Are you waiting for the Android Oreo firmware on your Google Nexus 6P? If you are, and if you are also the kind of user who is also trying to test the latest tweaks, then I might have something important for you. I’m talking about a new update opportunity during which you can install the Android 8.1 Oreo software on your Nexus 6P.
The update process which will be explained below will use the latest build of Resurrection Remix. This custom ROM is coming with the latest version of Android 8.1 Oreo and also with endless tweaking possibilities. Shortly, the overall Android experience can be customized and optimized so that you can improve general performance, bump speeds and upgrade battery life. That’s why, with the Resurrection Remix firmware installed the Google Nexus 6P will run better and faster.
The Android 8.1 Oreo powered Resurrection Remix is also light so you won’t be dealing with bloatware or with other similar apps that can slow down your device. Additionally, on this firmware you can choose to add custom features that cannot be found on the stock Android firmware and other third party packages which can afterwards be used as tweaking solutions.
But, Resurrection Remix for Google Nexus 6P is still under development stage. Even though you can use the firmware on a daily basis without experiencing major problems, it’s possible to deal with minor problems from time to time – such as hangs or screen freeze. Anyway, the overall experience will be smooth so you shouldn’t have any reasons to worry from this perspective.
Resurrection Remix is developed by xda senior member Blackjubel so we must thank him for this new Android 8.1 Oreo update opportunity that’s available for the Huawei Nexus 6P. That’s why we cannot associate this ROM with Google or with OEM. Third party devs are offering it, so the actual flashing process is an unofficial operation. So, a risk must be considered at this point: you are going to lose your phone’s warranty if you choose to resume the steps that are detailed during this tutorial.
Another risk is caused by the wipe which will be initiated during the update operation – yes, you can complete this tutorial only if you make a hard reset and clear app data cache. So, your personal files that are stored on your Google Nexus 6P might be erased. Well, for securing everything before starting the Oreo flashing process you should perform a backup – only in that way you can successfully save contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords and so on.
And, since we are discussing about a custom ROM that’s under development stage, a Nandroid backup should be also applied. This particular process will help you secure the current Android OS that runs on your Huawei Nexus 6P. Thus, if the Resurrection Remix platform will not be as stable as you thought, you will be able to use the Nandroid backup package and go back to stock.
Your Nexus 6P must run on an unlocked bootloader if you want to perform this update operation – so, learn how to unlock the bootloader of your device before doing anything else. Afterwards, root your smartphone as that’s how you can prepare the internal system for the update process that will follow. Finally, install TWRP recovery on your handset as a custom recovery environment is required – flashing Resurrection Remix is possible only if a custom recovery image can be used.
As you can already tell, this is going to be a manual update operation. So, a computer is required along with your phone and its USB cable. Of course, a connection between these devices is needed too, so the USB Debugging feature must be enabled on your Google Nexus 6P – in order to do so, you must access Developer Options as there you can access the USB Debugging field. Anyhow, if Developer Options isn’t displayed on your phone, go to Menu - > Settings - > About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number; after 7 or 10 taps you should receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.
A charging process might be also required as you don’t want to risk in soft-bricking your Nexus 6P during the Oreo update operation – you can end up in experiencing different malfunctions if your phone somehow gets turned off in the middle of the flashing process. So, as a general rule, you should plug in the charger if the power left on your phone is currently lower than 50%.
How to Install Android 8.1 Oreo based Resurrection Remix on Google Nexus 6P
- Open your computer and enable an Internet connection.
- Next, download the required files: the Resurrection Remix package can be downloaded from here and compatible Google Apps from here.
- Save these files anywhere you want – it can be on desktop if you prefer.
- Power off your Nexus 6P and wait a few seconds while the shut down operation is completed.
- Now, reboot recovery mode menu on your Android device.
- A full wipe must be applied at this point. Thus, from recovery choose the following options: “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition” and by “wipe dalvik cache”.
- Then, return to main menu of recovery and reboot to Android mode.
- You need to connect your smartphone with your computer now – just plug in the USB cable in that respect.
- Select the files which were downloaded before and transfer them from your computer to your phone.
- When done remove the USB cable – no, the computer is no longer required.
- Once more, switch off your handset and go to recovery mode.
- On recovery tap on Install; pick up the Resurrection Remix package and swipe in order to start the Android 8.1 Oreo update process.
- In the end, repeat the same step and flash Google Apps.
- Finally, go back to main menu of recovery and tap on Reboot.
Once this last reboot is completed you should be able to use the Android 8.1 Oreo firmware on your Google Nexus 6P. Of course, don’t forget to test the Resurrection Remix functionality and if you find something that isn’t running as expected, don’t hesitate and share your observations with us. For further update opportunities and other Android related tips and tricks you can access our ‘how to’ page. Enjoy.