It's been less than a month since the announcement of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and only a matter of weeks since it landed in the hands of users. However, the Android enthusiast community works fast and works hard; and their work has paid off. An alpha build of TWRP is now available for download and installation on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Senior recognized developer Dees_Troy made the announcement yesterday, along with a series of notes regarding the nature of these builds and any large bugs/issues that are present in them. For instance, Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) is not working, so you won't be able to transfer files to and from your PC while your phone is in TWRP recovery mode. In addition, you won't be able to use TWRP to decrypt, backup, or restore your data. Finally, Dees_Troy stated that he doesn't know what will happen if you try to perform a factory reset with the custom recovery on your Pixel 2 or 2 XL, and you'll only be able to use TWRP in a "temp-boot" state.
For those of you who are unaware, TWRP is a custom recovery that allows for the flashing of custom ROMs on devices that support them. There isn't a multitude of custom ROMs based on Android 8.0 Oreo at the moment, and even fewer on the Pixel 2 XL at the moment. However, we're happy to see that when they come, users won't be held back by the lack of a custom recovery; TWRP is ahead of the game. If you need help getting started, we covered the TWRP installation method in out Android root guide. You can grab TWRP Alpha for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
What do you guys think? Will you try out this version of TWRP on your shiny new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts.