Android O is already official. Google celebrates another year with the development calendar of a new Android version. This version could be the beginning of the end of the fragmentation thanks to Project Treble . On March 21, the developer preview was released with Android O for: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C. On July 25, Developer Preview 4 was released via OTA and soon the images will be available For download.
Android Beta Program (updates via OTA)
The fourth development version of Android 8.0 is already here and means that the final version is just around the corner. The Developer Preview 4 is already a candidate version to be stable. Includes all the improvements and final changes that will be published when the summer ends for the rest of the users. The developer preview 4 of Android Or is also the confirmation of the SDK with API level 26. This way with the Beta version of Android Studio (Canary) and with the fourth Android Developer Preview Or all developers can adapt their applications to contain The new improvements introduced by this new version of Android.
The fastest way to get Android O Developers Preview is to sign up through the Android Beta program. Just have a compatible Nexus or Pixel, sign up with the Gmail account associated with your smartphone and wait for the notification with the OTA.
Download and install Android O on Nexus or Pixel manually
Developer Preview 3 will be available shortly on the Android developer website so it can be installed and tested on a Nexus or Pixel. Note that you must have the May security patch and a build date between the end of May and the beginning of June. android o nexus 6p
Before flashing a factory image we must follow a few steps. The first is to make a copy of your data since all the information stored in the device will be lost.
Unlock the bootloader
In order to install any software on a Nexus or Pixel the first thing is to unlock the device boot . To do this we need to have the development options unlocked and within them to enable USB debugging on the smartphone.
We will also need the help of a computer and we will have to have the ADB and Fastboot installed . To do this and the other processes we need a USB cable to connect the smartphone to the computer. android o nexus 5x
Once the two protagonists are ready we will start the smartphone in recovery mode , with the phone off we press on and volume down. Now we connect the smartphone to the computer. Open a command console in the folder where the ADB is and enter the following commands:
- Fasboot devices (will display a number that means the phone is connected)
- Fastboot oem unlock (to unlock bootloader)
Download the factory image
The factory images with Android O Developer Preview 1 (Alpha) are available as we already said for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL and Pixel C. Just visit the Android O Download website and download the File for your device.
Unzip the file in the folder where you have the ADB installed on your computer.
Install the factory image
Now let’s run the file named flash-all.bat with a double click on it in Windows or we can run it from the console with flash-all.bat in Windows or ./ flash-all.sh on Linux and Mac.
Problems with installation
If the flash-all file can not be executed, we will first check that the ADB is the last one. If the problems continue we can install the whole system manually with the following list of commands:
- Fastboot flash bootloader <Bootloader-filename> .img
- Fastboot flash radio <Radio- filename> .img
- Fastboot reboot bootloader
- Fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
- Fastboot flash boot boot.img
- Fastboot flash system system.img
- Fastboot flash cache cache.img
- Fastboot flash userdata userdata.img
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