Easily Install Android O Developer Preview on Nexus Player

The Android O Developer Preview is here, and if you’re a developer (or just a person way to curious who lacks patience) here’s how to install it right away. Yes, you can easily install Android O Developer Preview on your own Nexus Player device, but not before knowing a few essential things about the current situation.

Let me tell you that the Android O Developer Preview is being released only as a factory image, so this time you can’t just go to Android‘s beta page and get the update as an over-the-air release. This is because O is very early, and isn’t intended to be installed by the general population — just by developers at this point.

The fact that Google did not release this build through the already existing Beta channel also gives us a clue that it might be a buggy version. Google even mentions that a public beta will be available at a later date, and this first preview is largely for developers. Still, if you want to take a crack at seeing Android O now, here you can find a tutorial detailing each and every step of the way.

Get ready for the operation:

Easily Install Android O Developer Preview on Nexus Player:

  1. Google’s Developer Preview site has the Android O updates that I am talking about. Here’s the one for your device too;
  2. You need to extract the Android O system image you downloaded inside a new folder. Name it something simple to remember such as ‘Android’;
  3. There is another zip file that must be extracted;
  4. Then, you should move the files into the ADB and Fastboot folder;
  5. Assuming you device is already connected to your computer via USB, then you need to restart it in fastboot mode;
  6. Now, you should type fastboot oem unlock to unlock you device;
  7. Type flash-all to install the bootloader, baseband firmware, as well as operating system;
  8. If you get a missing system.img error, run the below commands one by one in the command window:
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
    fastboot flash system system.img
  9. Once it’s finished, your device will reboot and the latest version of Android O will be installed.

That’s it. Enjoy the changes!

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