7 Things to Know About the March Nexus 6P Android 8.1 Update

A new Nexus 6P Android 8.1 Oreo update is available and Google’s March build comes with important security patches for your phone.

The Nexus 6P won’t get upgraded to the company’s new Android P update, but it will continue to get Android Oreo updates throughout the year.

The latest update is a brand new March Android 8.1 build and it’s the third security release since the release of Android 8.1 Oreo back in December.

The March Android 8.1 update is a small update, just a few megabytes, but it could have a major impact on your device. Some of you won’t see much of a change from the previous Android 8.1 builds, but many others will.

The Nexus 6P’s new Android 8.1 update doesn’t come with any known bug fixes for the aging former flagship, but there’s always a chance the new build irons out random bugs or performance issues. There’s also a chance it hurts your device’s performance.

The latest version of Android 8.1 is causing problems for some Nexus 6P users and we expect complaints to pickup as the roll out picks up speed and more people download the software to their phone.

Our guide to the March Nexus 6P Android 8.1 update takes a look at these problems. It also shows you how to download the new Android 8.1 build right now, some things you should do before you install the latest version of Android 8.1, and some other details you should know before, and after, you install Android 8.1 on your phone.

We’ll continue to update this roundup with new information as we push away from the update’s release date.

How to Get the March Android 8.1 Update Right Now

How to Get the March Android 8.1 Update Right Now

Google's released two new Android 8.1 builds for the Nexus 6P. The March Oreo builds are known as OPM3.171019.016 and OPM5.171019.017 (Softbank).

The update is rolling out to the Nexus 6P, but it could be a few days before it lands for every Nexus 6P model in the United States. 

If you want to skip the OTA you can download the March Android 8.1 build right now by sideloading the correct factory image onto your device.

If you don't want to manually install the software right now, head into your device's settings a few times a day to check for the March build. 

It typically takes a couple of weeks for the roll out to finish up so don't be surprised if your update lags. 

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