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Google: Factory images available for Pixel und Pixel XL Phones

Factory images are now available for the Pixel and PIxel XL Phone by Google
Factory images are now available for the Pixel and PIxel XL Phone by Google
Thanks to an unlockable bootloader in the freely available Pixel and Pixel XL phones sold in the Google store, these phones are as perfect for developers and professionals as the former Nexus devices were. Factory and OTA images are now available from Google

Google has uploaded factory images for their Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, that are available in the Unites States and Canada since yesterday. Thanks to an unlockable bootloader in the free version available in the Google store, you can not only install alternative firmware like Cyanogen Mod, once it is available for the Pixel Phones but also easily revert to the stock firmware by reinstaling the factory images. Pixel Phones sold by Verizon unfortunately have their bootloader locked. The factory images are available on Google's Nexus developer site here, together with instructions on how to install them.

Google also released their first update for the Pixel and Pixel XL, which can be installed over the air (OTA). It is said to fix some WiFi connection issues and can also be installed using OTA images on the Nexus developer pages. We have started our Live-Test of the Pixel XL and will update our test pages regularily. Be sure to check in from time to time if you are interested in this device. We also put together a collection of reviews by other magazines and sites for the Pixel and Pixel XL. Check them out!

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Alexander Fagot, 2016-10-21 (Update: 2016-10-21)
Alexander Fagot
Alexander Fagot - Editor
As a former projectionist still used to working with 35 mm film and experience in computer assembling and overclocking, I was drawn to the professional IT crowd a couple of years back and started working in IT support, Windows administration and project management before discovering my love for traveling the world. Now I am working as a news editor from all parts of the world, mostly writing about gadgets and mobile gear for Notebookcheck.