As said Google today rolled out the factory images of their latest release Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Google developer website for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. Don’t be over excited about the release as it is just an optimized version of Android Lollipop unless you own a device with fingerprint support (Nexus 6p and Nexus 5X). Otherwise there is no point in updating to the latest version before the official OTA update.
What’s New in Android 6.0 Marshmallow?
- Fine-Tuned App Permissions: This feature is available on Paranoid Android, MIUI and other custom roms since 2014. So, people do aware of this new feature in Marshmallow.
- Google Now on Tap: This is Google’s TM feature. This feature now breaks the the hassle in finding the answer for the text on the screen by long pressing the home button. Now there is no need to copy the text and search for the same on Google. This new Google Now Assistant lets you find answers as well as places if they are listed on Google maps and also can directly go to their official website without switching between apps.
- Battery Backup: Google says devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow would last 30% more on battery than those running on Android 5.0 lollipop. If you remember, they said the same during their Android 5.0 launch event 😀 So we can say about battery consumption only after using it.
- Fingerprint Support: As I said one would make use of this only if they own Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X.
- New Appdrawer: What’s new??? All the features which Google showcased about their new App drawer during the September event are available in ‘Nova Launcher‘ since past one year.
So, finally what I say is stick with lollipop until the official release of Marshmallow. If you own a device with no fingerprint support than I recommend switching to Cyanogenmod 12.1 based on Android 5.1 lollipop. Anywayz I can’t stop most of the guys from trying out the new update. For them here is a quick guide.
How to Install Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Nexus 5, 6, 7, 9 and Nexus Player using Factory Images
Step 1: Download Android M 6.0 Factory Images from here. (Direct Links)
Step 2: Unlock your Bootloader:
First and the foremost thing is, your device must be in unlocked state. To check ‘power off’ your device then press ‘voulme down+power button’ to boot into bootloader. There in bootloader screen, you see the “Device state” as locked/unlocked. If it is unlocked then you can proceed to next step. If not, check this guide How to Root your Nexus running Android 5.1 Lollipop (from step 1 to 7) to unlock your device.
Step 3: Flash the Update
Back on the main screen of NRT, click the button labeled Flash Stock + Unroot.
On the next screen, be sure to tick the boxes next to Other/Browse and I downloaded a factory image myself…, then click OK.
Use the next window to browse the Factory Image file that you downloaded in Step 1, then click Open.
Next, you’ll be asked to enter an MD5 number to verify the file’s integrity. You can get this MD5 Checksum number from the Google Developer Website next to download. Copy the text and paste it into the field in that window and click OK.
After a bit of processing, a window will appear that summarizes the install options you’ve selected. Click OK here to begin flashing the update, making sure that your phone doesn’t get disconnected from your PC during this process.
When it’s done, you may see a window asking you to change your build number. This is for NRT’s own sake, and it’s not necessary here, so just click Cancel.
That’s it, you have successfully flashed Android M Factory Image on your Nexus. Stuck at any point during the process (bootloop or soft-bricked), feel free to ask using the below comment section.
Links of Interest:
Nexus Root Tool Kit (NRT) : Click here!