After successful beta testing, stable version of Android 8.1 Oreo is now starts rolling out with December 2017 Security Patches to all supported Pixel and Nexus devices. The OTA updates and factory images are now available for downloads at Google’s download section for manual installation. Also, all supported devices will get the OTA (over-the-air) update in the coming days.
Android 8.1 Oreo comes with some useful changes. For example, the update will reduce the storage footprint of inactive apps, the autofill function has now improved, includes option to enable ‘Visual Core’ image-processing chip in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for better photography, December 2017 Security Patches, Neural Networks API, as well as various optimizations and general bug fixes.
Besides the Android 8.1 release, Google has also launched the Android Oreo Go edition for entry-level devices. It targets for low-memory devices having 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM. Android Oreo Go edition comes with optimized versions of Google apps, which requires less memory, less storage space, and less mobile data.
Comes to the Android 8.1 Oreo for Pixel and Nexus, the new update comes with build number OPM1.171019.011 and available for all eligible devices, such as Pixel 2, Pixel 2XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, and 5X.
All eligible devices will get the Android 8.1 Oreo OTA update in the coming days. You can also download and install the update manually.
If your device is on stable 8.0 Oreo update, you can download the OTA update and flash it using stock recovery or ADB sideload method.
1. Download Android 8.1 OTA update from above link and then follow this guide to know how to install the OTA update manually on Pixel and Nexus devices.
If your device is running on an older version of the OS (for example, Nougat) or if it is rooted, then you need to download Android 8.1 factory images and flash manually.