Android 8.1 Final Release Planned For December, Developer Preview Launched

Android Oreo’s new version is on the way, though, and you can try it right now. Google has launched a developer preview for Android 8.1. The easiest way to get started with developing and testing is to enroll your supported device in the Android Beta Program.

You’ll then receive updates over-the-air to the latest preview releases. The developer preview supports a range of hardware devices, from phones to tablets and TV. If you want to install a system image directly, you can use the links and instructions on this page to download a system image and flash it to your device.

If you have access to a supported device, you can receive over-the-air updates to preview versions of Android by enrolling that device in the Android Beta Program.

Or at any time you can download the latest Developer Preview system image and manually flash it to your device. Manually flashing a device is useful if you need precise control over the test environment or need to reinstall frequently, such as for automated testing.

Installing a system image on a device removes all data from the device, so you should back up your data first.

If you want to get on the dev preview, it’s compatible with the following devices.

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Pixel C
  • Pixel
  • Pixel XL
  • Pixel 2
  • Pixel 2 XL

The Android 8.1 preview runs from today until the OS is released, which Google expects to happen in December.

Warning: Uninstalling a Developer Preview system image prior to the end of the program requires a full device reset and removes all user data on the device.

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