Although the duo Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL were introduced on October 4 and have been available for pre-order since then, they are officially on sale from tomorrow.
All Android developers know that it is important to have the factory images available to restore the phone back to the original state, in case aftermarket the firmware does not work
Google is quick to get Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL updated as they have just uploaded the Factory Images for two both phones, just a week since phones have been shipping to customers. Besides, Google has also released a couple of new OTA images if users want to manually update their phone to the latest version, instead of flashing an factory image and having to wipe the device.
( also see: How to flash Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Image on Nexus 6)
You can now grab the Factory Images or the OTA Images for your devices just by clicking on the link below, although you know how to flash this software, you should make note that we only recommend flashing these images if you are aware of the process. If not, you should wait for the software to be sent your phone over-the-air, which might not be in the near future.
Not only indicating the possibility of receiving fast updates for future versions, the arrival of Factory and OTA images for the Pixel and Pixel XL also specifies that these two devices will actually get latest images for users to flash, which was not exactly clear from then to now. At present, Google has not yet posted a change log for these software versions, but it is possible that both the Pixel and Pixel XL are already running on Android 7.1 Nougat when out of the box. However, if you are so motivated, you can flash either image now.
( Related: Android 7.1 Developer Preview arrives later this month)
Finally, a small note that if you are having a Verizon Pixel phone, it will be locked bootloader, and the unlocked models sold by Google will have an unlockable bootloader. However, if you unlock the bootloader on your Pixel, Android Pay will no longer be available for the security purposes.
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