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 […]

UK HTC One M8 and M9 get update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

HTC One M8 and M9 from the UK are getting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. HTC has promised fast updates for its devices, but the action is not as easy to do as the announcement. Every country has to wait its turn because these things take time. Now it is time for the UK HTC One M8 to get its update.   https://twitter.com/HTC_UK/status/689061850550550528     The announcement came on Twitter from the HTC UK account and it appears that, in the next 48 hours, all One M8 devices from the country will be updated. The One M9 will be updated soon after too. This makes last year’s flagship the first to receive an update to Android’s most recent OS, ahead of this year’s one. Get ready to hit that Update Now button, folks!   Source: Twitter  

Motorola updates Moto X 2014 Pure Edition to Android 6.0

Motorola is not going through the best phase of their lives right now, but updates are still coming (even if they are not as fast as last year’s updates to Lollipop when they managed to beat Google’s Nexus devices to the punch too).       Moto X 2014 Pure Edition is getting its update to Android Marshmallow as we speak. Even if the OTA is coming a little late, it is still a good thing that the device was not forgotten. The OTA will reach devices globally and it is a pretty big one, weighing around 880MB.   In order to have things running well, we recommend you do a factory reset before updating, but you can skip it if you are eager to try Marshmallow and have too many things to save on your device.   In order to check if your Moto X 2014 Pure Edition is ready for update, you can go to Settings → About Phone → System Updates and check manually. If you don’t want to bother, you may have to wait for a day or two for when the update reaches your specific smartphone. Carrier branded Moto X 2nd edition devices should get their updates soon as well, but if you have a Verizon one, you will have to wait for a while longer.   Source: Phandroid  

HTC HD2 – a 6-year old device – gets Marshmallow update!

When you find that perfect smartphone you never want to let go of, even when other newer and shinier flagships come along, you just want it to last you forever and maybe support updates for the next 10 years. HTC HD2 is one of those devices, at least for folks at XDA Devs, because the device just got support for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This is not an official update, but it is a stable version nonetheless. A stable version of the most recent Google software that you can install on your six-year old device!       HTC HD2 is a modestly packed device, at least to our current standards. It packs a single-core 1GHz processor paired with 512MB of RAM, a 4.3-inch screen running at 480×800 pixel resolution and Windows Mobile 6.5. It is definitely nothing like a Samsung Galaxy S6 or a Nexus 6P but, for its time, it worked very well.   The update is not an official one, but a manually installed one from XDA Developers. If you still have one of these bad boys and you want to try the Marshmallow experience on it, go ahead and visit the source link below.   Source: XDA Developers  

Android 6.0 officially rolling out next week

Android 6.0 starts rolling out to devices as soon as next week. The first to get Google’s freshest android experience are, of course, the Nexus devices, namely Nexus 6, 5, 7 (2013), 9 and Player. Marshmallow will get to devices probably starting October 5th, as specified in some leaks, and that is also the date when the OS gets to the AOSP.       The OTA rollout will probably be slow but zip files will be relatively easily procured and then everyone will be able to taste the Marshmallow.   The first devices to launch with the freshest Android 6.0 OS are the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, of course. The devices were also launched today and they can already be pre-ordered.     On a side-note, the Android page has suffered some changes to match the new operating system. The site now features highlights such as Now on Tap, permission support and smart battery usage. You can also find dozens of new things related to the Marshmallow update (interactive animations included).   Source: Marshmallow Android

Android Pay not working on Android Marshmallow preview

Android Pay will not work on Preview versions of Marshmallow for now, but it does work on other smartphone devices, new reports show. The APK is available for public use at the moment, but you should not try to use it on a flashed Android Marshmallow developer version.     You can go to the APK mirror in the source link to download the APK, but you will need the appropriate Google Play services installed for it to work. You cannot use the feature on a rooted device because it will interfere with the app verification process; you can, however, re-root your device after installing Android Pay and it will somewhat work.   This restriction was intended by Google, as it works out. An employee of Google responded on Google + that their system verification will not function on preview builds, but it will work perfectly once Marshmallow goes live. Not many other details were made public at the moment.   APK Mirror: Android Pay    Source: AndroidPolice