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Google Releases OTA & Factory Images For Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL

Posted On: Oct 19, 2018   |   Posted By: Android Headlines

In short: Google has now released factory and OTA images for its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL handsets, allowing users to flash a completely clean stock build to their handsets. Files are available for both the factory unlocked and Verizon variations. The primary difference between the two is that the carrier version comes with a locked bootloader to prevent flashing custom firmware but downloading and installing the wrong variant can cause issues. So Google has clearly marked each Verizon version at the official download page. In the meantime, the Google Pixel 3 can be found on either factory image or OTA image page under the “blueline” designation. The larger Pixel 3 XL can be found under “crosshatch.”
Background: The release of factory images isn't at all uncommon since Google's handsets are intended to be completely unlocked and have been from when the Nexus branding was first introduced. In effect, the images are there to ensure that if something goes wrong during the flashing of custom firmware, or if users...

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