Last year, Google allowed developers to download early previews of Android Lollipop onto their Nexus devices before the software went public. In doing so Google could obtain huge amounts of feedback from developers and hypothetically have a much more stable and bug-free build of Lollipop ready for the public upon release. This was obviously a benefit to Google, but developers also benefited from this because they were able to try the latest and greatest features of Android before anyone else. However, there was one caveat to this for developers. They had to flash a new system image onto their Nexus device to get the developer preview. Granted, flashing a Nexus device is significantly easier than any other device, it can still be a daunting task for many.
Well, today Google eliminated this potentially daunting task for developers who wish to try the developer preview of Android N, which was released just earlier this morning. Google did so with the new Android Beta Program, a program that allows developers to receive the developer preview of N via an OTA download on their Nexus device. Yes, that’s right, you can now get beta versions of Android via OTA updates, just like any other update to Android. And the best part is that if the beta gets updated you will just receive a new OTA update. Also, let’s say that you’re running the latest Android N beta and then Google releases the first stable build to the public. There is no extra work on your part, you will just get an OTA update to the stable build just like everybody else not on the beta. Absolutely no flashing is involved at any point.
If you are currently rocking a Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel C, or Nexus Player and want to try out this new beta program, just follow the link below. This will take you straight to the Android Beta Program page where you can sign up for the program and get an OTA update to the Android N beta on your device.