Prepping your Pixel or Nexus device for the Android 8.1 Oreo update could go a long way toward preventing problems and serious headaches.

Google’s Android 8.1 update is out of beta and the upgrade is available for select Nexus and Pixel devices including the Pixel 2, Pixel, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P.

Android 8.1 Oreo delivers a long list of improvements including new features, enhancements and bug fixes. It also has brought problems to some Nexus and Pixel owners. The list of problems is short, but we expect it to grow as the roll out picks up speed in the weeks ahead.

Google’s new Android Oreo update will improve your device in a variety of ways and most of you will want to install Android 8.1 Oreo on your phone or tablet. Just make sure you do some prep work first.

The unpredictable nature of major upgrades is precisely we recommend preparing yourself, and your device, for Android 8.1 Oreo. There’s no telling what will happen once you begin the download and installation process.

We’ve put together a game plan that takes you through everything we usually do before we install new Android software on our devices. We took these steps before we downloaded Android 8.1 Oreo and the software is running fine (so far) on the Pixel and the Nexus 5X.

Get Familiar with Android 8.1

Get Familiar with Android 8.1

If you avoided the Android 8.1 beta and/or you haven’t dug into Android 8.1’s changes, make sure you do that before you install the software on your phone or tablet. This way, you won’t be caught off guard. 

Google’s latest Oreo update comes with a long list of tweaks. Some of these are extremely visible, others are much smaller and harder to find. 

If you didn’t use the Android 8.1 beta on your Nexus or Pixel device you might not have a firm grasp on the differences between Android 8.0 and Android 8.1. We encourage you to get comfortable with those changes before you make your move. 

To help, we’ve put together a guide that will take you through the Android 8.1 update and its features. Google’s also put together its own guide that will help you track down the most notable features and enhancements. 




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