Earlier this week, Google released the Pixel C tablet to the world by making it available for purchase on the Google Store. Today, the company released Android 6.0.1 factory images and binaries for their new gadget.
Google has released two Android 6.0.1 factory images for the Pixel C, carrying build numbers MXB48J and MXB48K respectively, with “ryu” being the codename for Pixel C’s software branch. These packages have arrived only 4 days after Google released the latest factory images for the Nexus lineup. We have already talked about the new features in Android 6.0.1 in a previous post.
Using these factory images, users can flash their Pixel C back to stock in case they screw up while toying with the device’s software. Of course, for that to happen, there needs to be custom ROMs for the Pixel C in the first place. Google’s taken care of that as well by releasing the proprietary binaries, codenamed “dragon”, as well. This bit of news is sure to delight ROM developers.
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The Pixel C is Google’s take on a convertible device, which works as a tablet when you want to use the device for media consumption and entertainment, and as a laptop once you dock the tablet on the keyboard accessory (sold separately) that can be used for work.
Google isn’t the only company that’s trying to compete with the Microsoft Surface Pro line – HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus all offer similar convertible devices to consumers, all of them running on Windows OS. There’s also the Apple iPad Pro that’s based on iOS 9. Meanwhile, the Pixel C runs on Android OS, although there is a report suggesting that Google originally tested Chrome OS on the Pixel C.
Getting back to today’s story, you can find the download links to the Pixel C factory images and binaries down below.