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Google launches fourth and final Android O developer preview

25 July 2017

We'll be testing it soon, but we can confidently guess it'll probably run just about all of your apps without fail-something that developer preview 3 couldn't do.

"As we put the finishing touches on the Android O platform, today we're rolling out Developer Preview 4 to help you make sure your apps are ready", Google VP of Engineering Dave Burke writes.

Developers can look forward to incremental updates to the SDK, tools, and Android Emulator system images are said to be coming in the next few days.

Google released the initial Android O Developer Preview back in March, and I've been using it ever since on my Pixel XL. Google calls this build a "release candidate" for Android O, which means that the latest bug fixes and optimizations are present, along with the final APIs.

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Google launched the first Android O developer preview in March, the second developer preview in May at its I/O 2017 developer conference, and the the third developer preview in June.

The as-yet-named Android O (Oreo, anyone?) includes a number of new features such as autofill, adaptive launcher icons, picture-in-picture, improved notifications, support for Wi-Fi Aware and more.

It won't be long now until we see the official release of Android O into the wild, and you know what that means: we'll finally find out what "O" stands for. Along with the new system images that Google has provided DP4 also comes with the stable version of the Android 26.0.0 Support Library.

Google launches fourth and final Android O developer preview