How to manually update your Nexus

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1GET THE LATEST VERSION OF ANDROID ON YOUR NEXUS ON YOUR OWN TERMS

Nexus, the line of Android devices developed in partnership between Google and various hardware manufacturers (to date, HTC, LG, Samsung and Huawei), is a program that allows developers to get their hands on a 100 percent stock Android experience, as Google intends. It can help to develop applications for the platform quicker and easier than if using a device with a manufacturer skin onboard, and that’s a good thing.

But if there’s a single reason to buy a Nexus device, it’s this — the newest software first. Period.

When Google works on major updates to Android, it’s also building them to work specifically on Nexus devices. This means when Google releases an update to the Android code itself, it will come quickly to the supported Nexus devices first, if not immediately.

And Nexus devices actually are among the few that have several ways of receiving updates. Some are easier, some are faster, but all are available to you. Here’s how to manually update your Nexus.

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