With the help of a recent factory image released by Google, Nexus 6 smartphones on normal carriers can be upgraded or restored to Android 5.1.1 build LMY47Z Lollipop update. Reports indicate that the latest Lollipop factory image is compatible with all carrier versions of Nexus 6.
However, this does not include the T-Mobile variant which runs on a pre-released stock Android 5.1.1 firmware. The following steps will bring about the firmware installation in your device but keep in mind that Day Herald should not be held liable for any kind of damage inflicted to your device in the process.
Before starting, keep in mind that this installation is only valid for regular-carrier based Nexus 6 phones only. You can verify your model number by heading over to Settings>About Phone. Before starting the process, make sure that your device has at least 80% of charge.
Installing a ROM drains battery and taking this precaution will prevent any premature shutdown and unnecessary bricking of the device. Head over to settings> About Phone again and then select the Build Number.
Tap this option several times in order to reveal the Developer Options under settings. After this, enable the Debugging mode. Before starting installation, make sure that your device is rooted with CWM or TWRP recovery and the bootloader is unlocked.
First, you must download the Android 5.1.1 Factory Image on your computer. After this, connect the Nexus device to the computer using a data cable. Fastboot should be installed and configured on your computer.
After this, you must power off your phone boot it into the Fastboot/Bootloader mode. To do this, you must turn on the phone while holding down the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons.
Wait for the Fastboot menu and the START icon to appear. You can also use the command ‘fastboot OEM unlock’ in order to unlock the bootloader of this device.
You should extract the contents of the downloaded file to a secure location on your computer, preferably on a folder in your desktop. Head over to Shamu-LMY47Z and copy/paste all the files into the Fastboot directory.
After this, if you have Windows, you must run the file “flash-all.bat”. In case of Mac, Run the file “flash-all.sh” using Terminal and for Linus, Run the file “flash-all.sh”. After the installation process is complete, you should follow all the on-screen commands in case you need to unlock the bootloader.
After the installation is completed, your phone will restart and the first boot will take around five minutes to complete. Don’t be alarmed and press random buttons during this time. After the process is complete, go to ‘Settings>About Phone’ in order to verify your successful installation.
In case you purchased this device directly from the Google Store, you should expect to receive an OTA update soon, which should take place in the following couple of weeks. The carrier versions of Nexus 6 might have to wait a little while longer.
Meanwhile, in case you don’t have the Google Nexus 6, here are some reasons as to why you should. Firstly, if you have an Android smartphone other than the Nexus or a Motorola variant, you might have already faced delays with software updates.
If you have a Nexus, be sure that you’ll receive each and every update as soon as it’s released. Enough with the software, let’s talk about the hardware.
The Google Nexus 6 is a pretty big device which measures 6.27inch in length, 0.40inch in thickness and 3.27inch in width. Under, the hood, it has a powerful Quad-Core 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It further packs 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 420GPU. It is available in 32 and 64GB internal storage variants.
At the same time, it is capable of establishing connection with GSM, HSPA, LTE, and CDMA networks. It also has Bluetooth v4.1 along with NFC. It is also known as the Motorola Nexus X and it’s available across all carriers in US.