Tuesday, October 13, 2015
How To Flash Android 6.0 Marshmallow On Google Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9 [Video]
Google released the latest iteration of its mobile operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, last week. By 'released' I mean making stock images of Marshmallow available for manual download from the developer site. Over-the-air (OTA) updates directly to your devices have been promised but aren't available yet.
After waiting a week for the OTA update for my Nexus 5, I decided to install it manually. I followed this step-by-step instructional video from TechnoBuffalo to flash my device...
I was eager to use Android Auto in Marshmallow, since there isn't much information available at the moment as to how the in-car software works in the latest OS version. With Marshmallow installed, I am testing out Android Auto as we speak. So far so good but I will write a detailed post in a few days.
The video below is detailed and you will have to pause it frequently to follow. In my case, I had an unrooted Google Nexus 5 running Android 5.1 Lollipop and did the update from my Mac. The instructions should work for any of the Nexus devices - Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 or Nexus 9.
- DISCLAIMER: THIS PROCESS COULD RESULT IN YOUR DEVICE GETTING BRICKED. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK. IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT BEING ABLE TO PERFORM THESE STEPS, YOU SHOULD WAIT FOR THE OTA UPDATE.
Some pointers which may not have been clearly explained in the video below. These are NOT the step-by-step instructions...
- For Mac users, install Java from Apple's distribution as well as Oracle's
- For Mac users, enable "New terminal at Folder" by going to Settings --> Keyboard --> Shortcuts --> Services, and see under Files and Folders. This will save you some time.
- Reboot the bootloader after flashing each image file
- Remember to backup your device before flashing, although the instructions in the video are for upgrade, meaning Marshmallow will be installed over your existing OS without erasing any files
- Make sure you download the correct file from Google for your device
- The entire Marshmallow download and ADB totals about 20GB by the time you're done. So make sure your Mac (or PC) has enough free space.
Follow the step-by-step instructions and you should have Marshmallow on your Nexus device in under 20 minutes (depending on your internet connection).
Here's the video from TechnoBuffalo...
If you have any questions or get stuck at any step, feel free to reach out by using the comment section below.
Source: TechnoBuffalo via YouTube
By AppRadioWorld at 6:00 AM