On 21st March, Google officially announced the Android O Developer Preview. It is not the final version yet. But for those who are interested in trying out the Android O Developer preview, you will need Google devices to run them. The Android O will run on specific Google devices, and they are Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Google Nexus 6P, Google Nexus 5X and Nexus Player. You can get the Android O in any of these devices mentioned above only.
Before we move into the step by step procedure for download, you need to know one important factor. If you download and install the new Beta version of Android O, it will not be a stable one. Since it is a beta version, it will come with bugs and issues. One more thing is, the process of this installation is not an easy one. So you might end up with a bricked device. So it is advisable that you don’t try it on your own if you don’t have a clear idea of what you are doing.
Steps to install Android O Developer Preview
The first step is to backup the device data because this installation will wipe out everything. Now you have to visit the Android Developers Website. Download the correct factory image from a list of devices on your PC.
You will also need the latest ADB tools which include the Google Android drivers installed on your PC. You have to unlock the bootloader of your device. To unlock the bootloader, you have to go to the device settings and then open the Developer Options. Click on OEM unlocking.
Now, turn off the device and reboot it into the fastboot mode. You can do it by pressing the power button and volume button together. Once you are in the fastboot mode, you have to connect the device to your PC through USB cable. Open a command prompt window on PC and then type ADB command “adb fastboot oem unlock.” You will get a prompt as confirmation.
After unlocking the bootloader, install the Android O Developer Preview. To do it, open the device in fastboot mode by pressing the volume and power buttons. Unzip the file of Android O. it will have a lot of files and a zip file as factory image.
Put the path where you have extracted the Android O zip file on the command prompt. Flash the .img files. It will include the bootloader, radio and factory images. It is better to extract the factory image zip and separately install the different img files.
To flash the files, you can use adb command, “fastboot flash radio .” Do this for bootloader as, “fastboot flash bootloader.” Do this for all img files. After you flash all the files, you have to hit terminal command reboot and wait for the Android to boot.