There is a lot of talk going on about the Android N update. As the developer preview appeared the other day, there have been many questions including OTA updates, but Google confirmed that it is still possible to access the OTAs even after users flash the system image.
Google is expected to release the Android N update during the Google I/O conference and several details about the firmware already surfaced. Previously, users thought that instantly flashing the update on their devices will prevent them from getting the OTA updates from the new beta program. However, this is not the case. Google confirmed that the warning was not properly worded.
According to the developer site: “Manually flashed system images do not automatically receive OTA updates to later Developer Preview milestone builds. Make sure to keep your environment up-to-date and flash a new system image at each Developer Preview milestone.”
The site also added: “If you decide you want to get OTA updates after manually flashing a device, all you need to do is enroll the device in the Android Beta Program. You can enroll the device at any time to receive the next Preview update over the air.”
The confusion surfaced a few days ago. Basically, there is the system image and the beta program. For those who became part of the beta program, the update is pushed to the device via the developer preview. This offers updates every time a new preview build becomes available. However, Google’s Dave Burke clarified that Google is providing full package OTAs instead of incremental ones. This is almost the same as flashing a system image, according to Android Police.
There are big things expected of the Android N including a big leap for the Pixel C thanks to its split-screen feature. However, just like other updates, Google has not released the final details so the firmware is still subject for changes.