Some Nexus phones having trouble digesting Android N Developer Preview

Some Nexus phones having trouble digesting Android N Developer Preview
Remember that scene in Jurassic Park when Dr. Ian Malcolm, portrayed by Jeff Goldblum, told the Park's creator John Hammond, "Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should." The same quote applies to those with a Nexus phone who are thinking about installing the Android N Developer Preview.

Owners of the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 can either flash the system image for each device, or sign-up for an OTA update. But as Dr. Malcolm wondered in Jurassic Park, just because it can be done doesn't mean it should be. There have been some issues that Nexus owners have been experiencing.

One problem is that Nexus owners aren't getting the OTA update that allows them to rollback the OS build to Marshmallow. If this is a concern for you, don't worry. Google will give you a way to click your heels three times. Sure, the Android N Developer Preview is going to be buggy. It isn't ready yet for prime time which is why Google expects to ply you first with five previews before the OS is ready to roll out in Q3.

The second issue is a little more complex. It seems that in some cases the update has broken the OS, and the owner doesn't know how to flash the system image, and never unlocked the bootloader. This is a harder problem to solve and might require you to ask others online who might be able to provide an idea.

Yes, it might seem cool to the average Joe to have the next generation version of Android on their phone, even if it is a Developer Preview. But if you have never flashed an image before and failed to unlock your bootloader, you might want to stay away from such endeavors until you get some experience under your belt.

source: AndroidCentral



1. Mr_Popo

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Before the apple trolls descend upon this motivated article like vultures, realize that this is an expectation of a developer preview intended for a myriad of devices. I am perfectly happy sacrificing a bit of stability for hundreds of dollars worth of value and consumer options.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My denial senses are tingling.

24. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

There's literally 3 trolls here on the apple side. This place is all android fans if you look at any article.

2. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Well, it has been reminded many times that this is developer's preview. Those who don't know how to reflash system image would not even dare to enter beta in the first place.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I downloaded the beta version to my nexus 6.... With only a little lagg...... Why is a early beta being treated like it is a final copy

3. tyrionTheWise unregistered

It's not even the developer preview. It's the developer preview beta. It's a beta of a beta. If you flashed it on your main phone, you deserve the consequences.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its actually alpha, but your point still stands :D Preview 1 (initial release, alpha) - March Preview 2 (incremental update, beta) - April Preview 3 (incremental update, beta) - May Preview 4 (final APIs and official SDK, Play publishing) - June Preview 5 (near-final system images for final testing) - July Final release to AOSP and ecosystem - Q3

7. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Alpha is even worse.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5694; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Exactly! A bit more of a risk releasing it earlier with much more bugs But it should pay off in the long run since it should help app devs and OEMs prepare better

4. Unordinary unregistered

Who cares? It's in f%#*+=* beta practically. PA acting like this is some flaw or something. Sigh

20. Orion78

Posts: 198; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Exactly!! F PA and this Alan moron.

22. Unordinary unregistered

That's not nice, a personal blow to our author. His supervisor passed the article I'm assuming. Blame him.

23. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Not sure what you guys are talking about. The article fully explains that it's a developer preview and in no way acts as if their is a flaw with Android. I though the Jurassic Park analogy was excellent too.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No one is forcing you to read the article. Don't be ignorant.

6. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

I just flashed it last night on my 6P. Frankly I expected more bugs. Using it as a daily driver as of now. Battery drain during standby is higher.

11. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

My past exp with beta releases there's always some compatibility issues with some apps causing battery drain or crashes

8. Elfmonster unregistered

My old nexus 7 (2013) is unusable as a writing and calendar device on Marshmallow. Won't sync. Hard reset it and everything. It has almost no practical use anymore, for months now. Android is catching the hubris of giant corporations. It should have foregone N for a year to fix Lollipop and Marshmallow for devices on old Android letters. My 8.4 is decrepit and never graduated out of fing 4.2 despite deserving Lollipop and maybe Marshmallow in its 2-year release. My Note is plugging along all right on 5.0, I have to say, despite earlier Lollipop. But my ZTE Axon Pro went from phenomenonal to mostly great and kind of laggy after Marshmallow. But my Nexus 7 can't even properly save Docs/Drive, a fellow Google app? See, why should I keep buying Android if Android keeps abandoning core buyers? That's why I didn't buy a new tablet or phone last year (won the ZTE), because of instant abandonment. I don't want to go to Apple. Windows is no. So basically I'm looking at rooting everything always (pain in the arse) just to make Android work as it should? Man, at this rate, if a fourth company comes along in a few years, I'll jump ship so damn fast. Android is Nintendo pre-Sony, Sony pre-Xbox, and Xbox pre-PS4. Hubris. It's sad, man.

10. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Are you on xda and besides the nexus and note you shouldn't have any issues upgrading to more current os but you do need to learn how to flash and simple script writing. Don't expect much out of the cheap Chinese brewed android phones you won't find much support besides the 6p. Getting back on topic whoever doesn't know how to flash shouldn't be on any sort of betas or alpha releases

12. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Phone arena why are you advertising android alphas and betas when this site is comprised of mostly novices when it comes to flashing

13. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

god bernie save us from android foreseeing future trolls from apple, we know you like to alpha-test, still it's really funny to see average joe burning his android handset, :3 so please cry somewhere else android fans :))

15. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Developer preview should not be sent through OTA. Let people flash least they'd know how to flash back to previous version, if needed.

17. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

This I agree with. It's not really a good idea, IMO, to be letting people that can't at minimum wipe/flash/etc. through recovery be joining into an alpha preview. That's just asking for trouble.

16. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

So Marshmallow is running good on all devices now? Must be or I wouldn't be reading a article about N.

19. SOTechy

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Yay!!! they showed android Nutella

26. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Definitely, this year I'm going for a Nexus, just hope HTC doesn't screw it up.

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I love the new features, but I'm having a super frustrating time with the camera app, hangouts and Waze keeps crashing when not in use, and pop up messages in apps are narrow and impossible to read. I'm still having a blast playing with all the new goodies though.

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