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First Android N Developer Preview factory images are now available

The first Android N factory images are now available for select Nexus devices. While the Developer Preview is not meant to be run on daily driver phones, that won't stop people from trying it out on personal devices. Right now, you can download the factory images for some of the latest Nexus phones and tablets. Google has posted links for:

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 9
  • Nexus 9G
  • Nexus Player
  • Pixel C

If you own one of these, and are looking to install the Developer Preview, you can grab the files here. Google will also offer a way to install these over-the-air, but that is not yet available. Not sure how to update yourself? Be sure to check out our guide on how to manually update your Nexus device for more information.

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50 Comments
  • Is this the end for N5? I was already to flash these too. No way it can't be upgraded, M runs great on this thing even with encryption enabled. Please don't kill it off!
  • It'll probably still get security updates, but it is time to kill off the N5. Otherwise, 5X won't sell. As always, chefs will step in and ROMs will get cooked for it. Posted approved via Moto Maxx
  • It won't ever sell because it sucks.. I'll stick with M on the N5 until they make something worthwhile. The 6P is too big.. There is literally no other options aside from the N5 if you want a relatively small device running stock android that stays up to date.. This isn't a problem we should have in 2016. Get it together Google! Posted via Techmology
  • Yep Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • HTC 10 Relatively stock, radically amazing Just wait Posted via the Android Central App
  • nexus devices are usually updated to the newest software up to 2 years from release. not saying it won't get N for sure but most likely not.
  • Not having a developer preview for it could be a bad sign, they only promise 2 years of support for nexus devices.
    Still it also doesn't mean that it won't get the official version, but it's less likely.
    The nexus 4 didn't get M officially last year, so it makes sense. Head over to XDA though, I'm sure they'll have a build working on the nexus 5 at some point and it's usually pretty quick.
  • No way, most certainly the N5 will see android 20.0 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Probably, the nexus 4 runs lollipop, and marshmallow, fine but there's no official build of 6.x. They have to cut support at some stage, irritating as it may be. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I really hope not. Really hope N5 gets the update. It would be a shame if it doesn't. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I need to get a Nexus 6P. Not being able to flash this is killing me Posted via the Moto X Pure (2nd Gen.) running CM13 w/ Nova Prime & Xposed
  • Is the N7 2013 finally dead?? I hope not. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Yeah I hope not. Love my Nexus 7. Still the best tab. Posted via the Android Central App (Motorola Nexus 6 - US Cellular)
  • Yep I hope not either. It still runs as smooth as when I got it. Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Great stuff this is why I have Nexus.. 6 in this case.
    There goes my evening... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dang, I was hoping to try this out on my Nexus 5 (or even 7 2013), since my 6P is my daily driver now.
  • I'm sure XDA will have a ROM cooked up for one or both of those fairly quickly. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hate how the n5 doesn't get it but the useless nexus player does. That doesn't make any sense to me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exciting stuff Citizens 4 Constitutional Freedom
  • Really Google? You think cutting N5, from it will force people buying N5X...? Wrong target audience to cut it.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They're sadly mistaken Posted via Techmology
  • Yes they are. Posted via the Android Central App (Motorola Nexus 6 - US Cellular)
  • I don't think that's the reason. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Of course not. But grumble grumble Google you need to keep an entire team working on all of your old phones because reasons!! RAWR.
  • Reasons that are valid. There's no good replacement for the N5. If we liked the 5X we'd have an alternative at least. And because the N5 won't quit, keep it up to date until it can't handle it. That's why we buy unlocked, not in 2 yr cycles. We (many) keep our phones until we NEED new ones. Posted via Techmology
  • Beta link is down.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Android N? That's so last week. I'm using Android O. Android Oreo. I'm ahead of the game.
  • I downloaded it, and I went to my "download" files on my Nexus 9, and it says "can't open file" ._. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You have to flash it.. Not install it Posted via Techmology
  • Lmao, I wish it was that simple. Akephalos shine through me
  • -_- you probably should not be doing dev preview based on that comment alone ..you have to flash it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This Posted via the Android Central App
  • Support N5 Google, it's your crown jewel of devices! Posted via Techmology
  • Thanks, you guys just reminded me mine is still in my trunk after some deadbeat didn't pay for it on fleebay. Loved that phone and it's value is down so much now I guess I'll just keep it as a backup. I never take OTAs so don't give a damn if it's officially supported. It will be supported by devs for a long time.
  • I'm still waiting for marshmallow for the v10 Posted via the Android Central App
  • As am I on my galaxy s6. :( lol Next phone will be nexus Posted via the Android Central App
  • V10? Like that phone that is designed, produced, manufactured, coded and maintained by LG? So the complain here is that Google is not officially offering early developer preview to a device it has nothing to do with it? Oh OK, that makes sense!
  • Is this the end for the 2013 Nexus 7? Just like with the Android M preview, Android N preview is not available for the 2013 Nexus 7
  • Yes but the Nexus 7 did get 6.0 Posted via the Android Central App (Motorola Nexus 6 - US Cellular)
  • Looks good. I really like the new settings menu and quick settings. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The most interesting feature, in my opinion, is doze when the screen is off. I love that feature on my HTC One_M8. I wished htc would still update it to Android N... But I guess I will have to resort to a custom rom. I love my m8 just as much as when I bought it!
  • N10 didn't get MM neither did the N4. This year I'm sure it's definitely N7 2013 and N5 day to be put out to pasture.
  • Exactly. Anyone surprised by this hasn't been paying attention. Posted via the Android Central App
  • CM13, runs well on my nexus 10, leaves something to be desired on battery life however.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Regardless that's be kind of pathetic since both are fast and fluid and smooth. I have them both and let's be honest. Apple has the best support for their devices. Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Nice, at least I can use my devices for another year
    Must resist upgrade...
    Nexus 6 & 9
  • I only really use my Nexus 9 for travel and I don't have any major trips planned until fall. I think I will sign up for the OTA beta for kicks and to stay on top of what's new.
  • If it sucks, you can flash back to a factory image easy Posted via the Android Central App
  • Flashing my nexus 9 now.... rebooting.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Will wait what Nexus phone for this year and consider change my lovely N5 :(