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  1. Rxpert83

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    T-Mobile has posted that android 5.1 is dropping for the nexus 4, 5, and 7 starting today. The date on these sorts of things isnt always correct (remember Sprint's debacle?), but its a fairly safe assumption the update for our 6 will be happening as well, whenever the release may be. We also know the Verizon version that debuts on March 12th will be shipping with 5.1, so its really only a matter of time.

    https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-5034

    No changelog available yet, although 5.0.X has had its fair share of bugs. Hopefully this squashes quite a few.

     

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    Waiting on Dev images to be posted :)
     
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    Factory images dropping. No 6 yet...
     
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    Mmmm can't wait for some of that sweet VoLTE...

    Hope this enables WiFi calling too.
     
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    "A leaked changelog for Android 5.1 tipped that the build brought improvements corresponding to bugs that were reported since Android 5.0 Lollipop release: addition of silent mode; improvements in system stability; improved RAM management; fixes for sudden app closures; improved battery management; excessive consumption of network devices when used Wi-Fi fixed; fixes for issues with wireless connections; fixes for Ok Google function; fixes for notifications problems; some sound problems experienced by certain devices fixed, and changes in the Material Design color palette."
     
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    Hopefully I get this near the beginning of the release and not weeks later like in the release of 5.0.1.

    Not comfortable in side loading it.
     
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    I think it's pretty cool the nexus 4 and five are getting updates, a lot of companies abandon the older models after the newer ones come out,
     
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    I think it's pretty well understood that anything that got 5.0 will also get 5.1 (since it's largely bug fixes, and not a major named release). This will probably be the last update for the N4 and N7 (2012, at least). I imagine the N5 will still get Android M, whatever that may be.
     
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    #14 TheAmazingDave, Mar 12, 2015
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    Running it now as well.

    Its very smooth, but that is likely a result of 4 cores being online all the time and a 3 second input boost.

    Can't wait for an updated Franco kernel
     
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    Also note: factory image is now up
     
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    Of course it is, after I had to deal with reverting to stock files to flash the OTA....
     
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    Who's your carrier?
     
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    I feel ya buddy. I spent the whole morning dealing with adb driver issues for the sideload, finally got it flashed around noon, and then saw they were posted :banghead:
     
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    I was unable to flash it because of this very reason. Fastboot drivers detect and work fine, but the device manager shows Nexus 6 with a yellow exclamation mark when I get to the Recovery menu. How were you able to fix it?

     
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    Now that the factory images are out, its easier to go that way.

    I tried a bunch of different things, but for future reference I ended up having to uninstall and reinstall Koush's Universal ADB driver.

    http://www.koushikdutta.com/post/universal-adb-driver

    If you don't have it installed yet its very convenient.
     
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    THIS

    I've run into a lot of headaches lately on Windows 8/8.1/10 with getting fastboot and adb drivers working reliably. Each time, the best fix is to uninstall/reinstall Koush's drivers.
     
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    It takes up 32KB, isn't listed in the app drawer, and doesn't do anything at all. I don't know what the pitchforks are for.

    Particularly when Sprint also requires their "bloatware" called SprintDM to be installed on the device as well. ;)

    Honestly, I much prefer this approach over the alternative, in which VZW and Sprint N6's would be different than the GSM ones - and thereby lag behind with software updates (*cough*toro*coughcough*).
     
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    Flashing the factory firmware with Dick and Jane.

    First thing we need to do is decide where you are going to do this. I recommend doing it in the bedroom where there are a lot of soft things like pillows and comforters so if you get frustrated and throw the phone, it has someplace soft to land. Oh, and no hammers in the room either.

    Now we need to allot the time necessary to do this. I can do this in a little under an hour, but you’ll want to take things slow so give it two. And, if you have a lot of apps installed, you have to give it time afterwards for downloading and re-installing.

    These are the things you are going to need:

    • The internet. Pretty obvious, but I just want to be thorough. It’s for getting all the stuff that comes next.
    • Drivers for the device so the PC can talk to it. Go get the Google drivers. Never had a problem with them. And if you have drivers installed now, they’ll need to go. (Don’t worry, I’ll cover that in detail too.)
    • You’ll need fastboot which is the utility that does the flashing. I always wanted to call it “trench coat”, but fastboot will have to do. You will need the latest so I’d recommend getting the Mini-SDK which will get you just where you need to be.
    • You will need the factory firmware and a utility to verify it’s integrity.
    • You will need a good quality USB cable.
    • A martini wouldn’t be a bad idea either. :D

    You’ll also need to know how to read, how to type and how to follow instructions. Knowing how to make a really dry martini can come in handy, too.

    First step: Go get your stuff.

    Google Drivers.

    Mini-SDK

    Firmware. You'll want to find the latest firmware for your phone. The Nexus 6 is "Shamu", the N5 is "Hammerhead", the N4 is "occam" and so on. Right-click the link that says "link" and save target as whatever long impossible-to-remember file name that pops up.

    WinMD5 (Utility to verify the MD5 checksum)

    Save it all into the same folder. For ease of typing, make a folder under your C: volume called “stuff”. You can press the Windows key + E and double-click on your C: volume. Then in the empty space right-click your mouse and select NEW>FOLDER … name it “stuff” (No quotes, but you knew that, right?) Or, if you want to be really geeky and impress your wife, press the Windows key + R. A run box opens and you type “cmd” (no quotes … I’ll tell you when you need quotes). Then a DOS prompt opens in a black window that looks into the soul of your PC and give you the power of God … okay, maybe not God, but a really nerdy Saint. Is there a Saint Poindexter? Because that would be him. Now with one command you do all the work of the clicks.

    Type this:
    Code (Text):
    1. mkdir c:\stuff
    and then press ENTER. Did you just get the urge to buy a pocket protector? Yeah, it can do that.

    Got it all? Good.

    Step B: No, wait. I was doing numbers. Better make that Step 2, but don’t confuse it with a 2-step. It’s not time to dance yet.

    Backup your phone.

    The thing is, one of the very first things we do is going to wipe your phone back to the Stone Age. Okay, a factory reset isn’t technically the Stone Age, it’s just a figure of speech. When you unlock the bootloader, it wipes everything. It’s a security thing. Already got your bootloader unlocked? Backup anyway. The firmware flash will wipey-wipey too.

    Of course copy your files like pictures and music. Make sure you got it all, because it might all go bye-bye. Next you’ll want your email and text messages. Email really depends on how you have your accounts setup. If it’s IMAP, then fuggedaboudit … it’s on the server, not your phone. (Gmail is imap … sorta) If it’s POP3, you’ll need to copy the messages you want to keep to files or forward them to an account for retrieval later. Backup your text messages using SMS Backup & Restore. It will create an .xml file with your messages that you can put back once flashed. Copy that file, along with everything else to your PC.

    If you use a launcher like Nova or Apex, you can back up launcher data and settings so that once you got the phone flashed you can restore your home screens just the way you have it now.

    Any settings you might not remember like email server config’s, write them down, you’ll need to set them back up.

    All Backed up now? Great! Now go put a martini glass on ice. We’re getting ready for the fun part.

    … to be continued
     
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