Today, Google has officially rolled out the Android O Developer Preview 3 to developers. This version comes with the final Android O APIs build, which gives developers a chance to ensure if their apps are ready for the public release of the Android O without having to worry about any more changes that may occur in the Android O APIs.
Developers are advised to make their apps work with Android O. Apps for O should handle the changes properly, they should focus on background limits and changes in networking, security and identifiers. Once your app is updated with compatible changes, you will be able to upload your apps to Google Play without changing the app’s platform. If you have your app work well on older versions, you can then target API 26 in you alpha, or channels production on Google Play depending on your requirements.
The final API 26 SDK can be downloaded from the SDK Manager in Android Studio.
Android O Developer Preview 3 System Images
The Developer Preview 3 has started rolling out for supported devices in the Android Beta program, including Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus Player. The update will hit those devices via over-the-air (OTA) update system
The Android O Developer Preview 3 is recommended for developers and is not targeted towards public users. As it’s still in the beta stage, there are some bugs happening in the daily use. Google also mentions that system and app performance might be periodically slow on the device and the apps can get unresponsive. Battery life also drain quite fast as normal, which is again something that is not expected in Developer Previews. So Google advises you to think carefully before flashing the Android O Developer Preview update on your supported device.
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