Latest version, Android 8.0 Oreo has officially started rolling out to Pixel, Pixel XL users across the globe, it is also rolled out to those who were on the beta-testing program for the Android O build. Google has now made the OTA image files available on the Android developer site. Users can download these and flash their phone to install the new build. Google’s developer website has explained that users will not need to wipe out all the data from their device before they flash their Nexus, Pixel device in order to install the new OTA image files update.
The developer page read, “This page contains OTA binary image files that allow you to manually update your Nexus or Pixel device. This has the same effect of flashing the corresponding factory images, but without the need of wiping the device.” The website also explains that “files are for use only on your personal Nexus or Pixel device and may not be disassembled, decompiled, reverse engineered, modified or redistributed by you or used in any way except as specifically set forth in the license terms that came with your device.”
Users, who had moved to the beta programme before Android 8.0 Oreo was officially announced, the OTA update should be available in the settings. All they have to do is to go to System Updates and tap there for the latest update build. The OTA update size is close to 1GB depending on when you last updated the phone.
Nexus users who are on the latest version of Android Nougat should also get the update to their phones. If the update is not reflecting in the settings of your phone, the OTA downloads links are an option from the developer Google website. In order to install the update using the OTA image, the user will need to download the file via a computer and side load it from the recovery mode on your phone. Google website has also posted the full instructions at the link page. Users will have to download the exact link build for their device. Google says users should make sure that there is “no pending OTA update,” before installing the new OS from the OTA Image file. The OTA files can be found at the Google developers website in the Android/OTA section.