OnePlus 3T Android 7.0 Nougat Oxygen OS 4.0.1 update review

OnePlus 3t cases

OnePlus 3T have the straight competition to Google Pixel because of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and lots of RAM. But there is only one thing which is holding down the OnePlus 3T is the software, Google Pixel released with Android 7.0 Nougat and OnePlus 3T was released with Android 6.0 Marshmallow running out of the box. Now, the competition is fierce because OnePlus 3T has received the Android 7.0 Nougat update. With this update, the Oxygen OS version has increased to 4.0.1, let’s see what the new features which we will get with this update are.

Features

There are no noticeable changes in the user interface of Oxygen OS 4.0.1 but there are lots of features OnePlus has added into it. The Android 7.0 Nougat stock features are also there like the split screen and DPI changer, but some stock Android features don’t work like the long press menu and recent app switch. There are some features which OnePlus has added in Oxygen OS 4.0 like a new settings app and sound enhancement settings for headphones.

Performance

The performance of OnePlus 3T is unbeatable with all the hardware and Oxygen OS 3.0.1, but after updating it to Oxygen OS 4.0, I’ve seen some random freeze in Modern Combat 5. I’ve also played the same game with multiplayer mode before on Oxygen OS 3.0.1 but never seen this game lag at any place. And not only lags, this game and some more other high graphics games crashes during multiplayer mode. Besides these games, there were no freeze or crash experienced.

Android 7.0 Nougat
Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Let’s see it there is any change in benchmarking too; we are going to perform the same tests which we did on OnePlus 3T. First, we will run AnTuTu benchmark then Geekbench 4, the previous score are listed with the new one. Apart from performance, I’ve also experienced excessive heating near the camera while intense gaming and sometimes during charging too! Overall the performance dropped a bit with this update and also the battery performance.

Conclusion

The performance and heating are the biggest issue with this update, it can be a possibility that the heating problem is caused by Android 7.0 Nougat because Google Pixel also get heated while gaming. If you bought OnePlus 3T because of its powerful hardware and played games on it often then you should not update your OnePlus 3T to Oxygen OS 4.0.1. Wait for some time till OnePlus solve these issues and make it run more fast and snappy as before.

How to install Android 7.1 Nougat (CyanogenMod 14.1) on Asus Zenfone 2 Laser

Android 7.1 Nougat Zenfone 2 Laser

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser users can now taste the sweetness of Android 7.1 Nougat. CyanogenMod Inc. released an experimental build of CyanogenMod 14.1 for Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. Although it is an experimental build but it’s stable enough to use this custom ROM as your daily driver. This custom ROM should not be installed on your primary device just in case. So, let’s start the installation but read all precautions carefully before installing the custom ROM.

Precautions

  • Create a backup of all the important files stored on your phone to keep the precious data safe.
  • Charge your phone using the wall adapter before proceeding any further before installing the custom ROM.
  • Root your phone and install latest TWRP custom recovery to flash the custom ROM on your phone.
  • This installation guide and files provided are only for Asus Zenfone 2 Laser with model number Z00L, do not attempt to install these file on any other phone. Go to Settings > About Device to check the model number of your phone.

Files you need

Steps to install CyanogenMod 14.1 on Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (Z00L)

  1. Download the CyanogenMod 14.1 custom ROM and Google apps package zip file from the links above and move them to your phone’s SD card.
  2. Presuming that you installed the TWRP custom recovery on your Zenfone 2 Laser, reboot your phone to recovery mode. Turn off your phone and turn it back on by holding down the power key and volume down key for few seconds.
  3. In recovery mode, tap Backup and swipe to backup your current firmware with all the settings and app data. This will create a backup so if you don’t like the CM 14.1 so you can restore this backup.
  4. Tap Wipe and swipe to confirm the action, this will wipe the system memory and factory resets your phone. Make sure you backed up your important data.
  5. Finally, tap Install and select the CyanogenMod 14.1 custom ROM zip file. Tap Add More Zips and select Google apps zip file this time and swipe to flash both zip file.
  6. After successful installation, tap the Reboot System to reboot your phone.

Your phone will reboot in few seconds and you’ll see a new boot animation on your phone which means that your phone is flashed successfully.

