Google Nexus 6 finally gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat update

The nexus 6 is one of the last phones of the iconic Nexus lineup. The device is your typical stock android power-house and it doesn’t disappoint. Google released the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Nexus 6, just as expected.

This update brings new emoji of female welders and men getting haircuts for Nexus devices. There is an option to directly send GIFs from the keyboard on supported apps (Allo, Hangouts, Google Messenger). The update also introduces app shortcuts that can directly be launched from the home screen. This is available in Google Messenger, Google Maps, Twitter etc. which can be accessed by simply long pressing the app icon.

Installing the update (OTA)

Google is rolling out the update in a staged manner and users will receive a notification asking them to download and install it. To force-check the update go to Settings, About phone, Updates.

Flashing Factory image

If you can’t wait for the update, you can flash the factory images. To do so, simply follow the instructions bellow:

Prerequisites

Unlocking Bootloader

Note: This will wipe all data on your device. Make sure you backup important files as necessary before proceeding.

On your Nexus 6, go to Settings, Developer Options and make sure you’ve enabled USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.

Note: If you do not see the Developer Options menu, it can unlocked by going to Settings, About Phone, tapping build number a few times.

Now connect the phone to your PC and open Minimal ADB & Fastboot. To confirm that our device is connected, type:

adb devices

This should show the Android devices currently connected to your PC. Make sure you accept the confirmation on the phone too. It is advised to disconnect any other Android devices. Once you’ve successfully connected the device, we need to boot to the bootloader to proceed. To do this, shut down the phone completely. Hold down the Volume down and Power button to enter fastboot mode.

Alternative method: On the Minimal ADB, simply type:

adb reboot bootloader

This should immediately switch the phone off and reboot to bootloader.

Once you’ve successfully connected your device, we can move on to unlocking the bootloader. Unlocking the bootloader allows us to write into different storage partitions of our phones which would otherwise be blocked.

Let’s make sure our phone is successfully connected to the PC. To check this, enter:

fastboot devices

Once confirmed, we can unlock the bootloader. To unlock the bootloader, simply enter the following:

fastboot flashing unlock

If the device doesn’t automatically reboot, reboot it from the menu. It should now be unlocked.

Warning: This will FACTORY RESET the device i.e data will be lost. Make sure you make a backup before proceeding.

Flashing

You can find the Nexus 6 (Shamu) factory images here.

First, download and extract the appropriate factory image for your device. Boot into fastboot (Bootloader mode) by pressing and holding the Power Button and Volume Down keys at the same time. Ensure you phone is connected to your PC through a USB cable.

You need to execute the flash-all.bat script in the folder where the factory images were extracted. Once it is done flashing, select ‘Recovery’ using the Volume buttons. A small dead Android appears. Users now need to press Power Button + Volume UP and select ‘Wipe data/factory data reset’ . Reboot your device and enjoy the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

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