Google has released the preview edition of the upcoming Android 7.0 N nearly two months back. At the on-going Google IO conference, the California-based search giant announced a new release with several features, like split-screen multitasking, enhancements to power and much more. In this article, we will be detailing how to download and install Android N.
To install and work with Android N, you require access to Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, General Mobile 4G (Android One) and Sony Xperia Z3.
First things First
Before upgrading your device, you need to perform a proper backup. Take the backups from both internal storage and SD card (if any). This is due to the nature of the download, you might end up in risk, which involves loss of data.
You can perform a backup by tapping Settings > Backup > Reset. You should make sure to backup data from both sources, including activating Automatic restore, as well as make sure your photos and videos are safe, by connecting to your PC or any cloud services like MEGA, One Drive and Google Drive.
Proceeding to Download
Once you have confirmed that the backup is complete, you can proceed to download and install Android N. You need to navigate to Google’s Android Developer Beta portal to enrol your device. Right now, you will not be able to join the program if you have Sony Xperia Z3, due to some technical issues.
As soon as you enrol your device, Google will automatically deliver new updates Over The Air (OTA) once in every week till Android N is released. Your device will also be eligible to receive maintenance releases after the release of the final version.
Sometimes, you will feel that Android N is of no value at this juncture. If that’s the story, you can automatically roll back to the latest public release by simply unenrolling your device. However, all your previous data will be wiped out and hence the relevance of backup comes into perspective.
Point to note
The main point to note is that you should download and install Android N via OTA using Wi-Fi, since the software weighs several gigs.