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The Motorola Nexus 6 was once the most popular mobile phone among Android users. Coming officially from Google means it receives the latest Android updates for the same. However, just like any other manufacturer, the software support period for any Android phone is about 2-3 years. After that, the manufacturers stop rolling out official OTA updates to the devices. A similar thing happened to the stunning Motorola Nexus 6. However, there is still a way to update the Nexus 6 to latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat via official AOSP ROM port.

The best part of owning an Android phone is that it can be modified and tweaked as you wish. As the Android OS is open source, custom ROMS emerge bringing latest features to the system. Similarly, crDroid Android v3.0 is a custom ROM developed for the Nexus 6 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. The AOSP ROM port brings the latest April 2017 security patch level, Google Pixel Launcher, Google Assistant, Lineage OS 14.1 MODS, Doze mode, No forced encryption, F2FS support, and Sigma Kernel. See the full feature list below.

Features of Android 7.1.2 Nougat ROM for Nexus 6:

  • Pixel look and feel.
  • OMS-rootless (theme engine) Supported. Install Substratum from Play Store.
  • Google Assistant
  • LineageOS 14.1 – all mods and features
  • StatusBar: Network Traffic
  • StatusBar: SU icon toggle
  • StatusBar: Ticker
  • StatusBar: Hide/Show icons
  • StatusBar: Hide/Show data activity arrows
  • StatusBar: BatteryBar customizations
  • StatusBar: Date customizations
  • StatusBar: Battery styles
  • StatusBar: Tap to Sleep
  • StatusBar: Clock styles
  • StatusBar: Custom logo customizations
  • QuickSettings: QS Header image customizations
  • QuickSettings: Weather tile integration and customizations
  • QuickSettings: Tiles customization
  • QuickSettings: Brightness slider toggle
  • QuickSettings: Optional brightness icon
  • QuickSettings: Vibrate on Touch
  • QuickSettings: WiFi easy toggle
  • QuickSettings: Bluetooth easy toggle
  • QuickSettings: Data easy toggle
  • QuickSettings: Location easy toggle
  • Navigation: Toggle navbar
  • Navigation: PIE navigation
  • Navigation: DUI – SmartBar / Fling Toggle, animations and customizations (+ One Hand mode)
  • Navigation: Dynamic Nav Bar Color
  • Navigation: Pulse – smart visualization
  • Notifications: Power notification controls
  • Notifications: Force expanded notifications
  • Notifications: Toggle immersive mode messages
  • Notifications: Breathing notifications
  • Notifications: Headsup Snooze
  • Notifications: Headsup Timeout customization
  • Display: Ambient Display customizations
  • Display: Transparency Customizations
  • Display: Blur Personalizations
  • Display: Expanded Desktop Customizations
  • Display: Scroll Animation Customizations
  • LockScreen: Screen shortcuts
  • LockScreen: Toggle longpress for screen shortcuts
  • LockScreen: Swipe shortcuts
  • LockScreen: Toggle media cover art
  • LockScreen: Toggle clock
  • LockScreen: Toggle date
  • LockScreen: Toggle alarm
  • LockScreen: Toggle status bar
  • LockScreen: Tap to sleep
  • LockScreen: Toggle longpress torch
  • LockScreen: Cutomize number of notifications
  • LockScreen: Toggle power menu for secure lockscreen
  • LockScreen: Toggle quick settings access and hide swipe shortcuts for secure lockscreen
  • Powermenu: On-the-go mode – camera overlay.
  • Recents: Immersive Recents
  • Recents: Hidden apps
  • Recents: Toggle OmniSwitch as default Recent view
  • Recents: Toggle Slim Recents as default Recent view
  • Sound: Charging Sounds customization
  • Sound: Toggle screenshot sound
  • Sound: Live customization for number of volume steps
  • Sound: Less frequent notification sounds
  • Sound: DND customizations
  • Animations Customization for Toast, System, etc.
  • Miscellaneous: Clock Widget
  • Miscellaneous: Wakelock Blocker (experimental)
  • Miscellaneous: Partial / Full screenshot selection option
  • Miscellaneous: Toggle suggestions on Settings dashboard
  • Miscellaneous: Toggle summaries in Settings
  • Miscellaneous: Toggle auto-start music player on headset detection
  • Miscellaneous: Show CPU info overlay
  • Miscellaneous: Disable Force Close notifications
  • Settings/Sound: Increasing Ringtone
  • 15 New Quick Settings Tiles including Caffeine mode, Expanded Desktop and Sync.
  • Settings/Security: Quick PIN/Password Unlock
  • Default sounds from latest Nexus image.
  • Stability and performance improvements.
  • ART Optimizations

How to install Android 7.1.2 Nougat update on Nexus 6 via AOSP ROM?

The Motorola Nexus 6 is receiving an Android 7.1.2 Nougat build with a new AOSP based custom ROM called crDroid. Since it is a custom ROM, your device must be rooted with TWRP recovery setup. Once that is done, install the Android 7.1.2 AOSP ROM normally. See the instructions below.

  • Download the crDroid ROM from here and transfer the file to internal storage.
  • Reboot into TWRP recovery. Turn off phone and press and hold volume down + Power buttons.
  • Take a full backup.
  • Wipe the previous ROM.
  • Install the new 7.1.2 ROM from the storage.
  • Flash Gapps for Android 7.1.
  • Flash the SuperSU 2.79 SR3.
  • Reboot to system.

That’s it. Have fun tweaking with your new firmware update. Let us know how the ROM is working for you.

Thanks to: neobuddy89