Conclusion

Soon you’ll be able to experience Android 7.1 Nougat on your Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. If you stuck somewhere while flashing the custom ROM then we are always here to help you out, just leave your questions in the comment section.

Android 7.1 Nougat (CM 14.1) now available for Asus Zenfone 2 Laser: How to install

Asus Zenfone 2 laser Android 7.1 Nougat

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser users can now taste the sweetness of Android 7.1 Nougat on their smartphones. CyanogenMod Inc. released an experimental build of CyanogenMod 14.1 for Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. Although it is an experimental build but it’s stable enough to use this custom ROM as your daily driver. This custom ROM should not be installed on your primary device just in case. So, let’s start the installation but read all precautions carefully before installing the custom ROM.

Precautions

  • Create a backup of all the important files stored on your phone to keep the precious data safe.
  • Charge your phone using the wall adapter before proceeding any further before installing the custom ROM.
  • Root your phone and install latest TWRP custom recovery to flash the custom ROM on your phone.
  • This installation guide and files provided are only for Asus Zenfone 2 Laser with model number Z00L, do not attempt to install these file on any other phone. Go to Settings > About Device to check the model number of your phone.

Files you need

Steps to install CyanogenMod 14.1 on Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (Z00L)

  1. Download the CyanogenMod 14.1 custom ROM and Google apps package zip file from the links above and move them to your phone’s SD card.
  2. Presuming that you installed the TWRP custom recovery on your Zenfone 2 Laser, reboot your phone to recovery mode. Turn off your phone and turn it back on by holding down the power key and volume down key for few seconds.
  3. In recovery mode, tap Backup and swipe to backup your current firmware with all the settings and app data. This will create a backup so if you don’t like the CM 14.1 so you can restore this backup.
  4. Tap Wipe and swipe to confirm the action, this will wipe the system memory and factory resets your phone. Make sure you backed up your important data.
  5. Finally, tap Install and select the CyanogenMod 14.1 custom ROM zip file. Tap Add More Zips and select Google apps zip file this time and swipe to flash both zip file.
  6. After successful installation, tap the Reboot System to reboot your phone.

Your phone will reboot in few seconds and you’ll see a new boot animation on your phone which means that your phone is flashed successfully.

Conclusion

Soon you’ll be able to experience Android 7.1 Nougat on your Asus Zenfone 2 Laser. If you stuck somewhere while flashing the custom ROM then we are always here to help you out, just leave your questions in the comment section.

List of Samsung, Moto, Nexus, LG, Xiaomi smartphones getting Android 7.1 Nougat

android 7.1 nougat

CyanogenMod 14.1 also known to be called as Android 7.1 has rolled out to Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, OnePlus 3, LG G4, Xiaomi Mi4, LG G3 and others. Even though the development of CyanogenMod is bit slow as expected, the development continues to move ahead.

The smartphone getting Android 7.1 Nougat based on CyanogenMod 14.1 are:

  • angler (Nexus 6P)
  • bullhead (Nexus 5X)
  • cancro (Xiaomi Mi3w/Mi4)
  • d855 (LG G3)
  • falcon/peregrine/thea/titan (Moto G variants)
  • h811/h815 (LG G4)
  • klte/kltedv/kltespr/klteusc/kltevzw (Samsung Galaxy S5)
  • oneplus3 (OnePlus 3)
  • Z00L/Z00T (Zenphone 2)

If you have any of the above phones with an unlocked bootloader, you will be able to install the CM flavor of Android Nougat. The product team has welcomed filing of bug reports but they requested users not to file bugs for missing features since the build is a work in progress.

You can expect more handsets to be added to the above list over the upcoming weeks. If you are unable to find your gadget in the above list, you should probably wait for some time. You need to keep a close watch on the official CyanogenMod download page for future updates.

Guide to install Android 7.1 Nougat (CyanogenMod 14.1) on OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3 Android 7.1 Nougat

CyanogenMod is based on Android Open Source Project built for Android smartphones to get the pure Android experience. It uses the source code released by Google for new Android version and add some more features to it without degrading the neatness of the OS. CyanogenMod 14.1 is a replica of Android 7.1 Nougat with all its features and some CyanogenMod features like theme support, Vulkan support, advanced reboot menu and custom DPI setting.

