Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Google Begins Posting OTA Images for Nexus Devices (the .Zip Files)

 

In an effort to give its Nexus customers the latest software update as soon as it’s available, Google has just launched a new site which hosts the latest Android OTA update for all supported Nexus devices. Google has allowed users to download Android factory images for its Nexus devices for some time, but installation required a Nexus device with an unlocked bootloader. By making the OTA updates available on its site, users can download the latest file and install it with a few simple adb commands in recovery.


If you’re not willing to wait around the next time Google releases an Android update for your Nexus device, simply head over to Google’s OTA update page, download the build for your phone or tablet and install it yourself. 

Google includes instructions for flashing these .zip files, which include using a bit of adb and the “adb sideload” command. We also have instructions for it here.
At this time, they are only populating the page with recent update files (Android 6.0.1) for the Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, and Nexus Player.

Pretty sweet, though, right?

Nexus OTA Image Link