FlashFire tool gets update – say Hello to Android 6.0 and OTA support

The FlashFire tool from developer Chainfire has been updated today and, starting now, you will not have to manually update every time there is an Android update being released. Rooting has become more of an usual action now, when Android OS keeps changing and maturing, and one measure that made modding a much less desired action is the need to always keep up to date with things via manual updates. Now, FlashFire has added support for OTA packages and for Android 6.0 Marshmallow.       FlashFire’s original purpose was to flash full firmware images and to update ZIP files, as well as backup and restore devices. The latest updates change the use of the app as it can now install OTA packages without the need to re-root your device. It also offers support for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and SuperSU’s systemless root. FlashFire can now restore original boot.img, it can flash official OTA packages and it can re-root a new boot.img or back up an original boot.img without the user’s regular assistance.   As an example, if you want to root a Nexus device and keep updating, the app will almost automatically keep you updated. Remember that you will have to give OTAs an unmodified /system partition in order for them to be installed safely. After a new update has been downloaded, you have to launch FlashFire and it will take care of everything after detecting the package.   Even if the app was originally meant to work on Samsung and Nexus devices only, now […]

Samsung Galaxy S II gets Android Marshmallow through CyanogenMod 13!

Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the first smartphones that changed the way that the OEM was viewed on the market. It was the first device to change Samsung’s image and brand into something much much more. It was the device to make the company what it is today. But now, S II is considered a very old device, especially considering that we are on the brink of Galaxy S7’s launch. It is 5-years old and its specs are no match to even the lowest of the low-end smartphones.       Galaxy S II is powered by a dual-core processor running at 1.2GHz, with 1 GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage and a 4.3-inch 480×800 display. This means that it is still viable for some current Android ROMs, including CyanogenMod.   CyanogenMod 13, which is a ROM based on Android 6.0, will finally be supported. This means that, if you had an S II ever since it launched, you have seen all the flavors of Android running on it, either official or unofficial. And now you will even get the most recent Android version, ahead of so many other devices nonetheless!   This CyanogenMod build is a nightly, so it may not be the most stable at first, but a more stable version could come in the future. You will need to flash the Gapps zip package in order to make your Google apps work. This should make for a nice project in the next couple of days!   Source: CyanogenMod  

FlashFire tool updated: support for Android 6.0 and OTA flashing support added

FlashFire was updated with Android 6.0 and OTA flashing support today. The flashing tool made by XDA dev Chainfire is used for flashing custom ROMs and kernels without having to go to recovery during the procedure.     FlashFire has been updated to version v0.26 and it just became compatible with Marshmallow. The update also brings the ability to flash OTAs on Android 6.0.   With the update, Nexus users in Android 6.0 who are using SuperSU will be able to install OTA updates with the use of the tool when SuperSU is used in the default systemless mode with unmodified kernels, /system or /vendor. When an OTA will arrive on your device you can download it and then open FlashFire, which will in turn detect the downloaded update and it will generate actions. The flash option will let you install the OTA on rooted systems and root again. This should make rooting after an over-the-air update much easier.   FlashFire’s update improves flashing full firmwares and it gets moreĀ support for additional partitions and archive formats. Chainfire does make a warning though: you should not flash Samsung’s 6.0 beta firmware. Since this is an update to a beta app, you should expect things to go sideways here and there. Users should make backups before using the tool in order to keep their data safe.   You can download the app via the Google Beta system or from Chainfire’s private server. For more info, check the XDA forums in the source link below.   Source: XDA, […]

OmniROM Android 6.0 support for some Nexus devices goes live

If your device is behind with Android updates and you are willing to try some custom ROMs to make things better, you can try omniROM. Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been around since October 2015 but not too many devices have been updated so far, in part because of OEMs and in part because of carrier issues. If you want to try the Marshmallow flavor however, you can try a custom ROM (if you have the capability to do so) different from the popular CyanogenMod.       In case you didn’t know what omniROM is by now, you should keep in mind that it is software similar to the CyanogenMod build. Initial nightly builds of the ROM are destined for Nexus devices like Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, 6, 7, and 10. Future updates will bring Nexus 4, Find 7/a and OnePlus One support, possibly in the next couple of days.   This nightly brings about familiar Omni settings like Status Bar Network Traffic Indicators, Silent Mode, separate lock screen wallpapers and more. Among the new features you will find enhanced Do Not Disturb mode, and weather in the notification bar header.   Since Google has been working on releasing periodic security releases for its most important devices, omniROM is aiming to do the same thing in the future, as soon as AOSP sources are posted.   Source: omniROM  

Moto G 2nd gen gets soak test for Android 6.0 in India and Brasil

Do you have a second gen Moto G? Then you should start jumping up and down with joy because there is a soak test of the Android 6.0 update that has just begun rolling out on devices in India and Brazil. Only a small number of users will get to test the OTA and if everything goes well, the update will come to ALL of the devices.       Dave Schuster of Motorola was nice enough to keep us posted with what devices are getting updated. Both the 3G-only and LTE versions of Moto G 2nd gen are getting the update soak test. Motorola will monitor the feedback received from the handful of users who are lucky enough to test it and if the update is free of bugs and problems, it should go live in about a week.   The OTA has the usual Android 6.0 stuff like doze mode, better permissions and granular control over features plus do-not-disturbed, among others. You can check the source link for more details on the changes.   Source: Motorola  

Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition (Indian version) gets update to Android 6.0

Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition in India is getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Most of Motorola’s recent smartphones are already up to date, and it’s time for the underdogs to get some love too. This update is destined for Moto G Turbo from India, even though there is also a Mexican version sold out there (that one will not get an OTA any time soon).       Moto G Turbo is a third-gen Moto G that has dual SIM support and a better Snapdragon 615. The update is about 603MB in size and it is rolling out as we speak. If you have one of these devices you should know you are getting all the Android 6.0 goodness: doze mode, granular permissions and Now on Tap included.