The folks over Google like to keep their promises, including the one that the Android 7.1 Developer Preview would be available by the end of October. Currently, everybody who owns a Nexus 5X or 6P, as well as the Pixel C tablet can try the new update! As a side note, the timing is more than just great, as starting with tomorrow, Verizon and Best Buy will start selling the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the first two devices to run Android 7.1 out of the box.
This is the first time when a developer preview is available so early, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise, since we’re talking about Nexus and Pixel devices, which are well known for being first in line for receiving Google’s latest desserts.
Therefore, if you own one of the above mentioned devices, there are three ways through which you can install the Android 7.1 Developer preview:
- Sign up for the Android Beta program and you will be allows to download the preview over-the-air.
- Download the factory image as a TGZ file and eventually flash it to your phone, using the flast.bat method.
- Finally, you can also download the OTA zip file and your phone or tablet will be updated to the latest preview build.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that the first method presented here remains the easiest, as everything you need to do is sign up for the program and wait for the notification prompting you to download the update.
Also, don’t forget that if, for any reasons, you don’t like the Android 7.1 Developer Preview, you can return to the latest version of the public software, but your data might be wiped in the process. Therefore, our recommendation is to perform a full backup before trying the preview.