Android N Developer Preview 4 is available for all compatible devices. Seeing the final APIs and finished software, looks like it is likely the best and most stable version of Android N yet, and the last developer preview will be available before the global release date which could arrive in July.
But we have a few methods for you here, to install the beta version on your phone, if you are brave enough to explore the features for anyone with a compatible device willing to flash the Factory Images. You can download the same which contains all the files needed to install a stock version of Android N on the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Pixel C, Nexus Player, and select Android One devices.
Android N Beta:
You can simply sign up for the Google Android Beta and select your compatible device in which the beta should be updated over air via a simple notification. Then you can download and install the latest Android N Preview. Now the update is rolled out in the name of NPD56N, so you can check for your device compatibility and give it a try.
We have got some brand new exciting features in the Android N such as direct reply to the notification right after you pull down the notification bar, cleaner look of bundled notifications, multi-window built in support for improved multi-tasking with smartphones and tablets, other significant improvements for battery life with a new feature named, Android Doze which puts the phone into a deep-sleep, low-power mode to save battery.
If you try beta N, the more users, the more significant changes we can expect from Google as to how efficient the users feel the preview version is.
Follow through the below guide to install latest Nexus Android N Beta software which can be done from your Windows, Mac, ChromeOS or Linux. You have to bear the risks of anything going wrong as this isn’t a final software, hence be very cautious.
Prerequisite for Windows, Mac, ChromeOS and Linux: Before you could get the Android N beta in your hands, you should first install ADB and Fastboot in your computer. To flash the Android software to your device by connecting through the USB cable to your Mac/PC, this software helps. Many incredibly simpler tools has made this annoying installation easier.
On Windows, to streamline the process, download the ADB installer here which is available for Win 8 and Win 8.1. At the moment, it is not available for Win 10. Once downloaded the installer, run it as an Administrator. The app launches and prompts you with a question to proceed with the installation, type a Y and press Enter to Install ADB & Fastboot, followed by the drivers. Now you are all set to install Android N Beta in your device.
On Mac, Linux and Chrome OS, it is pretty to install th ADB and Fastboot compared to Windows. You just have to open the terminal in your pc and paste the code from xda. Once the script is complete running, you can flash the new Android N system images provided by Google onto your device. Remember to head into settings -> developer options and enable USB Debugging first.
Installing Android N Beta: The first step in installing the Android N Beta is downloading the Preview System Image for your compatible devices. In the linked website, you can get the preview for the following devices:
Nexus 5X Android N Image
Nexus 6 Android N Image
Nexus 6P Android N Image
Nexus 9 Android N Image
Pixel C Tablet Android N Image
Nexus Player Android N Image
Once you have downloaded the zip bundle of the image, unzip it and open terminal, and navigate to the folder where the zipped folder is. Make sure your Nexus is not bootloader unlocked. It is of zenith importance that you update with the device locked else it will erase everything.
Once your terminal is open, execute the following command:
adb reboot bootloader
In Fastboot type:
fastboot oem unlock
Press enter and proceed with the instructions to wipe data off your device.
Once this is done, open the folder containing the Android N System Image file you just downloaded. This is key for Mac users. Head to System Preferences and select Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services. Find “New Terminal at Folder” in the settings and click the box. Now when you’re in Finder, just right-click a folder and you’re shown the open to open Terminal.
Follow the below commands by simply copy-pasting:
The first command is to install the Android N beta to your Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, or even the Nexus Player except for Nexus 5.
The second command is for Mac or other computer.
That’s it. Once th update has been pushed tp your device, you will see it restarting. Do not unplug the device until you see an Android figure and then a moving Android logo which may take a long time to appear. Be patient.
You may experience a “missing system.img” error and the installation will be abruptly aborted. You can a find a solution here. Once the installation is complete, login with your Google account and start using Android N on your Nexus device.
Over the air update: If you are the one who wouldn’t like to toy around, there is always over the air update. This update is still on hold, but we should be expecting anytime soon. Other than these methods Google still is going to offer an OTA update for this version. Let’s wait for the summer for the final release of Android N.