The Android N Developer Preview update is already available through OTA (over-the-air) for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 LTE, Nexus Player and Pixel C. Since Google has now released factory images of the update for some of these devices, users can now also install Android N by manually flashing the ROM.
In the previous week, Google had started its Android N Developer Preview program for the aforementioned devices. Except for Google Nexus 6, Google has released the following factory images:
- Nexus 5X (Build NPC56W)
- Nexus 6P (Build NPC56W)
- Nexus 9 (Build NPC56X)
- Nexus 9 LTE (Build NPC56X)
Since flashing a factory image is not an easy process, users who have not tried it before are advised to wait for the official Android N OTA update notification to show up on their devices. Users also need to be aware that the first preview update that has been released now is not a stable upgrade. Rumors suggest that in the near future, the Android N Developer Preview will also be made available for Nexus 5.
To receive the Android N Developer Preview OTA update, users are required to enroll with the Android Beta Program. Alternatively, users can flash the factory image manually by following the instructions here. Users who flash the ROM on their devices manually should be aware that they will not be able to receive OTA updates automatically.
Currently, Android N is available for testing with developers. Google was expected to showcase Android N Developer Preview at the upcoming Google I/O 2016 event that will be held in May. However, it surprised the tech world by releasing it earlier this month.
Google will release five preview updates before the final version of Android N update will be officially made available to general users in the third quarter of 2016. The Android N is expected to come preinstalled on the Google Nexus 2016 smartphones.