Google has announced the 4th and final Android O preview for developers today and has confirmed that the new Android OS will be launched soon as they’re putting ‘the finishing touches’ on the platform.
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The latest version of its mobile operating system which was unveiled at Google I/O conference this year, will be launched later this summer and given that the company is already ready for it, the launch might just come next month in August.
“This is the final preview before we launch the official Android O platform to consumers later this summer. Take this opportunity to wrap up your testing and publish your updates soon, to give users a smooth transition to Android O,” the company stated.
Those who already have their devices enrolled in the Android Beta program will receive the latest Developer preview within the next few days. If you want to check out the upcoming feature, you can join the Beta program here.
The Developer Preview build is meant for app developers to get their apps up to speed to support the next Android OS.
The preview builds also give these developers time to test their app with the new code in order to ensure they’re ready when the operating system starts rolling out for the public.
“Developer Preview 4 is a release candidate build of Android O that you can use to complete your development and testing in time for the upcoming official release. It includes the final system behaviours, the latest bug fixes and optimisations, and the final APIs (API level 26) already available since Developer Preview 3,”
This update contains a stable version of the Android 26.0.0 Support Library, device system images, updates to SDK, tools and Android Emulator system images. The latter three will be made available in the next few days.
The company has also given an update to the Android Testing Support Library which now includes features like Android Test Orchestrator, Multiprocess Expresso and more.
Note for Developers: For more details on how to enhance your apps with Android O features and APIs, speed your development with Android Studio and publish your updates to Google Play, click here.