Google just released a new web tool for Android developers who like to play around with AOSP test builds. Since it allows you to flash AOSP on Pixel and other Android devices, it is called Android Flash Tool. The name is pretty generic and there are already a few tools called that. However, this is an official word from Google. And this Android Flash Tool works in your browser.
In case you don’t know, Project open source AOSP or Android is the open source software on which all the different versions of Android are based. This includes the version of Android found on Google’s own Pixel devices. Like Chrome, Google’s official browser is based on Chromium and then almost every other browser is also based on Chromium.
Google’s Android Flash Tool
Google’s new Android Flash Engine is compatible with any WebUSB-enabled browser, not just Chrome. However, for now, only the latest versions of Chrome and Microsoft Edge support it. The tool allows you to quickly download and flash AOSP images on Pixel and other Android devices directly from the web. Needless to say, it’s not for you unless you’re a developer.
Google’s web-based Android Flash Tool is also not for people who want to quickly flash custom ROMs or mods. Its sole purpose is probably to make it easier for app developers to test app compatibility with newer AOSP builds of Android when Google releases them. Considering the history, Google will also be releasing a new AOSP build for Android 11 soon. So the timing to release this Android Flash Tool couldn’t be better.
Install AOSP Images never been a streamlined process, even in the case of Pixel handsets. Taking this into consideration, Google has launched a new Android Flash Tool. The tool works entirely in your browser and makes installing AOSP images on Pixel an incredibly easy process. However, there is nothing for custom ROM enthusiasts at the moment. With that said, let’s take a look at the prerequisites required for this tool to work. Additionally, the steps to flash AOSP images on your Pixel device will be discussed. Also, check out our detailed guide on Drag and Drop of Google Pixel.
Requirements for Android Flash Tool
- First of all, to use the Android Flash Tool, you will need a Pixel phone with an unlocked bootloader. So if you are planning to do so, make sure to have a backup of all your important files. This is because unlocking the bootloader will wipe all data from your device.
- You will also have to turn on USB debugging on your device. To do so, go to Setting > About the phone > Click Construction number 7 times> Back Setting > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Turn on toggle USB debugging. If you are still having the same problem, please refer to our detailed guide on steps to enable USB debugging.
- Also download and set up ADB and Fastboot Platform Tools on your PC.
- A WebUSB compatible web browser. The latest versions of Chrome and Edge browsers are fully compatible with it.
AOSP image on Pixel
- Visit flash.android.com Brand new approach Android Flash Tools.
- Connect your device to your PC via a USB cable. Make sure USB debugging is enabled.
- On a web page, tap the . button Begin. A dialog box will then ask you to install the Android USB Driver. Select the appropriate option.
- You will now see a pop-up screen asking to access the ADB key of equipment . Press OK. Until you do, the Android Flash Tool will not be able to perform the indent operation.
- Select your device from the flash.android.com dialog that appears and click Connection.
- Your device should now be listed under Device is selected.
- Right below that, is Select Build, click it and choose Build Number of your Pixel device. Finally, click Setting.
That’s it. These are the steps to install the AOSP Image file on your Pixel handset using the Android Flash Tool. As mentioned, flash custom ROMs or even OTAs and security patches. Anyway, it’s still a handy tool that allows developers to test AOSP images on different Pixel devices.