The unofficial build of CM 14.1 is a ported build for OnePlus 3 so there might be some bugs, but as reported by some developers, this build is good for the daily driver. There are some bugs, but you can use some workaround to get rid of them. All of the core functionality of a phone is working properly like RIL, fingerprint, camera, Dash charging, NFC, alert slider, Vulkan support and more.

Files you need

Prepare your OnePlus 3

  • Unlock your OnePlus 3 bootloader and install TWRP custom recovery on it.
  • Backup all of your data and move it to a safe place or on the cloud.
  • Charge your phone enough before proceeding to the custom ROM installation part.

Steps to install unofficial CM 14.1 on OnePlus 3

  1. Move all the three zip packages to your OnePlus 3 internal memory. Move them to the root directory to easily access them in recovery.
  2. Reboot your phone to recovery mode and tap Install.
  3. Select the support package zip file and confirm to install it on your phone.
  4. Reboot your phone normally to the Oxygen OS and shut it down again.
  5. Again boot your phone to recovery mode and tap Wipe, confirm the action to wipe the cache and system from the phone.
  6. Come back to the main menu and tap Install, select the CM 14.1 ROM zip file and confirm to flash.
  7. Again, use the Install to install the Google Apps zip package.
  8. Tap Reboot System  to reboot your phone to the OS mode.

You can enjoy some music while your phone is booting up cause it’s gonna take some time for the first boot, after that it will boot fast. Now you will see a welcome screen from where you can follow the steps and setup your device.

Conclusion

This custom ROM will give you a clean and stock Android user interface. You can go here to get the Google assistant like in Google Pixel phone. Tell us about your experience with this ROM and if you stuck somewhere then feel free to leave a comment below.

How to install Android 7.1 Nougat (CM 14.1) on Xiaomi Mi4

Xiaomi Mi4 Android Nougat

CyanogenMod Inc. released CM 14.1 nightly builds for some smartphones recently and Xiaomi Mi 4 is one of them. So if you are a proud owner of Xiaomi Mi 4 then it’s time for you to try Android 7.1 Nougat on it. Nightly builds are for testing purposes only, but you can use as a daily driver, reported by some testers.

CyanogenMod 14.1 is based on Android 7.1 Nougat source files, it includes most of the major features from Android 7.1 Nougat. CyanogenMod ROMs contains some signature features like themes, custom dpi, multi-window mode, better battery management.

Files you need

Things you should not miss

  • Xiaomi Mi 4’s bootloader should be unlocked before installing the custom recovery.
  • Charge your phone to 80% because flashing custom ROMs takes up lots of juice.
  • Do not try to install this custom ROM on other Xiaomi variant.

Steps to install TWRP custom recovery on Xiaomi Mi4

  1. Download TWRP custom recovery zip package, rename it to “update.zip” and move all three files including this file to your phone’s internal memory.
  2. Launcher Updater app on your phone and select the updater.zip file you just downloaded to start the update.
  3. Your phone will reboot normally after the update’s done.

You’ll see no visual changes when your phone reboot after update because

Steps to install the official CyanogenMod 14.1 on Xiaomi Mi4

  1. Move the downloaded zip packages (Google apps and Cyanogen 14.1) to your phone’s internal memory.
  2. Reboot your phone to the recovery mode, turn the phone off and boot it by holding down the volume up key and power key together.
  3. In recovery mode, tap Wipe and confirm to wipe the system memory and factory reset.
  4. Now tap the Install and select the CM 14.1 zip package to install it on your phone.
  5. Repeat the above step with Google Apps zip package and install it on your phone.
  6. After installation completes, tap Reboot System below the installation successful message.

You’ll see a new boot animation with CyanogenMod logo, it will take some time to boot for the first time. You’ll soon reach the setup screen with a welcome message, from here you can easily setup your phone.

Conclusion

Don’t worry if you don’t know much about Android internals like recovery and kernel, just stick to the steps and you’ll update your phone easily. And if you want some help then we are available on social media websites and the comment section is open too!

