Fresh off the exciting Google I/O 2016, Android N Beta Program is now open for anyone and everyone who owns a compatible Nexus device. It’s very straightforward to enrol your device into the program and get OTA updates overtime until the stable version is released.
Step 1: Go to Settings and ensure you have done a Backup
In my experience, nothing went wrong and all my data have been retained after I installed and booted up Android N Beta (also known as Developer Preview 3). But just in case. Or in general, you’re not advised to install on your main advice at all.
Step 2: Sign up your device for Android N Beta Program with the link below
Simply click on the above link on your eligible Nexus device (Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, etc.) and you’ll be led to the program login page where you need to login with your Google credentials and enrol your device.
Once you’re done enrolling your device. You will receive an OTA that is between 900 MB and 1.2 GB (depending on your device) to download and install. The download process does take quite a while (even on my Gigabit WiFi), so you might want to make sure you have ample time to do this.
Should you install Android N Beta?
If you are adventurous and if you are fine with certain apps showing you errors from time to time, by all means go ahead and do it. The performance is way more snappy and you can tell the main difference when you’re installing the app and launching it for the first time. However, in the video you’ll see that the NBA app on my Pixel C keeps crashing every time I try to stream a live game, so if you rely on league pass on your main device heavily, I’d advise you to hold off on upgrading to Android N Beta just yet until they sort out all the quirks.
Lastly, the split-screen mode works better than I expected (although there were some bugs with YouTube during my testing yesterday) and because of this it absolutely makes my Pixel C the best buy of 2016 so far. What do you think? Feel free to reach out to me via commenting or @richxiong across the web. Stay tuned for more updates on Android N.