Few days before Samsung takes the stage in New York City to present the Galaxy Note 9, Google has stolen the spotlight with the surprise release of Android 9.0 Pie. The new version of Android is focused to react more intelligently with users, learning about their habits and automatically adapting the battery, brightness and applications to meet their needs depending on place and time.
Most Android users will have to wait for months to access the final software, but if you have a Pixel or Essential, you can upgrade to Android Pie today. If you do not want to wait for the update to arrive on your phone through an OTA update, you can download the factory images from Google right now. If you do not know the steps of how to install an OTA or a factory image, be sure to read the instructions on the Google website before trying.
As long as you have the right device, you can update using the OTA image, which does not require having an unlocked bootloader or use the factory image (which is faster and does not require an unlocked bootloader, but is more risky). If you feel uncomfortable doing the steps above, it is best to wait for the update to arrive to your phone automatically.
How to install Android 9 Pie
Here is a long list of update files for virtually every phone that Google has made, so be sure to download the correct image before starting to update your device. It is also a good idea to back up your data before starting the process, especially if you use the factory image.
List of phones that can currently be updated to Android 9 Pie:
Pixel 2 XL
Nokia 7 Plus
Oppo R15 Pro
Sony Xperia XZ2
I live X21
I live X21UD
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
If you have a compatible phone, you can get it right now, just go to the system update in the system settings and touch Check for updates, the Android 9 update will appear and you can download and install it today.