Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview is now available for download.
Unexpectedly, Google announced the new Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview for the Nexus and Pixel devices yesterday. Those using the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, however, were not able to sign up for the preview program immediately it was announced, but the factory images were readily available for download.
The result of this was that most people opted to flash the said factory images. Unfortunately, it appears that some Google Pixel 2 users have been experiencing errors when trying to flash the images to the phone.
One thing that makes the Pixel and Nexus programs quite appealing to many out there is the ability to flash betas, custom ROMs or even recovery images. With many Google Pixel 2 users unable to do any of these, it really becomes frustrating. Some users were able to fix the issue by simply reconnecting the data cable to the PC, but this is not a permanent fix. Some users have even reported that the Pixel 2 won’t get out of the bootloader despite having seemingly flashed properly while others can’t flash any bootloader, even the original one.
Given the different scenarios, it’s possible that the Google Pixel 2 factory images have a problem, but Google has yet to say a thing about it. So, for now, your guess is as good as mine, but we hope it won’t be long before a solution is published. While the temporary solution was to turn to the OTA update, it appears that some Redditors are having issues with installing it on the Pixel 2. With this in mind, it’s possible that this could be a widespread issue and more will come out as people get into the new Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview program.
For now, better stay off the factory images and OTA files, that is, if they fail to install. Hopefully, Google will push a revised version sooner than later.
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