September 23, 2020

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Google Posts Factory Images, Android 11 beta, and Kernel Sources of Pixel 4a

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Android 11

Google launched the Pixel 4a, having a code-name “sunfish”. This device is the tech giant’s second mid-range Pixel smartphone and is priced at $349. The device features a 5.81-inch OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, 6GB RAM – 128GB storage, 3140mAh battery, 3.5mm audio jack, excellent camera support, and Google’s software support.

The phone went on sale officially last week, but Google has recently uploaded tools, files and documentations required by developers interested in running custom software. Google had promised to make the Android 11 Beta 3 available for the Pixel 4a, when the OS version was released.

Pixel 4a owners can now use the Android Beta program, which allows users receive an OTA update to the latest Android Beta release. An alternative is either for users to flash the Android 11 Beta 3 Factory image, or side-load the full OTA file.

The current build number is rpb3.200720.005, which is similar to the builds of other Pixel phones eligible for Android 11 Beta. Google also uploaded the device tree and Kernel source code for the device. They will be a helpful tutorial reference for developers interested in designing a custom kernel to boot TWRP or AOSP-based custom ROM.

Factory Images ||| Device Tree

Kernel Source CodeAndroid 10.0.0 Release 0.87 ||| Android 10 Beta 3 Release 0.6 ||| Prebuilt binaries

Author: Joel Onyeike

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