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Android O release imminent with today's final Preview

Android O release imminent with today's final Preview

For instance, Android 4.3 and 4.4 Jellybean's Easter egg involved a ton of jellybeans scattered on your screen that you could move around.

Google today announced that Android O Developer Preview 4 is now rolling out to supported devices. Before that can happen, though, we need to cover what's in Developer Preview 4.

While we still don't know what dessert will lend its name to Google's next mobile OS version, it's clear that we're getting closer than ever to the release of Android O (also known as Android 8.0.0).




Since little is expected to change between Developer Preview 4 and the full release of Android O, developers can also use this build to test their app and ensure everything is functioning properly. At this time, however, the search giant has only publicly committed to launching Android O by the end of the summer (the last official day of summer is September 22, FYI). Developer Preview 2 followed in May, and then Developer Preview 3 in June. You can enroll in the Android Beta Program right here if you're not already in it. The Easter egg can be found by going to Settings - System - About phone - Android version, and when you see the "O" logo, hold it until the octopus appears. The latest DP4 "includes the final system behaviors, the latest bug fixes and optimizations, and the final APIs (API level 26)", Google has said.

The as-yet-named Android O (Oreo, anyone?) includes a number of new features such as autofill, adaptive launcher icons, picture-in-picture, improved notifications, support for Wi-Fi Aware and more.

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