A little bit out of fashion with the most recent Android version software, Google launched the developer preview for Android N before their annual Google I/O developer conference when in past years they launched the preview during the event. So far Google has released two versions of the developer preview, and today Google has launched the third developer preview build for users, with a promise to launch the public version of Android N later in the year. Between now and the final release of N, Google also plans to launch a fourth and a fifth build of the N preview. In addition to this Google has stated that this is the first version of the N preview that is beta quality status, which means the stability of the build should be quite a bit better and make it possible to use as daily driver software. This makes sense as Google reclassified the Android N Dev Preview 2 as an Alpha status software build just yesterday.
There are likely to be quite a few new additions and changes to the latest Android N build, such as the new Daydream feature that was recently announced at I/O, as well as the long-rumored VR mode. As to be expected, Google has launched the Android N Developer Preview 3 for the list of supported Nexus devices which includes the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9, the Nexus Player, and the Pixel C tablet. In addition to these devices that were mentioned by Google at the conference, the third Dev Preview is also available for the General Mobile 4G Android One device, and the Sony Xperia Z3, which just received access to the Android N Developer Preview last month.
Alongside VR mode and Daydream, perhaps one of the more important factors of the third dev preview is the ability to initiate what Google says will be seamless installs for updates. Android N’s third dev preview will introduce a new way of partitioning that Google has taken from Chrome OS code, which allows the updates to simply happen without users having to do anything. Updates will basically happen in the background and then to install and cycle them, all that will be needed is a system reboot of the device, and after devices power back on the new software version will be in place. If you’re looking to test the latest version of the Android N Developer Preview, you can get things started from the dedicated web page.