Google promised that the newest developer preview would be available to flash starting this month and Google was sure able to deliver on that promise. And with great timing as well, tomorrow is when the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are officially going on sale in Verizon and Best Buy Stores in the US with Android 7.1 out of the box.
It looks like Google is taking a more hands-on approach with the way it handles updates for its Nexus devices. We’ve never had developer previews this early on, and for an incremental update, nonetheless. It looks like Google is really committed to delivering the quickest updates to its Pixel devices, and the best way to do that, is by ironing out the kinks with the older Nexus crowd.
To install the developer preview, you can do either of three things:
- You can sign up for the Android Beta program and you’ll be able to download the developer preview OTA.
- You can download the entire factory image as a TGZ file and flash the image to a phone by using the flast.bat method.
- You can download the OTA zip file which will bring your device to the latest preview build.
If you have no idea what any of the above methods mean, we suggest that you stick to the first method: enrolling for the Android Beta program and accepting the update over the air. Just remember, if you want to revert to the most recent public software, your data might be wiped in the process.