Get An­droid M on your Nexus smart­phone

Tech Advisor - - HOW TO -

Marie Brewis ex­plains how down­load the An­droid M Devel­oper Preview on to your hand­set to­day

It’s un­likely that the fi­nal ver­sion of An­droid M will be avail­able to con­sumers un­til Novem­ber at the ear­li­est, when it will first ap­pear on the new Nexus 5. How­ever, if you have a Nexus 5, 6, 9 or Nexus Player and you’re des­per­ate to get your hands on An­droid M, you can down­load the Devel­oper Preview to­day.

It’s im­por­tant to note that this is very early soft­ware and the An­droid M Devel­oper Preview is in­tended for de­vel­op­ers only. It is On a Win­dows PC, in­stall Min­i­mal ADB and Fast­boot. You can down­load it from here –­stqa4. Down­load the ap­pro­pri­ate An­droid M in­staller for your de­vice, which you’ll find on the An­droid Devel­oper’s site ( The An­droid M Devel­oper Preview is com­pat­i­ble with the Nexus 5, 6, 9 and Nexus Player only. Do not in­stall it on a dif­fer­ent de­vice. go­ing to be buggy and you are go­ing to en­counter some prob­lems with it. If you just want to take a peek, you can, of course, re­in­stall An­droid Lol­lipop – we’ll tell you how at the end of this ar­ti­cle.

Be warned that man­u­ally in­stalling An­droid M is not for novice users, and it’s pos­si­ble to brick your de­vice if you don’t know what you’re do­ing. It’s im­por­tant to back up any data in­stalled on your de­vice be­fore you be­gin since this will be lost in the process. You’ll need to ex­tract the con­tents of the down­loaded An­droid M file to a new folder on your desk­top. We used the free 7-Zip ( util­ity to achieve this. From the folder on your desk­top, copy the ex­tracted files into C:\Pro­gram Files (x86)\ Min­i­mal ADB and Fast­boot. (Some users have needed to re­name the .tgz file ex­ten­sion as .tar in or­der to com­plete this step.)

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