Beta testers to get Android N OTA updates, manual flashers won't

Beta testers to get Android N OTA updates, manual flashers won't
Google surprised us with a preview version of Android N earlier today and there is a lot to tell (we're installing it on a Nexus 9 right now to give you the full scoop). But, we need to warn you early adopters that you have to be careful how you get your version of Android N or else you may not get over-the-air (OTA) updates.

Although Google has released the proper system images for the Nexus 5X, 6, 6P, 9, Player, and Pixel C for those of you who like to manually update your devices (and, if you're that kind of person, you know where to find those images). However, if you choose that route, you will not get OTA updates, according to Google. On the new Android beta page, Google notes: "if you manually flashed Android N on your device by downloading the image from developer.android.com you won’t receive OTA updates automatically."

It seems that if you want to get OTA updates as the preview evolves into the full release, you have to join the beta program. Obviously, in order to do so, you'll need one of the devices listed above, but after that, the process is quite simple. Google claims the program is only for developers, but to get in all you have to do is sign in with your Google account on the beta page; there's no need to prove you're a developer. Once there, your eligible devices will be listed (as you can see below). 

Choose your device to enroll and (almost instantly) you'll get a notification on that device that you have an update from the Android Beta Program. The update image is just over 1GB, so be sure to clear out space. Obviously, keep in mind that this is a preview image, so there will be bugs. And, Google notes that if you opt out of the beta, all your data on that device will be wiped, so be sure to backup anything you need before rolling back.




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16 Comments

1. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

I enrolled and then unenrolled after reading the known issues section. I'm not a developer but thought of the novelty of getting things first. Soon as I remembered the annoying teething issues from my custom rom days, I was immediately reminded why I went with Nexus. Stability, speed, optimisations, security and FAST updates. Beta Testing is not needed for me.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Just wait for the later Previews Preview 1 (initial release, alpha) Preview 2 (incremental update, beta) Preview 3 (incremental update, beta) Preview 4 (final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing) Preview 5 (near-final system images for final testing) Preview 4+ should be pretty stable Sourcehttps://developer.android.com/preview/overview.html

2. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

i enrolled and yeah it's buggy (esp with the animations) but hey i can say i tested a beta version of android. Adds to the perks of having a 6P :P

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

3. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Meanwhile my 3 Galaxy devices - an Indonesian S6 G920F, a Singaporean Note5 N920I, and a dual SIM S6 Edge+ G9287C, are ALL still on Lollipop.

4. villagerguyz

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Me too...

5. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

the reason i decided to stick my nexus 6P and not upgrade to the GS7 Edge

11. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Tuntut Samsung aja. Biar kspok

6. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Speaking of beta testers. Is this website a beta? Keeps freezing on my Air 2. I can go other websites no problems. Maybe you need to do some house cleaning? Go down the line and your fired! Don't let the door hit you. Hire some good tech people. Mean while I'll be checking out Android Central.

12. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

use mobile version

13. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Yeah, same happens with me. I have to close the browser and open it again ti fix it. It only happens with desktop version on mobile devices.

16. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I will try that. Thanks

7. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I have a iPhone 6S as my daily driver and a Nexus 6 as my backup. Perfect for trying out beta software. Downloading now!

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Just downloaded it on my Nexus 9, now I just have to wait the 85 years for the battery to charge to a high enough level to install it!

10. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

So it's a beta yet still performs noticeably better on my tablet than stock Marshmallow or Lollipop ever did. Go figure.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'll wait until someone makes a TWRP flashable zip.

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