Final Android 8.1 Oreo OTA rolling out to Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 smartphones on Developer Preview 2

It’s been a busy week for Google, and not just because the search giant has weaponized the YouTube service in its argument with Amazon. We’ve also seen Android 8.0 begin rolling out to Android Wear devices, December’s security patch, the simultaneous release of Android Oreo Go and Android 8.1 becoming official, and now we have the final, production version of Android 8.1 Oreo being pushed via OTA to Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones signed up to the Android Beta Program and running Developer Preview 2.

The OTA has a rather meager file size of just 42.9MB for the Pixel 2 XL and an even smaller 40.6MB for the regular Pixel 2. It’s still probably best to download the update via WiFi if you are on a data capped plan. Since installing the update on the Pixel 2 XL, I haven’t seen any major changes, and to be honest, no minor changes either other than putting your device back on the stable channel of Android.

Despite Google promising to fix the ‘Check for Updates’ button earlier in 2017, it seems that the button is still not working like you think it should. Basically, it’s just window dressing and one of those bugs that Google doesn’t seem to care much about for some reason. Anyway, you should see the OTA notification appear on your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL handset so if it hasn’t already. Let us know if you notice anything of interest in the comments below.


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Huawei P10 and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).