Do you want to know whether your Nexus or Google Pixel device is running the latest available software? Or are you interested in updating the Nexus all by yourself? Today we’re bringing you some useful resources, as well as flash instruction you might need for updating your Nexus or Pixel device. Back in the end of March, Google released unexpectedly the Android O developer preview, packed with a full list of improvements and features for the new OS.
The Official Android O Beta
Thanks to this Android beta program, you can enjoy the upcoming Android versions before they actually get released. It’s rather easy to register for the beta program if you want to take advantage of it. Shortly after that, you will get an OTA update for the current beta version.
However, keep in mind that betas may contain lots of bugs and errors. They are versions that weren’t tested enough, so that they can interfere with the normal functioning of your device. After the beta program ends, the device will receive an update to the regular release. If you want to go back to the stable version, unfortunately you will have to delete all the data on your device.
Android O for Nexus and Pixel
To many fans’ surprise, Google has released the developer preview of the latest OS towards the end of March 2017. The update was very much appreciated, since it came together with lots of interesting features, such as a Picture-in-Picture mode, keyboard navigation, adaptive icons and support for some high quality Bluetooth audio codecs.
August 2017 Security Patch
Currently, some of the Pixel and Nexus devices are able to receive the most recent August 2017 monthly security patch. You can do this with factory images or OTA files. The devices that will receive the update are the following:
- Pixel XL
- Pixel C
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 9
- Nexus Player
The update refers both to the LTE and Wi-Fi models. If you wait for a couple of days, you will receive the OTA automatically in the upcoming days.
The best part is that the August 2017 security patch comes together with some fixes. As such, we will get rid of lots of critical vulnerabilities and bugs. Moreover, the team is also bringing some optimizations concerning performance and stability. They had previously found a critical vulnerability that allowed attackers to execute code remotely on these devices, so they fixed it with this update.
Version and Security Update Guarantees
Google had also revealed their update plans for the Pixel and Pixel XL devices on the official page. The 2 phones were released back in October 2016, which means that they will get the Android version guaranteed until October 2018. Security updates will continue to be provided until October 2019.
It’s not something new to see this kind of timeline, since it’s the same as the one used for the Nexus phones. Usually, the tech giant offers 2 years of guaranteed Android updates, as well as 3 years of guaranteed security updates.
Android 7.1.2 for Nexus Player and Pixel C
Recently, we got the chance to see some reports about the Nexus Player and Pixel C receiving the Android 7.1.2 update. However, it’s not such a big event as it seems. It only brings a couple of important new features. One of the most appreciated ones, for example, is the Pixel Launcher that was brought to the Pixel C. People also noticed a new list for the battery usage. Currently, there weren’t any updates published for the Google OTA and Factory Image pages.