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Android M Preview 3 Release Delayed as Google Works on “Near Final” Build

The next official build of Android M, Preview 3, may see a bit of delay in release, according to the public Android M Developer Preview community on Google+. As stated by a moderator in the community, “We want this to be a near final release to test your apps on, but we need a little more time to get it out to you.” Preview 3 was previously scheduled to be released around late July.

The last update we received for Android M was Preview 2. That update rolled out via OTA and download links back in early July. There is no exact timeframe given for when to expect the next preview build, but Google appears to be hard at work to make sure it is the best one yet.

Once made available, we will let you know how you can load it onto a device.

Are you currently running Android M on one of your Nexus devices? How are you liking it?

Via: +Android M Developer Preview
  • Freezing up too much on my Nexus 9. Broken O/S (5.1.1) is too good.
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116521990967962635243

  • callumshell1

    Who #stillonKitKat here?

  • Preview 2 working well on my Shamu. I miss the Dark Theme a bit, but other than that have had no issues with Bluetooth, Wifi, Battery or anything else. Cannot say the same for my LG G3 or G4 (though the latest VZW Firmaware update did fix the G4 touchscreen issue….if only they would fix the BT Streaming issue on the VZW G3). Why the hell do I have so many phones?????

    also have an HTC M8 and a Dev Edition Moto X (1) laying around.

    I’ve got problem. I may just sell everything but the Shamu and Moto X.

  • Ajmcnicol

    This is great news not for old Nexus’s, but when the new android is ready..is when the new Nexus is ready.

  • jonzey231

    Yep, I’ve got it on my Nexus 6 and I love it. Can be buggy at times but hey…that’s why there’s a big disclaimer on first boot that essentially says, “Your phone may explode. Good luck.” Lol

  • kronikings

    No problems here. Running grrrrrreat!

  • Hassan Alsayed

    I have been using Preview 2 on my Nexus 6 since it came out and it has been working perfectly. Very happy with it.

  • Rod

    If they haven’t fixed this:https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=165558

    Then they better consider having preview 3, 4, 5, 6… how much ever is necessary.

  • Rod

    Nexus 5 is still a beauty.

    Funny that, to this date, it’s still the most widely used device for Android and it’s apps showcase.

    • ROB

      Also the reason why they sold so few nexus 6

      • velocipedes

        The reason so few Nexus 6 sold was the price. The Nexus 5 has a washed out screen and a bad camera. It was getting long in the tooth for me.

        • Someduderu

          Weird, according to Anandtech the Nexus 5 has one of the best displays available, and the Nexus 6 is actually very inaccurate with contrast issues! Weird!!!!!

  • Coy Walker

    R.I.P. Meek Mill. 6God is watching.

  • AG1

    Probably last minute NSA request.

  • Cameron Carey

    The OS is great, love the improvements, but the battery drain is insane. My N6 lasted maybe 6 hours on a full charge which is pretty unheard of. Bluetooth issues are annoying because I use it in the car, headphones at the gym, music when I’m at work, etc. I also had a lot of weird signal drops on P2 where I would have to reset my phone to get service back.

    • Andras Sz

      Is necessary to make a factor reset after the update. I’m pretty sure everything will work flowlessly.

  • Trevor

    Running Preview 2 on my N5. I only used it one day because the battery died so fast the phone was basically worthless. Although, the battery life was bad on Preview 1 for me too. Back to the OPO for now.

  • Adrynalyne

    Fine by me. Preview 2 is garbage. I rather them take the time.

    • Bob

      Almost like the garbage you put out. But yes it is garbage.

    • What is giving you problems on Preview 2? I’ve been running it since it dropped on my M6 wibout any problems.

      • marcusmarcus2

        I was havign problems on preview 2 on my Nexus Player. Did a factory reset and has been running solid ever since.

      • James Polk

        My only problem with preview 2 has been the wifi/battery bug. I’m lucky to get 8 hrs of battery life right now.

        • Dang, that’s the worst. I guess I have just gotten pretty lucky with my experience. Then again, I’m habitually plugging in whenever I’m near a (turbo) charger so I don’t let my phone just run a full day to really notice a drain.

      • Adrynalyne

        Sync issues. Major sync issues documented by Google.

        • Ahh, gotcha. What phone do you have, just out of curiousity? I haven’t noticed sync problems, but I believe you!

          • Adrynalyne

            Nexus 6. I didn’t have them until I wiped on M2, which I was forced to do. Google warned about it but I didn’t realize it would affect me so much. Google only mentioned intermittent Contact syncing. I can’t sign into Chrome and my notifications do not work on some of my apps.
            I can get sync working again if I install M1 and then M2, but that is a pain. So I suffer in silence :p

          • Jason Crumbley

            Use the Chrome beta app. It fixed the sync issues for me on that.

          • Adrynalyne

            I’ll give it a shot. Thanks.

          • ahh man, that’s rough! I flashed the update over M1 without wiping and got lucky i suppose. Hang in there, M3 is coming eventually!

    • Tyler Durden

      That’s why day be dem previewz

    • yahyoh

      Like if the final build gonna be any better eh…probably gonna take them like 1 year…one year and half to fix some small bugs so yeah good luck waiting

      • Adrynalyne

        Haters gonna hate. There is always Apple for them.

  • rodney11ride

    P1 was great

    P2 – battery drain, bluetooth “share” issues (when connected to car), lost dark theme

    • Adrynalyne

      and God forbid you need to wipe. P2 gets even worse on a clean slate. I wiped because I couldn’t boot and it was a huge mistake.

      • Bob

        I only wipe with Charmin. Has saved me multiple times.

  • JSo

    I did notice a few more issues on Preview 2 that made it hard to stay with. Mainly MMS issues and video glitches that I didn’t have before. Preview 1 didn’t seem as buggy. I have gone back to 5.1.1 and will flash preview 3 when it arrives. Hopefully it’s not too long from now.

  • Ryan N

    Any word on the stagefright patch for nexus devices?

    • kronikings

      Patched on JDX

  • Bop it_Twis it_Pull it

    ….. Anyway Meek Mill’s career is over, Drake’s music isn’t even good either

  • Kevin Mcclain

    I’ve noticed the battery drains very quickly after preview 2. Preview 1 was totally fine.

    Nexus 6