Nexus 6 Now Comes with LineageOS 14.1 Update

Three years ago Google teamed up with Motorola and designed Nexus 6. This smartphone was Nexus 5’s successor and it was equipped with only high-end hardware parts. This is the reason why Nexus 6 is still being used as a daily driver to this day. Sadly because the smartphone is getting close to reaching its three year milestone, Google has announced that it will stop supporting it.

Google Stops Supporting Nexus 6

The news has been confirmed by Google when it rolled out the developer preview version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat to all of its Nexus and Pixel smartphone owners that are enlisted in the Android Beta Program.

Everyone was shocked to hear this because even though the smartphone has been launched back in 2014, its quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset is more than capable of providing customers with stable hardware performances.

Nexus 6 Keeps on Fighting

Fortunately, thanks to custom ROM developers Nexus 6 owners can still get their hands on Google’s latest software updates. In fact, LineageOS has recently made public Lineage 14.1. This custom ROM has been built around Android 7.1.1 Nougat and it’s compatible with Nexus 6.

How to Flash LineageOS 14.1 on Nexus 6

First and foremost, Nexus 6 owners need to download the LineageOS 14.1 ROM and specific Gapps package. The smartphone should be rooted with custom recovery tool such as TWRP. Additionally, the add-ons package needs to be downloaded and flash rooted separately.

  • Connect the device to a PC;
  • Duplicate the downloaded files (ROM and Gapps) on the smartphone’s memory;
  • Boot the device into TWRP recovery mode;
  • Choose the “Wipe” option the TWRP menu and perform a “Swipe to Factory Reset”;
  • Back in the TWRP menu select the “Install” option and browse over to where the LineageOS 14.1 ROM has been downloaded and confirm;
  • When the process is completed, wipe the device’s cache and Dalvik cache as well;
  • Repeat the same steps for the Gapps package as well;
  • Download and flash the root add-on zip for rooted apps (optional)

All that’s left now is to reboot the device and enjoy the LineageOS experience. Additionally, the first boot time will last longer than usual but this will only happen the first time.

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