January factory images for Nexus and Pixel devices are up, but there are issues

Good news for Pixel and Nexus owners; Google’s January factory images are now available for you to load up. This is the first security update since Android Oreo 8.1 rolled out last month that brought over some newer features to older Pixel devices, but also enhanced burn-in protection on the Pixel 2 and squashed some bugs.

The update fixes dozens of security issues, so you’ll definitely want to accept the update as soon as you can.

If you own a device that’s slated for the update, you should see the OTA update fairly soon. If you want to sideload the update without waiting you can grab those files at Google’s link below, but you might not want to take that route this time. There have been a few reports of lag after sideloading the update instead of waiting on the OTA update, so unless you’re comfortable with a potentially late night of resetting and fixing your phone, you might want to exercise some patience this time.

source: Google


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.


  • Ultras1986

    got it OTA last night on my Pixel 2 XL, no lag so far