The list of issues with the new Pixel devices has been unfortunately long. But you have to give to Google for fixing all these issues so promptly. The recent fix by Google is to a bug, which caused some Google Pixel 2 devices to fail when flashing Android 8.1 Oreo. As reported by XDA Developers, Google has published a new commit in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) which addresses the issue.
This issue was first spotted in October 2017 with the rollout of the then new software, and was discovered when some users tried to install it via Fastboot. While some users reported that they simply failed to install the firmware, some claimed it had bricked their handsets entirely.
“The Pixel 2 system images release was a bit of a disaster because anyone using an old version of Fastboot would blindly flash too few partitions, potentially bricking their device,” Google wrote in the commit. “This change lets us add a line to the android-info.txt file for a device with a new partition.”
Interestingly, as Android Authority reports, this bug and the eventual fix has now birthed the discussion on Reddit, that if it was worth trying to flash the firmware in the first place, when Pixel owners could have just waited to get it over-the-air.
Meanwhile, Google’s next-in-line, Android P, is already out in its first developer preview. The upcoming OS will grace the third set of Pixel smartphones sometime later this year. Until then, the developer community will be looking at all that is new and improved in the OS. Some of the important features include native support for the notch or cutout, improved notifications, and an overall minimalist design. Certain camera enhancements have also been implemented to leverage AI and multi-camera setups.