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Update Google Pixel to May 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo Factory Image

The original Google Pixel is now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018 system update — which you can install immediately with the guide ahead. Google has released a new set of Android 8.1 Oreo builds that carry the latest May 2018 security changes and updates for all its devices, including the Pixel. Most of these changes focus on improving reliability and security but there is also a major bug fix which addresses the multi-touch issues on Pixel and Nexus devices. This bug generated over the last few months and caused user devices to behave inaccurately. If you were facing such issues, do update immediately with our manual procedure for Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018 firmware on Google Pixel.

Experienced users would already know that Google releases these small builds each month to keep the device up to date and running as smooth as possible. Despite small changes, these builds are quite important and you can install the latest one immediately on your Google Pixel with the guide ahead. Beware, any sort of system change always puts your user data at risk of loss. Before you proceed ahead with the implementation, do take a look at how to backup all your data. This build is already rolling out through OTA(over-the-air) update service but you can also manually install Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018 on Google Pixel with the steps ahead.

Install Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018, Google Pixel

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmware, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Google Pixel Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018 Factory Image Details:

New Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018 update is primarily focused on security definitions however there are other accompanying changes which are mentioned below:

Majority changes for Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018 update lie in the security aspects of the Operating System. Further, 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:

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!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update your Google Pixel to May 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo factory image.

Install Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018 on Google Pixel Using Official Factory Image

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install the official Android 8.1 Oreo (May 2018) on Pixel using the factory image provided by Google. This tutorial is for beginners who are not used to playing around with official factory images by Google for their Nexus devices.

Please make sure your phone fulfills all the requirements and you read the entire tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.

Disclaimer: Try this on your own risk. We are not responsible if you mess up with your Pixel.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Google Pixel and we are not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Pixel on other carriers.
  • Your phone can be on any previous Android version or even on a custom ROM. It doesn’t matter at all. This tutorial will still work for installing Android 8.1 Oreo.
  • Enjoy Android 8.1 Oreo on your device and let us know your review about it!

NOTE: Installing Android 8.1 Oreo May 2018 factory image will WIPE / DELETE / ERASE everything from your phone even if your bootloader is still locked or already unlocked. Please make sure you have a backup of all the data. Read: How to Backup Android Apps and Other Data.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download May 2018 Oreo Factory Image ( for Pixel on your PC, if you haven’t already.

Step 2 – Connect your Pixel to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Please make sure Fastboot is configured and properly installed on your computer. How? See here: How to Set Up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDK.

Step 4 – Turn OFF your phone.

Step 5 – Get into the Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on your phone. Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons till you see the Fastboot menu and START on top.

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