After the discovery of a series of issues, Google has decided to pull the Android 8.1 developer preview from availability for the Pixel 2. The most notable cause was a bootloader configuration issue that is affecting the device, causing bootloops and other issues,
The matter currently under investigation is whether the issue lies with the bootloader image that was included in the developer preview images, or if the issue lies with the bootloader that the devices shipped with. In either case, the factory image has been yanked, and the OTA files have been pulled.
If you're using a Pixel 2 and are desperate to get the Android 8.1 Developer Preview though, all hope is not lost. There is still a way to get to the 8.1 developer preview right now on the Pixel 2, and that is by enrolling the device in the Android Beta Program and waiting for the OTA update to be delivered to your device, as the current OTA images are unaffected by this problem. Google has stated that updated factory images will be provided later on for the device, as soon as said issues have been rectified. Additionally, if you're using a Pixel 2 and tried flashing the images and are stuck in a bootloop state or otherwise, you'll need the latest version of fastboot to proceed, according to Google Community Manager Orrin Hancock.
For those of you who have short memory spans, the Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview launched last week, introducing new features such as a Bluetooth device battery display, a wallpaper API that uses the Overlay Management Service theme system that Google is implementing, a settings menu redesign and plenty more.
What do you guys think? Do you own a Pixel 2, and if so, does this put you off developer previews? Or are you glad issues like this are being caught out in the beta stages? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts.