The wait is finally over as you can now install Android 9 Pie on your phone, right now, though with some caveats.
Android P had been in a beta stage for quite some time and surprisingly supported many cell phones to be able to test the new update. Now when the new Android software has been tested and polished, you can download its final build. Though sadly, the finals builds are currently available for only Google Pixel mobile phones, and quite surprisingly to a newcomer in the market: the Essential Phone.
But then there are still some features which won’t be included in the update even for these phones, for instance, App slices. In case you happen to have other Android devices instead of these two, then there is no other option but to wait till the end of Fall which means at least three months from now on or even five. On the other hand, if you do have these devices, then its quite easy to install Android P on your Pixel or Android phone right away.
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How to download and install Android Pie on a Pixel or Essential Phone
- First of all, make sure you either have one of these five phones, else you won’t receive the update option: The Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL or The Essential Phone.
- Most importantly do not forget to backup your devices in case anything goes wrong while updating.
- Since the update is supposed to be OTA (Over the Air), you just need to head over to Settings > System > System Update and check if there is an update available. The update is slowly rolling out, so if you haven’t received it yet, give it a day or two. Your phone probably would also notify you itself if there is an update available.
- Once the update is available to download, just press on download and install. Though before doing this make sure your phone has an adequate amount of battery left since it won’t continue until enough juice is present. Alternatively, you can also try updating by connecting a charger and then proceeding with the update download
The update would download and install itself, and you would be using an Android Pie in no time.