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Push an Update for an Android Things Product

The RELEASE tab in the Android Things Console allows you to view and push over-the-air (OTA) software updates to devices.

If you are not already on this tab, open the Android Things Console, click a product model for which you previously created a device build, and click the RELEASE tab.

Select an update channel

To push a software update for your products, you need to determine which update channel on which to push the update. There are four standard channels for every product:

These channels are non-editable (but you can create your own custom channels).

Standard channels

By default, all devices are subscribed to the Stable channel (stable-channel). To subscribe a device to a different channel, see Configuring the update channel. A device can only be subscribed to one channel. The channel setting persists after a factory reset or device reboot.

Click a channel in the table to start a new update.

Push an update


  2. In the table, select a build configuration created from the BUILD tab. Note that empty bundles are not supported for OTA updates.

    Click NEXT.

    Update a

  3. Select the percentage of devices that will receive the update. Devices are selected at random.

    Rollout options

  4. Click PUSH BUILD. Verify that the information is correct.

  5. Click PUSH. The update will be pushed to the devices; it can take several hours for all (as defined by the rollout percentage) of the devices to be updated. You can view the rollout status, including the number of devices that have been updated, in the Current build table.

    View current

How software updates work

The following sequence describes the update process:

  1. After you push an update, the new version becomes ready for download.
  2. The device update APIs allow an application to control and monitor applying software updates to the device.
  3. The device downloads the update and installs it to one of the A/B partitions.
  4. The device reboots to the new version.

Create a custom update channel

You can create your own custom update channels for devices. Click CREATE NEW CHANNEL and give it a name. Select the channel to start a new update (see Push an update for more information).

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