Unless you are living in a cave, there is no way that you missed out on the grand news that Google decided to surprise just about, every single one of us with a Preview release of Android N, the next iteration of Android. Along with announcing the Android N update, Google has also announced the Android Beta Program, a bit like what Apple has done with iOS and OSX, in order to get immediate feedback from the users before it rolls the update out to everyone.
You can be a part of the Android Beta Program and using it try out the first preview build of the Android N. The only restriction is that you need to be on some very specific set of Android devices in order to do that. Currently, Google is supporting only the following devices:
- Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player
- Pixel C
- General Mobile 4G (Android One)
If you have any of the above devices, you can go ahead and try out Android N, by simply visiting the beta program here. Once you open the page, you will be required input your Google ID using which, you must be signed into one of the above-mentioned devices. The device will be detected and you will be asked to enroll your phone. Once you do that, you will receive an OTA update with Android N. Given that this is a Preview build, Google also, will allow you to rollback to Marshmallow. All you need to do is, go back to the link, sign in and un-enroll yourself from the program. Google will send you an OTA with the last stable released ROM for your Nexus device and you will be good to roll back.
We have been trying out Android N for a couple of hours and love the support for Multi windows, new Notifications Bar, all new Settings, the Night Mode and slightly improvised battery. Pretty much all the applications, that we use in our daily work-life, seem to be working just as well. We will be writing more on Android N in the coming days.