As expected the Android M has been announced today at Google I/O developer Conference 2015, the latest iteration to its mobile operating system. The new update brings a handful of interesting features and other under the hood tweaks and improvements. The stable version will be made available sometime later this year, but for those who want a sneak peek a developer preview version of Android M for select Nexus devices is out now. Here’s how you can install it on your smartphone or tablet. Good news is that Google promised to roll out updates to the developer preview more often (over OTA) than the Android Lollipop.
Android M comes with a number of interesting features including Chrome custom view, built-in fingerprint scanning feature, android pay, USB-C support and permission manager. The company says that with the new update it is going back to the basics — offering bug fixes and performance improvements to the users. For instance, Android M-powered devices will have twice as much battery life compared to Lollipop-powered devices, the company claims.
The developer preview of Android M is available for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player are now available on the company’s website. Below is the most simplified method to Install Android M on your Nexus, do follow each and every step.
How to Install Android M on Nexus 5, 6, 9 ? Simplified Method!
Step 1: Download Android M Developer Preview (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 (Developer preview) 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 developer preview on your Nexus. Stuck at any point during the process, feel free to ask using the below comment section.
Links of Interest:
Nexus Root Tool Kit (NRT) : Click here!