Android 8.0 is available for Pixel and Nexus models. Learn how to install

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List of updates available for each Nexus device

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Android 8.0 Oreo

After several previews, Google finally released Android 8.0 in its final version. The update can be installed via OTA or via the factory image on Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus Player. In addition to the Nexus line, of course, Google Pixel models will also receive the update which is available in the same manner for installation. To find out how to install the factory version click here to go to the typical instructions.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Android 7.1 Nougat is standard on Pixel and Pixel XL devices. After a period of public testing on the Nexus 9, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Pixel C, and Nexus Player models, Google released the final OS version update for these devices on December 5th. The Nexus 6, also confirmed, was the last to receive, and below you will find some new features in Nougat:

  • New quick action bar: The quick action menu is not unique to Android 7.1.1, but the good news here is that users can set up six shortcuts in this bar, not five as it was before.
  • Background Updates: Android now downloads background updates to a dedicated partition in storage, and will apply them as soon as the device is restarted by the user.
  • Reboot system: The option to restart Android finally arrives stock version. Until today, the pure version of Android had only the option to turn off the system.
  • App shortcuts: App icons now display a shortcut section when the user presses them for a few seconds. This process is similar to what happens on iOS 10 with Force Touch panel.

Check out the Android version available for each Nexus

Nexus owners receive a monthly security update from Google. Smartphones check daily for a new version available. However, these updates are released in batches, meaning not all users receive them at the same time. So it is more reliable to go to Settings> About Phone> System Updates and do the verification manually.

This requires going to Google Services for the Nexus family. Factory Images calls give us the latest Android version information available for each Nexus. Once you accept the terms of use, which warns you about the risk of losing data on your phone, click / tap on your Nexus name to see the list of available firmware.

You can recognize the different versions by their build number. Now just compare with the version installed on your Nexus, which can be found in Phone Settings. If your Nexus has a different version than the last table, you can update it to the latest one. If you don't want to wait for it to reach your smartphone organically, you can install it manually. In the following steps, we will teach you how to do this:

Install an Android update on Nexus

Factory Image

The hardest, but also most guaranteed, way to install a new version of Android on a Nexus via a factory image. After this process your Nexus will return to its original state, ie all personal data will have been deleted. It's good to back up any photos, contacts, SMS, etc. that aren't in the cloud. In addition, you will need to reconfigure all applications.

The first step to make this update enable USB debugging mode. In a separate article, we explain how to do this on PC:

Then download the Factory Image from your Nexus smartphone. In parallel, you can make the necessary backups and unlock the bootloader.

Download here the Android 8.0 Oreo factory screenshots

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Bootloader Unlock / AndroidPIT

Attention: on older Nexus devices, the "fastbook oem unlock" flash command instead of "fastboot flashing unlock".

Open the Downloads folder where Factory Image was downloaded and extract the file (device name) – (build number) -factory- (code) .tgz (or similar) with a decompression program like 7-zip. Open the uncompressed folder and extract the file (device name) – (build number) -factory- (code) .tar from it. Move the contents of the folder (device name) – (build number) to the ADB Plataform Tools folder and double-click the flash-all.bat file.

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Extract the image using Platform Tools and run flash-all to install Marshmallow on your Nexus / AndroidPIT

Factory Image will be installed on your Nexus. The process takes a few minutes. When done, press any key on the keyboard to close the command prompt. Nexus finishes the installation and restarts.

If you encounter any errors, first check ADB-Tools and, if necessary, install a newer version of it. It is also possible to "flash" the images separately. Run the commands in this order:

fastboot flash bootloader .imgfastboot flash radio .imgfastboot reboot bootloaderfastboot flash recovery recovery.imgfastboot flash boot boot.imgfastboot flash system system.imgfastboot flash cache cache.imgfastboot flash userdata userdata.img

OTA image

Google always distributes Android updates "Over the Air" (OTA), even if it sometimes takes a few weeks for it to arrive on your device. Google makes the OTA files officially available for download, and you can install them manually. The advantage of this method is that it does not need a factory reset. However, you still need to have ADB-Tools installed.

To be able to use an OTA image, you cannot have modified your device. That is, no Xposed, custom-kernel, custom recovery, SuperSU or custom-ROM.

You can find all OTA images on the Google developers page:

Select the appropriate OTA file from the website. Do not extract the ZIP file, just copy it to the folder where the ADB-Tools are. Then follow these steps:

  • Turn off the Nexus;
  • Hold down the volume down and off buttons to enter the Fastboot menu;
  • Choose the Recovery Mode option using the volume buttons and accept with the on / off button;
  • When the green Android robot pops out, hold down the power button and briefly press the volume up button;
  • In the menu that appears, choose the "update from ADB" option with the volume buttons and confirm with the on / off button.

Connect Nexus to PC via USB and open ADB-Tools folder. With the Shift key pressed, right-click somewhere empty of the window and click Open Command Window Here in the pop-up menu that appears.

Enter the following commands and confirm with ENTER:

adb sideload

Advice: Enter only the first few letters of the file name and press the Tab key to complete it.

This will install the update. The whole process takes about 5 minutes. When done, restart Nexus by choosing "reboot system" from the recovery menu.

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Nexus updates arrive automatically / AndroidPIT

Automatically Over the Air (OTA)

If you have enough patience, you can simply wait for the automatic update to arrive on your Nexus. Google provides two-year system updates and three-year security updates for each device. The updated list of compatible devices can be found here:

Google is the only manufacturer that publishes this list in such an organized manner.

Unofficial Updates for Nexus 5 and Company

Is your Nexus on the list of not receiving the most updates? Still you want to receive the new functions and updates? In the Android community there are numerous unofficial updates that you can try on your device without much risk.

When you do this, you will need to do a factory reset, that is, you need to make a backup before installation. And if something goes wrong in the process, you can always get Nexus back to work using one of the Factory Images. If you are looking for a ROM for your smartphone, see the article below where we have separated great options:

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Nexus 5 (left) can be upgraded to Nougat manually / AndroidPIT

What's your Nexus or Pixel device running on which version?

The purpose of this article is to gather the latest information about Android updates for the Google pixel and Nexus line. Republishing this article becomes necessary over time.

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