August 10, 2022
How to download and install Android M on Google Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player?


Android M, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system, was announced at Google I/O 2015 on Thursday. With Android M still some time away from being ready for rollout – a launch for consumers is expected in the third quarter of this year – a preview version for developers is now available.

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This version of the OS is not ready for most of the people and we strongly suggest that you do not try to install it on your primary device as there is a good chance for the fix at this stage. If you have an additional Nexus device that you want to try out Android M Preview on, you can go ahead and follow the steps described later in this article. Before doing this, it is important to take a complete backup of your Android smartphone.

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Android M Preview is currently only available on four devices – Google Nexus 5, Google Nexus 6, Google Nexus 9 and Google Nexus Player.

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Here’s how to manually download Android M Preview and install it on your Google Nexus devices.

  1. Download and install latest android studio preview on your Windows computer. It installs the ADB and Fastboot programs, which can be accessed through the command terminal on your PC.

  2. Add the SDK folder to PATH by following these steps:

  3. right click my computer and click Property,

  4. click on advanced System Settings,

  5. click on System Properties > Advanced > Environment Variables,

  6. In the window, select waythen click editAnd then type the name of the directory where you installed the SDK, and remember that each entry is separated by a semi-colon.

  7. Enable USB debugging on your device. First, go to Settings > About phone > Software information,

  8. tap build number seven times.

  9. go for Settings > Developer Options, tick USB debugging,

  10. Download the correct factory image for your device.

    Android M for Nexus 5

    Android M for Nexus 6

    Android M for Nexus 9

    Android M for Nexus Player

  11. Extract the image to your computer.

  12. Connect your device to your computer via USB.

  13. start the device fastboot way.

The easiest way to do this is by holding down a key combination while powering up the device. For Nexus 5, press and hold the volume up, volume down and power button while the device is on. There is a complete list of key combinations for different instruments Here,

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You can also boot into fastboot mode using the adb tool: With the device turned on, go to the command terminal and execute the following: adb reboot bootloader

If necessary, unlock the device’s bootloader through your computer using the command terminal and execute: fastboot oem unlock

  1. Open a command terminal and navigate to the unzipped system image directory.

  2. Execution flash all.bat, which was part of the unzipped image file. This script installs the required bootloader, baseband firmware(s), and operating system. To make it work, you need to add the folder where adb and fastboot are installed to the path of the system described in step 2.

  3. When this is done, Google recommends that you lock the bootloader for security. You can do this by booting the device into fastboot mode while connected via USB, and using Terminal to execute the command: fastboot oem lock,

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This will install Android M Preview on your Nexus device. Android M will receive monthly OTA updates until the final version, a . According to report good, so you won’t have to repeat this complicated process again. We still recommend that you just wait a while until the OTA update arrives on your device, unless you want to be on the bleeding edge of smartphone OS development.

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