In a surprise move, Google announced today (as we told you earlier this morning) that the Android N developer preview is available for download. The simplest route is through the yet-to-be launched Android Beta Program, but as usual Google has also posted the factory images.

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As we told you earlier, Android N features a split screen mode for both phones and tablets, redesigned quick settings, and quick reply from notifications. Under the hood, improvements to Project Svelte will improve performance on lower-end devices and Doze will also work when the screen is turned off.

For most users, downloading and installing via the Beta Program at will be the fastest and easiest solution. The preview will be installed like any other OTA and users will get automatic updates to the latest version. As a reminder, Google warns the preview is “for developers only and not intended for daily use or consumer use.”

However, more technically adept users can install the developer preview via a computer. This install method will wipe any data on your device and is perfect for those who want a clean start. To begin the installation, select your device’s factory image and see our guide for full instructions:

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