The original Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones can now be installed with December 2018 Android Pie firmware through this guide. Before Pixel, Google each year announced a new Nexus device in partnership with a hardware manufacturer. Taking matters into its own hands, the Pixel line was introduced couple of years back and it was the first device which was purely designed and developed by Google — from the software to the hardware. This experiment, initially, wasn’t received well but thanks to continuous iterations, the Pixel line is now one of the most sought after smartphone series. Regardless, here is how to update your older Google Pixel or Pixel XL with new Android 9.0 Pie December 2018 update package.
The unique thing about our guide is, it doesn’t have any wait time associated with it. Otherwise, depending on your region, the standard OTA(Over-the-air) update route takes considerable time to arrive. Further, our manual procedure is guaranteed to work with smartphones running custom recoveries like TWRP, root or even custom ROMs. The only thing to note is, before you proceed with the guide, it is essential that you first backup all your data. Also, do read the guide completely before actually executing it in order to update your Google Pixel / Pixel XL with December 2018 Android Pie factory image.
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 (TeamAndroid.com) 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 / Pixel XL Android 9.0 Pie December 2018 Factory Image Details:
New December 2018 update, along with security fixes, carries a number of bug-fixes and system improvements. If the camera wasn’t already good enough, Google has went on to improve it even further with the new build. Also, changes have been made to fix memory management which should fix issues with performance. For the full official change-log, read here.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Pixel on Android 9.0 Pie December 2018 Official Update.
- Install Android Pie: How to Install Android 9.0 Pie on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Marshmallow 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 / 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 / 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 below and update your Google Pixel / Pixel XL to December 2018 Android 9.0 Pie factory image.
Install Android 9.0 Pie December 2018 on Google Pixel / Pixel XL Using Official Factory Image
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install the official Android 9.0 Pie (December 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 / Pixel XL 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 9.0 Pie.
- Enjoy Android 9.0 Pie on your device and let us know your review about it!
NOTE: Installing Android 9.0 Pie December 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 December 2018 Oreo Factory Image for your Pixel or Pixel XL on your PC, if you haven’t already.
- sailfish-pq1a.181205.002.a1-factory-6a61ff63.zip – Google Pixel
- marlin-pq1a.181205.002.a1-factory-9a129f3e.zip – Google Pixel XL
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.