The November Pixel 2 Android Oreo update is the monthly security patch for Google’s new phone. While most Nexus and Pixel devices received patches to protect their device, the Pixel 2 update is fixing problems too.
Google’s latest Oreo release is small, coming in around 59MB, but it has important changes that will have a big impact on your phone. You’ll want to know what’s new and get familiar with it before you download the update.
And while many Pixel 2 owners will likely download the new Android 8.0 update right away, some might be better off waiting or knowing what to expect ahead of time.
The company’s November Android Oreo update is rolling out right now as an over-the-air software update. If you didn’t get it on November 6th, you should see it today or within the next 24-48 hours.
Our guide below goes over all the important things you need to know about software changes, display fixes, and device performance after the update.
We’ll explain some steps to take before installing the November Android Oreo update. Detail some of the current problems plaguing users. Then offer some tips to help you get the most from your phone. In closing, we’ll look at what’s coming next for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
November Pixel 2 Android Oreo Update Impressions
Everyone with a Pixel 2 is already enjoying Google's latest Android 8.0 Oreo update. That means this release is small, and you won't notice any major changes. The entire download and installation should only take a few minutes.
In fact, at just 59MB in size, this is a small, fast, and painless update for most.
We've been using the Pixel 2 November Oreo update for the last 24 hours and have been keeping an eye on performance, battery life, and testing Bluetooth. Three key areas for a lot of owners.
This update added a slew of changes to Bluetooth for Android 8.0 Oreo. Google fixed connectivity as a whole, made changes to car connectivity, patched some security issues, and a few other things for developers. We're not experiencing any problems with Bluetooth on the Pixel 2 November update. It connects fine, does so very fast, and hasn't dropped once. The November update should fix Bluetooth problems once and for all, at least according to Google. This is for all devices, not just the Pixel 2.
Battery life is as expected, working exactly the same as it was before the update. Which is to say it's pretty great. I got over 6 hours of screen-on time yesterday and didn't need to recharge the Pixel 2 XL until this morning. Even after doing something as intensive as a software update.
If you didn't get the update yet head to Settings > System > System Updates > Check for update.
If that doesn't work, open the phone dialer and type *#*#2432546#*#* to force check. It will say check-in succeeded. Then, wait about a minute and you should get the update. Here's how to install it manually if you don't want to wait.