the release of new versions and tools for Android O, test builds using this latest release reveal that Google has in fact updated Android to version 8.0.0 for the next release. For normal consumers who want to wait for official, final versions to be made available, Google’s developers indicate a final preview build is expected in July and the official release of Android O is scheduled to happen before the end of summer.
If you are inclined to give Android O a try now that it is getting close to the final version and should be fairly stable, you can do so on a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or Nexus Player.