CyanogenMod already released its own custom ROM series to help Nexus 6P owners download the latest OS Android 7.1 in their handsets by this time. According to reports, it will take weeks for the Google Android team to finish its test for Nexus 6P model phones with version 7.1; so the custom ROM developer came up with their fastest solution.
It was reported that Google has released the beta OS to Nexus phones as well as the Pixel series but the final and official version will be out in early December. CyanogenMod developed software CM 14.1 for Nexus users who cannot wait for the release of the final update.
CyanogenMod 14.1 custom ROM series is an Android 7.1 Nougat based software for Nexus 6P models only. The developers have not tried the said software for any other Android device; so it is not safe for other models. In addition to this, once the custom ROM is running on the handset, the warranty will be void and the phone company is not responsible for missing out on future updates. Users can bring back the warranty only if they use the stock ROM of the said device.
The developers of CM 14.1 custom ROM also released the procedure on how to download the software. According to some reviews, the download is so technical that it should be followed strictly and can only be done by someone knowledgeable about it. If in any case that the steps were not done properly, the handset might permanently be broken.
Steps to Install Android CM 14.1-Based Android 7.1 for Nexus 6P
Before downloading Android 7.1 based CM 14.1 custom ROM to Nexus 6P, the device must be rooted. Make sure to back up all the data before clearing the memory by installing CWM. Download the custom ROM to the computer, making sure it has the latest USB driver to identify the handset. Also, the handset must have 80-90% battery so the installation will not be interrupted.
After the preceding procedures, copy and paste the custom ROM zip file as well as the Google Apps zip file to the SD card. Then, turn the device off and disconnect from the computer. Access the ‘Bootloader Mode’ by pressing the power button, volume up and down keys at the same time.
After this, go to CWM then select Factory Reset. Clear the cache, then go back to CWM then select Advanced.
Go back to the Main screen and run the downloaded zips from the SD card to start the installation process. Once done, reboot the device. It will take about 5 minutes to complete the entire process. After everthing Go to Settings and confirm the installation — your Nexus 6P should be running Android 7.1 based on CyanogenMod now.
*Note: these downloads are from external sources. Download at your own risk.
Disclaimer: These instructions are from various sources and are not officially endorsed by Google or Android. Use these methods at your own risk. Citizen Oracle or the author of this post shall not be deemed responsible for “bricked” phones caused by following unofficial instructions and methods.
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