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Google has announced their latest update for Android: Android Oreo!

Like always, the latest update will first hit only a select list of devices such as Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel C. Google has also confirmed that the Android 8.0 Oreo update will be available to non-Google smartphones soon.

Google will also roll out the update in phases over the next several weeks, but if you cannot wait for the OTA update, and you really want to update to Android 8.0 Oreo right-away, here is everything you need to know:

Compatible devices: 

Nexus 5

Nexus 6P

Google Pixel

Google Pixel XL

Pixel C

Nexus Player

It is worth pointing out that some non-Google smartphone users can also expect the Android 8.0 Oreo update soon. “By the end of this year, hardware makers like Essential, Huawei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones, Samsung, Sharp and Sony are scheduled to be launching or upgrading new devices to Android 8.0 Oreo,” said Google in a blog post.

Nokia has already confirmed that all its smartphones – Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 – will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. Samsung and LG, traditionally, roll out the latest software upgrades to their flagship smartphones first. Therefore, users of Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and LG G6 can expect the upgrade by end of this year.

So if you are keen on installing the BETA program, here you go: 

How to install the update via Beta program

One of the easier and safer ways is to wait for the OTA update. If you cannot, sign up for Android Beta Program and enrol your device to check the eligibility of your hardware. Click on agree to terms of Beta program and check for an update on your device. The update is almost instantaneously available.

How to install the update via system images

Google has also rolled out system image files for Android 8.0 Oreo. You can download the system images on your compatible smartphone here.

The process is quite tedious and requires a lot of patience. Therefore, don’t forget to keep a back up of your data before flashing your smartphone. Google does give a fair warning stating that “Installing this factory image will erase all data from the device. While it may be possible to restore certain data backed up to your Google Account, apps and their associated data will be uninstalled. Before proceeding, please ensure that data you would like to retain is backed up to your Google Account.”

If you have already backed up your data, here’s what you need to do.

>> Go to About Phone under Settings and tap seven times on the Build Number.

>> Tap on USB debugging and unlock your device.

>> Connect your device to PC via the USB cable.

>> Launch command window on your PC.

>> Enter bootloader mode by entering following command: adb reboot bootloader.

>> Enter this command: fast boot flashing unlock

>> Give confirmation to the unlock message by pressing volume up to select the Yes option and power button to proceed.

>> Type fast boot reboot to get the device rebooted into bootloader mode.

>> Your device will reboot to Android 8.0 Oreo OS.

Good Luck if you want to update before, otherwise stay safe and wait for the update to roll out via the software update option. 

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