Google starts Android Beta Program for OTA access to dev previews: how to enroll now

Today’s big smartphone news is undoubtedly Google’s unexpected release of the Android N developer preview, and even this early-year distribution aside, there’s more that’s new about how Google is connecting devs with in-development Android builds this time around. Traditionally, you could get started with an Android preview release by downloading the appropriate system image for your Nexus phone or tablet and manually flashing the file over your existing Android installation. For seasoned Android devs, that’s no problem at all, but why not make something easier if you can? To that end, Google also announced its Android Beta Program, making the installation of pre-release software as easy as getting an OTA update. We’ve been waiting in the hours since for that to go live, and it looks like it just has.

Visit the source link below and you can register as many or as few of your Nexus devices as you’d like in the Android Beta Program. Shortly thereafter (it could take up to a day), you’ll see your OTA update notification arrive, ready to install the dev preview on your hardware.

Going forward, Google says that new updates to the dev preview should land every four to six weeks – and when those get here, you’ll be right on top of them, with notifications letting you know they’re ready to install.

If you change your mind and decide to go back to stable Android releases, you can unenroll your hardware just as easily as enrolling, after which those devices will get new OTA updates that restore them to the latest public release. Doing so will scrub your phone or tablet of personal data, though, so make sure you’re properly backed up first.

Source: Google

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