One of the things that most concern to Android users, even those who have no knowledge of the operating system, is the software support. Google, for its part, serves the new version of Android to all manufacturers, but are these last ones who decide which devices receive it and what not.
Users who do not have the fortune to receive Android updates, either by the antiquity of the mobile or because the company decided to stop giving support, have two choices, tough it out to buy another handset, or find a way to have the most recent Android. This last is what we’ll then talk.
For starters, there are two methods by which you can install the new version of Android: through a firmware for your model in a region where if available, or based flashing custom ROMs.
To install the official firmware of another region
Normally, if there is an official firmware for your smartphone model, means that you will get the update sooner or later, but the fact that are staggered can make later too. And better don’t talk about cases in which, as with the Galaxy S7, the update is available in a couple of regions and the rest follows with Marshmallow.
Is in these cases, perhaps somewhat specific, in which a user can choose to install the official firmware of another region. Best thing about this is that not need root access to obtain Nougat in your device. That Yes, agree that you know exact your Terminal model because it might not be compatible with the existing firmware.
If you do not know the model of your phone and do not have the original box by hand, you can go to settings and touch on ‘Phone information’, where you put your model number. In case that is not displayed (by the customization layer), an easy way is to find an app, such as AIDA64, indicating the mobile model that you have between hands.
Once all this is done, the following is Download the firmware or image of factory of the website of the manufacturer or another that collect them (like Sammobile, for example) and follow the instructions that each manufacturer requires. In many cases they will require prerequisites to carry out this update.
The most common is to ask you to have the Android SDK installed, but you can ask other requirements like having the unlocked bootloader, as in the case of the Nexus or have an additional program installed, such as Odin in the case of the Samsung. That Yes, in all cases you are asked to have the USB debugging enabled.
To activate the debug USB need to have access to the Development options, to do this you must go to ‘Settings’ and within ‘phone information’, press several times on ‘build version’. Then it rewinds to ‘Settings’, where you will see the options of development, looking for USB debugging and enable it.
After satisfying the requirements and with the firmware downloaded, only you have that connect the phone to the computer and follow the instructions that you are giving. Make sure you have done a backup of all your data, it is not uncommon that they lost during the process. Don’t worry if the firmware is from another country, you can normally set it to your language.
Install custom ROMs
In most cases we find that the manufacturer does not give us software support, and this can happen, among other things, because the manufacturer of the processor does not release the drivers, is the own operator (if our phone is not free) which does not update or for the support of our terminal time has passed. This leaves users with the feeling of having a “obsolete” terminal.
But if your mobile phone has run out of support, We can use the gigantic development community There is existing. It will not be very difficult that you can update your terminal to a recent version of Android through a custom ROM, made terminals as old as the Galaxy S2 today can run Android Nougat.
First of all, it should be recalled that to be able to Flash a custom ROM, your mobile phone must be rooted and in many cases, also be the unlocked bootloader. If you are going to make the process of root to install a ROM, we advise you, first of all, you do backup your data and, above all, read all the guides with the maximum attention possible to not turn your mobile phone into a paperweight.
The backup usually are automatically saved to your Google account. But if you’re root, you can use Titanium Backup to make a copy of the application data you want or use Google Drive to save your files in the cloud or AirDroid to save them on your computer.
The most common place to follow a tutorial on how to root your handset is the Forum of XDA-Developers, the largest place in the community of Android development. If the English are chokes you, can go to Forum also immense HTCMania, where you will find the translated into the Spanish guides.
In the majority of cases, moreover, you have to use a Custom ‘ recovery’ (TWRP or CWM) to flashing the ROM from it and, on rare occasions, you will need to download the Google Apps (or GApps,) as they are commonly known as Play Store, Chrome, etc, Google + Google applications including.
Once carried out the process, in the same forums You can find ROMs for your device, several of them possibly in the latest version of Android. Will be at XDA where most are going to find, but in HTCMania, you’ll see several of the Forum of XDA perfectly translated to the Spanish and, with luck, a ROM from a Spanish developer.
Make sure you understand the process of rooting your phone and Flash a ROM before you start the process, because if you do something wrong, you can turn your phone into a quite expensive pisalapeles, and you can up to the Nice.
The type of ROM to choose depends more on the tastes of each, but the fastest in view with the latest version of Android are the of CyanogenMod or those based on it. Given that CM is deceased, is responsible for LineageOS’s pick to be the first witness in bringing us the latest from the Green robot.
But there are more types of ROM, as the Android-based stock or in the layer of personalization of the manufacturer, which may be more to your liking and will appear with Android Nougat. Once the ROM is installed, you will only have to perform the configuration and start enjoying the new features offered by.
As we have seen, We don’t have to wait to the manufacturer to give us the update, If you are making it. Ourselves, with a little patience and much reading, we can make that our device has the latest in Android. Have you ever seen yourself in the situation of having to use one of these methods to update your phone?