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Android O available to try now

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Google has made Android O available to anyone who wants to try out its mobile operating system before the final version launches at the end of 2017.

To get the software, you'll need to sign up to the Android O beta programme and be the owner of a Pixel, Pixel XL or recent Nexus handset.

The updated operating system has been given a series of tweaks, designed to make Android smoother and snappier to use while consuming less power.

Its new Vitals function has managed to slash start-up times for apps, but also cuts down on what apps can do in the background, something Apple has been pushing with iOS 10.

The idea is to stop apps which pull data constantly from draining battery life.

Elsewhere, there’s a new Google Play Protect service, which scans apps for viruses and offers better security to those downloading add–ons.

This also encompasses the newly renamed Find My Device service.

There are new picture in picture modes and ‘Notification Dots’, which allow users to fire up preview windows to see notifications, without having to actually open the app and rummage around for any pressing information.

Users keen to give it a go can head to android.com/beta to download.

However, it’s worth remembering that this early version may be buggy.

Google is not expected to officially name and release the OS for months.

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