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Unlock boot loader is no longer required to sideload Nexus firmware
Google no longer requires users to unlock their bootloader to flash the firmware on a Nexus device or pixel C tablet. Therefore, the search giant puts the ota files for various devices public online.
Flashing the ota files also ensures that the data on the device will remain, while the factory images that Google until now reset to factory settings used tried to force, reports Google. Ota stands for over-the-air, the usual method by which updates are received on smartphones, ie without using a PC.
Unlocking the bootloader brings a small security risk with it, so it is desirable that users can install updates without going through PC, says Android Police, who discovered the site for ota files.
Flashing the updates work place via the function adb side load, allowing users to reboot the device into recovery mode, the phone via a cable to the desktop or laptop, and then install the update. The files are now online, firmwares are based on Android 6.0.1 and not the preview of Android N, which Google released in March.
On the ota site to find files for Nexus 5, 6, 5X, 6P, 7, 2012, 7 in 2013, 9, Nexus Player and Pixel C.
Ota files on developer site GoogleViewing:-89
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