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Update Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to Android P Beta 2 Factory Image

For Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners, this guide will take you through each step on how to have Android P Beta 2 firmware installed on your device. Google’s upcoming major Android release is nearing its launch date. As we arrive towards the public release, the brand is releasing Developer Previews which give manufacturers, developers and enthusiasts an early look into the software, giving them the ability to test it out and also develop own products such as apps. This release is deemed as Android P Beta 2 — or technically, Android P Developer Preview 3. With this firmware, developers will have access to final APIs and official SDK. If you are not on the Beta program, running stock firmware or even a custom ROM, read the procedure ahead to install Android P Beta 2 on Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

Generally, any build that is a beta comes with bugs and same is the case with Android P Beta 2. However, this firmware is more refined than the previous releases and can be utilized to be ran daily. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones are quite young in their software support cycle, so users shouldn’t worry about compatibility just yet. To get Android P Beta 2 installed on your device, keep reading.

Install Android P Beta 2, Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL

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 2 / Pixel 2 XL Android P Beta 2 Factory Image Details:

It is to be noted that with Previews, features get added over time and improvements get integrated as well. Being the third preview and second beta build, this firmware is generally quite improved. The most interesting insight we have from the features list is that Android P supports Display Cutout from system level which means more and more Notch styled phones should be expected.

As Artificial Intelligence is getting greater adoption, Android P will be supporting that trend thanks to new APIs which developers can directly integrate into their apps.

If interested, you should also check out the following Android P related posts:

Take a look at the highlight features from Android P right ahead:

  • MessagingStyle and other notification updates
  • ImageDecoder for bitmaps and drawables
  • Data cost sensitivity in JobScheduler
  • Display cutout APIs
  • Dual Camera APIs

The build is a developer preview which means, users wont be able to get it through the air. Rather they would have to manually install the complete Android P Beta package from the link right ahead.

Disclaimer: Try this on your own risk. We are not responsible if you mess up with your Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL.

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Pixel 2, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 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 2 / Pixel 2 XL properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL USB drivers!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update your Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to Android P Beta 2 factory image.

Install Android P Beta 2 on Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL Using Official Factory Image

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install the official Android P Beta 2 (June 2018) on Pixel 2 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 2.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL and we are not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Pixel 2 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 P Beta 2.
  • Enjoy Android P Beta 2 on your device and let us know your review about it!

NOTE: Installing Android P Beta 2 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 Oreo Factory Image for your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL on your PC, if you haven’t already.

Step 2 – Connect your Pixel 2 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.