Official Android 8.1 Oreo is now rolling out with the December 2017 Security Patche. We have seen several Developer Previews based on 8.1 Oreo for the Google Pixel, Pixel 2 (XL), Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, etc. Now, the beta program is over and stable builds are now available. The factory images and OTA update are now available for downloads from Google’s download repositories. So get them now and update to latest 8.1 Oreo firmware.
Apart from the Android 8.1 release, Google also launched the Android Oreo (Go edition). The Go Edition is for low end Android devices which do not have high end specifications. It is targeted towards devices having 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM. It possess a light weight OS and all the lite apps which do not consume a lot of RAM. The Android GO Edition can be explained in 3 key points
- Performance and storage improvements for the Operating System.
- A new set of Google apps. The designs are lighter and more relevant.
- You will find a new tuned version of the Google Play Store called the Go Play.
Google is encouraging developers and smartphone manufacturers to build Android GO ROMS for various devices.
However, the original Android 8.1 Oreo for the Pixel and Nexus phones remains the same and brings several new additions to the last Developer Preview 2. According to the December 2017 Security Bulletin, it comes with several vulnerability patches to key components like the Android system (OS), Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and much more.
Download factory images and OTA updates – December 2017 Security Patch
The Google Pixel and Nexus phones now dawn the latest firmware build number OPM1.171019.011. It comes to eligible devices like Pixel 2, Pixel 1st gen, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and 5X. See the list below for more details.
- Google Pixel 2 XL 8.1.0 (OPM1.171019.011, Dec 2017)
- Google Pixel 2 8.1.0 (OPM1.171019.011, Dec 2017)
- Google Pixel XL – 8.1.0 (OPM1.171019.011, Dec 2017)
- Google Pixel – 8.1.0 (OPM1.171019.011, Dec 2017)
- Google Pixel C – 8.1.0 (OPM1.171019.011, Dec 2017)
- Nexus 6P – 8.1.0 (OPM1.171019.011, Dec 2017)
- Nexus 5X – 8.1.0 (OPM1.171019.011, Dec 2017)
- Nexus 6 – 7.1.1 (NGI77B, Oct 2017, Verizon)
- Nexus Player – 8.0.0 (OPR2.170623.027, Nov 2017)
- Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi) –7.1.1 (N9F27M, Oct 2017)
- Nexus 9 (LTE) – 7.1.1 (N4F27P, Oct 2017)
How to Install Android 8.1 Oreo onto Nexus and Pixel Phones?
- If your device is running Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview 2 and already enrolled into Beta program, then all you need to do is sign out of the the Android Beta Program. Once unrolled, you’ll receive an update in the next few hours.
- If your device is on stable 8.0 Oreo update and haven’t received OTA notification, then you can download the OTA update and flash it using stock recovery or ADB sideload method. Read: How to install OTA updates?
- Alternatively, if you have rooted your device, then you can settle for flashing factory images using the fastboot mode. This is helpful when you have rooted your device and installed a custom TWRP recovery.
Flashing factory Images: