Nexus 6P Available with Android O Update – How to Install

Google managed to surprise the entire Android community when it released the factory images for Android O. This is the first developer preview of Android 8.0 and it can be installed by all of Google’s latest smartphones, including Nexus 6P. On the downside though, the only way to install the new operating system is by doing it manually. The process can get quite complicated at times and that’s why we will provide Nexus 6P owners with a step-by-step guide.

First and foremost, we need to let Nexus 6P owners know that this is a developer preview update and it might contain bugs and glitches. Secondly, the smartphone needs to feature an unlocked bootloader and this voids the device’s warranty. In addition, the flashing process will delete the user’s entire data but this can be avoided through a simple backup.

How to Flash Android O

Before we can jump into the flashing process, Nexus 6P owners need to download a couple of files. Needless to say, the Android O factory image needs to be downloaded alongside the ADB and Fastboot utility tool (on a PC). Make sure to also download all the Nexus 6P specific USB drivers and an unlocked bootloader on the designated device.

  • Set the smartphone into the Bootloader or Fastboot mode by simultaneously pressing and holding the Power Button and Volume Down key;
  • Using the same keys, select Bootloader mode;
  • Connect the device to a PC via USB;
  • Open the script file and run the “flash-all.bat”;
  • Wait for the scrip to finish and the smartphone will run on Android 8.0;

Additionally, tech savvy Nexus 6P owners can manually flash the images themselves. In order to do that they will be required to type in the following commands:

  • fastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img;
  • fastboot flash radio radio.img;
  • fastboot reboot-bootloader;
  • fastboot flash system system.img;
  • fastboot flash boot boot.img;
  • fastboot flash recovery recovery.img;

This is all if the above mentioned steps have been followed correctly, the smartphone should now run on Google’s Android O. However, we should mention that the first boot time will last longer than usual but it will only happen the first time.

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