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Update Google Pixel to Android O OPP4 Developer Preview 4 Factory Image

The last Developer Preview before the final release of Android O has been released by Google. Through this guide you can install Android O OPP4 Developer Preview 4 on your Google Pixel smartphone. Android O is Google’s upcoming major update to Android. From what we’ve seen in previous Developer Previews, it is stated to be a major refinement. Features have been added but most importantly, the OS itself has been greatly optimized which means it will run even better on slower hardware. Speaking for Android O OPP4 Developer Preview 4, this is the last build Beta users would receive before actually getting the final build. Most bugs have been addressed in this iteration. Moreover, this build can turn into a very good daily driver thanks to increased reliability. Developers can also start finalizing their apps through this firmware as it carries the final APIs. Now, on to the installation part. If you are signed up with the Android Beta program, you would get this update straight on your phone and the same applies for users running previous Android O Developer builds. However, if you haven’t done any of the mentioned things, you should read further and implement our manual guide. You can manually update Pixel to Android O OPP4 factory image from the tutorial below — and also root Pixel on this firmware release. 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 and installing a system image on a device removes all data from the device, so you should back up your data first.

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 O OPP4 image, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android O Developer Preview 4 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 O OPP4 Factory Image Details:

Android O Developer Preview 4 is now available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C phones and tablets. These are the changes with new Android O Developer Preview 4:

Developer Preview 4 is a release candidate build of Android O that you can use to complete your development and testing in time for the upcoming official release. It includes the final system behaviors, the latest bug fixes and optimizations, and the final APIs (API level 26) already available since Developer Preview 3.

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

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:

Download Google Pixel USB drivers!

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. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

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.

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 and Developer Preview 4.

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?

4. 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.

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All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update your Pixel to Android O factory image.

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