A stable release of the new mobile OS from Google Android 7.0 Nougat. The update can already be installed on current Nexus smartphones, as well as some other devices from Google or from Android One: Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and others. How to update your device to a new version of Android right now – read our article.
First of all, let’s recall the full list of devices that already receive an update to Android 7.0:
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 9
- Nexus Player
- Google Pixel C
- General Mobile 4G
The easiest way to update to Android 7.0 Nougat
The easiest and quicker to upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat on the new Nexus is to register with the Android Beta testing program and get a fresh build. Despite the fact that this is a testing program, its participants also receive stable builds of the “seven”.
In the Android beta testing program, only the following devices are involved: Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Sony Xperia Z3.
How to register for testing of fresh assemblies:
- Go to the Android Beta portal.
- Log in to a Google Account to which one of the participating devices is tied.
- Scroll down to the section “Your devices that meet the conditions of the program” and there select a smartphone or tablet where you want to install a new version of the OS.
- The installation will start automatically – the update will “arrive” via the OTA protocol.
How to manually flash Android 7.0 Nougat
This method is much more complicated not only in terms of actions but also in terms of how much everything needs to be done. We will divide the firmware into several stages. There are four in total:
1) Installing the utilities required for the firmware (on the computer)
- Go to the Android Studio portal.
- Scroll down to the “Get just the command line tools” section and download the zip archive (direct link) from adb and fastboot. If you have Linux or OS X, you will need the .tgz or zip files, respectively.
- Unzip this archive into the main partition where the system is installed – basically, it’s drive C. There will be a folder called android-SDK-windows.
- Navigate to this folder and launch the SDK Manager.
- A program starts in which you only need to click the Install 12 Packages button. A window appears in which you select Accept License and click Install. Next, the installation of the required components begins.
- When finished, you can close this application – everything is ready.
2) Activating USB debugging and unlocking the bootloader
- On your Nexus device, go to Settings → About phone/tablet.
- There, find the section with the assembly number and tap on it until “Now you are a developer” appears.
- Go back to Settings and go to the Developer Features section.
- First, activate the switch itself of the Functions of Developers section.
- Also, activate the switch in the Debug by USB item.
- Activate the OEM Unlock switch.
- Connect your Nexus to your computer and allow USB debugging on the device.
After these operations it is still necessary to unlock the loader – it is needed for successful firmware.
3) Unlocking the Nexus Loader
These actions are performed on both the computer and the smartphone. Warning: Unlocking the bootloader involves a hard reset, which means completely removing all data from the smartphone or tablet.
- Turn off your smartphone or tablet.
- Hold down the power button and the volume down button.
- Open the standard Windows command line and navigate to the Platform-tools folder with the cd command: / android-SDK-windows / platform-tools /
- In the terminal, enter the command fastboot flashing unlock
- On the device, hold down the volume up button and the power button to confirm the bootloader unlock.
- Then, type the fastboot reboot command on the computer.
The loader is unlocked and is ready to install other firmware on the device.
4) Firmware Android 7.0 Nougat on the device
First, you need to get the firmware files themselves. At the time of writing, they are not available for all devices (direct download links) :
- Nexus 6P (NRD90U).
- Nexus 5X (NRD90M).
- Nexus Player (NRD90M).
- Google Pixel C (NRD90M).
- Nexus 9 Wi-Fi (NRD90M).
The downloaded firmware file must be placed in the Platform-tools folder, which is located in the android-SDK-windows directory with the necessary utilities (adb and others) – previously mentioned in the article.
Now let’s move on to the firmware:
- It is necessary that the device is in the unlocked loader mode (see ). The firmware file must be in the Platform-tools folder.
- Open a Windows command prompt. Inside it, go to the Platform-tools folder with the cd command: / android-SDK-windows / platform-tools /
- Enter the adb devices command.
Use it to make sure that the device is properly connected to the computer.
- If everything is fine, enter flash-all.bat
- After that, the firmware of the system starts – you just have to wait for it to complete.
Recall, all these operations you do with your gadget at your own peril and risk. If something goes wrong, then the device may remain idle.
OTA update For Android 7.0 Nougat
Also, you can just wait for the update from Android 7.0 Nougat for your Nexus on OTA-protocol. You can check for updates in Settings → About phone/tablet → Software update.
Distribution of the official update takes place gradually and not immediately, therefore not all owners of the new Nexus will immediately receive a fresh Android.