Here is a tutorial on how to update Google Pixel to Android 8.0 Oreo factory image. The official new OS update was just announced and released for all devices. The new Android release brings a handful of new features and backend improvements to the Android platform. Most notable features include notification dots, picture-in-picture mode, autofill for apps etc. Official factory images are already live and available for manual flashing. However, an OTA update should not be very far now that ANdroid Oreo has been officially unveiled and announced. Let’s get on with the tutorial now on how to update Google Pixel with Android 8.0 Oreo factory image. Also, you can root Pixel on this Oreo update. The only catch is that if this will be your first time playing around with a factory image, you might have to unlock your bootloader first before continuing – which means wiping all of your phone data.
If this is your very first time installing / flashing a factory image, we understand you would want to make sure your installation process go as smooth as possible. So before we actually jump to the installation process of Android 8.0 OPR6 image, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android 8.0 Oreo factory image, your entire data will be wiped clean — like a brand new phone. As a Pixel user, you have several options to choose from depending on how you want to store your data. These are the some of the tips given below that we want you to keep in mind and then proceed.
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Pixel Android 8.0 OPR6 Factory Image Details:
Android 8.0 Oreo is now available for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Pixel C phones and tablet. These are the major changes in Android 8.0 Oreo, as per Google:
Android 8.0 Oreo brings several new features to the Android platform. Unfortunately, Nexus 6 has been dropped from official support by Google. Most notable features of Oreo are:
- Notification dots
- Picture-in-picture mode
- Username / password autofill for apps
- New Settings screen
- Android Instant Apps
- … and many under-the-hood changes to make Android super fast!
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Install Android O: How to Install Android O on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Lollipop based ROMs for the Pixel, visit our Custom ROMs page.
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Pixel, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Google Pixel USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Google Pixel properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update your Google Pixel to Android 8.0 Oreo factory image.