Download Android N Beta (Developer Preview 3) For Your Device Now
It’s Google I/O 2016 week, which means we have been treated to a new developer preview build of the Android N software that has been around in early alpha for a couple of months now. The update, which carries the Developer Preview 3 name, and is deemed as a stable beta now instead of alpha, can be downloaded now for the Nexus 6P, 6, 5X, 9, Pixel C, Xperia Z3, Nexus Player, and some Android One devices.
Available via the new-fangled OTA update method that the initial Android N developer program release ushered in, this update is expected to bring with it stability updates as well as new features that were debuted at I/O 2016. Those who prefer to get their updates the old fashioned way can also download the update files and flash them manually, should they so wish. No previous version of Android N needs to be on the device for that to work, it should be noted.
While developer previews are not usually for the feint of heart, Google has actually taken the unprecedented step of suggesting developers install this new release on their main phones, which many would argue is simply asking for trouble.
Developers have historically used devices that are just for development purposes when trying out beta releases of Android, but with Google now apparently very confident that its beta version of N operating system is almost ready for the big stage, it may just be worth trying out now, though we will still recommend installing on test devices only until the final release this fall.
Those that do update will get the aforementioned fixes, as well as an early version of the Daydream VR dev tools, amongst other things. If you’re brave or simply have a development device handy that you can sacrifice to Android N, go and update now.