Here is a step-by-step guide for how to update Google Pixel XL with May 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo factory image. The new incremental is intended on providing latest security fixes along with other minor behind the scenes updates. We recommend Pixel XL users to update to this build immediately as this build carries some essential changes which will help in providing the same level of reliability as you expect from your smartphone. The original Pixel XL was recently confirmed to be on Android P’s compatible smartphone list hence we will continue to see more and more updates arrive for it in the future.
Google’s monthly builds don’t carry any substantial feature changes but behind the scenes, these updates do address fundamental security issues and problems. Also, with this build, the brand is addressing the multi touch problem which left users frustrated usually when playing games. Any system modification, be it official, it is always a good idea to have a recent backup of all user data. It is recommended that before you proceed, you take a look at our dedicated article on how to backup all your data. Usually these factory images do come with a built-in factory reset script so making a backup is quite essential.
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Pixel XL Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018 Factory Image Details:
The update isn’t a major one but it does include few useful features and additions:
Majority changes for Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018 update lie in the security aspects of the Operating System. Furtherr, a persistent multi-touch bug that was reported by a large number of users has been addressed in this new update as well.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Pixel XL on Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018 Official Update.
- Install Android P: How to Install Android P on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Marshmallow based ROMs for the Pixel XL, visit our Custom ROMs page.
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Pixel XL, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Google Pixel XL 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 XL properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update your Pixel XL to Android 8.1 Oreo factory image.