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How To Download Android Oreo On Your Pixel Or Nexus Phone Right Now And Why You Should

23 August 2017, 9:06 am EDT By Carl Velasco Tech Times
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Android has officially unveiled Oreo, the next major update after Nougat. It’s not available for everyone yet, but you can download it now if you have a compatible device.  ( Android | YouTube )

Google finally unveiled Android Oreo right after the total solar eclipse, which is perfect timing since the moon blocking the sun somewhat looks similar to an Oreo cookie. It's no surprise, however: that name has been circulating for months.

Google is still preparing the rollout process, so suffice it to say that not every Android will get Android 8.0 immediately. However, if you have a Pixel or Nexus phone, you might just be eligible to install the latest version of Android.

If you want the over-the-air update to arrive automatically, you have to wait a week or two, probably. But if you want to install the software update now, here's how. First, you must have the following devices:

• Nexus 5X

• Nexus 6P

• Pixel

• Pixel XL

• Pixel C

Download And Install Android 8.0 Oreo: Option 1

There are two methods to choose from. The first one requires you to have an unlocked bootloader. With it, you can flash the full system image for Android Oreo, which you can download directly from Android's developer pages.

After downloading, you need to have ADB setup on your PC. Extract the compressed file to that directory, then plug in your compatible device with ADB debugging enabled. Finally, execute the batch file. Keep in mind that this will wipe your data, unless, as Forbes notes, you remove the "-w" command.

Download And Install Android 8.0 Oreo: Option 2

The other option is more straightforward, and it involves enrolling to Google's Android Beta Program. Log in with your Google account and select a compatible Nexus or Pixel device to enroll. Shortly afterward, an update should arrive on your smartphone. This process won't wipe your data, thankfully, but it's still a good idea to back your phone up in case you're using your daily driver and not a device specifically for beta testing.

Android 8.0 Oreo

Android Oreo isn't a major upgrade over Nougat. It's more akin to an iterative update that contains small, but needed improvements. Think of it as macOs Sierra compared with High Sierra. There's nothing groundbreaking in High Sierra, but it improves upon what makes Sierra great.

Android Oreo contains performance and stability improvements, as usual. It also comes with several visual changes, such as numberless and adaptive notification dots, and picture-in-picture mode. The update also includes smart text selection, which recognizes what type of text you're highlighting and gives appropriate options, and auto-fill, which will remember usernames, passwords, and such.

Why You Should Download Android 8.0 Oreo

There might be another reason why you should download Android Oreo. As BGR reports, at least in the betas, Android Oreo enables 3x carrier integration on Pixel devices. That's a network technology that allows the use of multiple cell frequencies simultaneously, resulting in much higher speeds.

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