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Android 10 update headaches skipped by Google Pixel 2 XL enjoying Android R

The Google Pixel 2 XL received a very good score of 88% in our review.
The Google Pixel 2 XL received a very good score of 88% in our review.
There have been plenty of headlines written in regard to smartphone owners waiting to receive an update to Android 10. However, smartphones are definitely not created equally, as an image of a Google Pixel 2 XL running on an alleged version of Android R has demonstrated. Android R is likely a preliminary name for Android 11.

While multitudes of impatient smartphone users are still constantly checking their devices to see if an update to Android 10 has appeared at some point overnight, it seems that some flagship owners are certainly luckier than others. An image of a Google Pixel 2 XL (see below) has been shared on Twitter that shows the Android version as “R”…rub it in Google, it’s not even a Pixel 4 series phone!

There has been some speculation about how some fortunate Google Pixel 2 XL owner could have ended up with what is believed to be an early build of Android 11. PiunikaWeb has stated that the operating system could be a developer build or an example of a Generic System Image (GSI), so owners of Android 9-based smartphones don’t necessarily need to get Android envy just yet.

But if you are currently waiting in frustration for an Android 10 update for your device of choice, it might be a bit too soon to consider trading it in for a second-generation Pixel smartphone. Not much is known about the features that Android R or Android 11 will bring to users, although there has been mention of Airplane Mode being reconfigured so it doesn’t shut off Bluetooth connections when selected.

Google Pixel 2 XL with Android R. (Image source: @DroidIvan_)
Google Pixel 2 XL with Android R. (Image source: @DroidIvan_)
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-02- 5 (Update: 2020-02- 5)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.