Android N

Factory Images Available for Latest Android N Build

March 17, 2016 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Last week, Google released the Android N Developer Preview, well ahead of Google I/O which kicks off in May. One of the changes for the developer preview this year, was to offer it in over-the-air form. Allowing you to easily get the updates via OTA instead of having to flash the entire factory image to get the preview and to get each preview leading up to the final release – which will be available sometime in August or September. Today, Google started rolling out a new update to the Android N Developer Preview devices. The update is pretty small, coming in at about 30MB in size. There’s no changelog just yet, noting what’s been changed in this update.

The OTA is rolling out now, however the factory images are also available. So if you don’t want to wait for the OTA to come to your device, you can easily flash the factory image to your device. However, Google has noted that OTA’s are coming to devices in the developer preview much faster than the normal updates. Stating that they should see the OTA’s within 24 hours of the update being available. Much faster than the typical week or two for security updates and such.

While we don’t have a changelog just yet, it’s safe to assume that this build does address some critical bugs that are in the first developer preview. Google engineers have also been marking off issues in the Android Bug Tracker as fixed in an upcoming version. Which could be this small update, or it could be the second developer preview, which is likely coming in a few more weeks. It’s tough to know right now. As always, we’ll be sure to let you know what’s new with this update once we have it installed.

The Android N Developer Preview is available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, and the Pixel C. So if you have any of those devices, you can use the developer preview and see what Google has been cooking up for the Android N release – which the name is still unknown.