How to install Android 7.1 Nougat on OnePlus 3 (CyanogenMod 14.1)

Android Nougat OnePlus 3

CyanogenMod is based on Android Open Source Project built for Android smartphones to get the pure Android experience. It uses the source code released by Google for new Android version and add some more features to it without degrading the neatness of the OS. CyanogenMod 14.1 is a replica of Android 7.1 Nougat with all its features and some CyanogenMod features like theme support, Vulkan support, advanced reboot menu and custom DPI setting.

The unofficial build of CM 14.1 is a ported build for OnePlus 3 so there might be some bugs, but as reported by some developers, this build is good for the daily driver. There are some bugs, but you can use some workaround to get rid of them. All of the core functionality of a phone is working properly like RIL, fingerprint, camera, Dash charging, NFC, alert slider, Vulkan support and more.

Files you need

Prepare your OnePlus 3

  • Unlock your OnePlus 3 bootloader and install TWRP custom recovery on it.
  • Backup all of your data and move it to a safe place or on the cloud.
  • Charge your phone enough before proceeding to the custom ROM installation part.

Steps to install unofficial CM 14.1 on OnePlus 3

  1. Move all the three zip packages to your OnePlus 3 internal memory. Move them to the root directory to easily access them in recovery.
  2. Reboot your phone to recovery mode and tap Install.
  3. Select the support package zip file and confirm to install it on your phone.
  4. Reboot your phone normally to the Oxygen OS and shut it down again.
  5. Again boot your phone to recovery mode and tap Wipe, confirm the action to wipe the cache and system from the phone.
  6. Come back to the main menu and tap Install, select the CM 14.1 ROM zip file and confirm to flash.
  7. Again, use the Install to install the Google Apps zip package.
  8. Tap Reboot System  to reboot your phone to the OS mode.

You can enjoy some music while your phone is booting up cause it’s gonna take some time for the first boot, after that it will boot fast. Now you will see a welcome screen from where you can follow the steps and setup your device.

Conclusion

This custom ROM will give you a clean and stock Android user interface. You can go here to get the Google assistant like in Google Pixel phone. Tell us about your experience with this ROM and if you stuck somewhere then feel free to leave a comment below.

Google releases Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview for Nexus 6P, 5X and Pixel C: Here’s how to install

Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview update

Google recently released its Google Pixel smartphone with Android 7.1 Nougat and an exclusive Google assistant built right in. Well, both of those features are not so exclusive anymore. You can enable Google assistant on any smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat and Google also released Android 7.1 Nougat beta images to some Nexus smartphones. If you own any of the eligible smartphones then you can preview the Android 7.1 Nougat on it today.

Eligible Nexus devices

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Pixel C

Upgrade via OTA updates

If you own one of the supported smartphones, then you can get the updates via OTA updates. You only have to enrol your smartphone for beta testing on the Android beta program website. If your device is eligible for the beta program, you will get the notification on the website.

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Now all you need to do is reboot your device and check for the updates under Settings > About Device > System Updates. You’ll see a new update there, just follow the steps to install it. After downloading, your phone will reboot to finish installing updates. After installation, you can use your phone with new Android 7.1 Nougat features.

Upgrade by flashing the system image manually

Flashing the system image manually on your smartphone is a little risky so stick to the instructions and read the precautions. All the data on your phone will get wiped out, and you need to set up your device again.

Download the system image from here according to your Nexus device. Unzip the package on your PC and connect your phone to PC via USB cable. Inside the folder, right-click while holding down the Shift key on the keyboard. Select Open command window here, a command window will pop up.

First, you need to reboot your phone to the bootloader. For this, type the below command and press enter.

adb reboot bootloader

Your phone will reboot to the bootloader mode, and now you need to unlock the bootloader. During this process, all your personal data from your phone will get wiped, and your phone will get reset to the factory settings. Type the command below and hit enter.

Fastboot oem unlock

You will see a popup on your device confirm this action, agree to the pop-up and the phone will return to the factory settings. Now you have to close this command window and execute (double-click) the flash-all file. The command window will start to flash the system image on your device; it will take some time and your phone will reboot once it’s done.

Conclusion

You’re all set! Your phone will reboot to the newly installed Android 7.1 Nougat Developer preview. First boot will take more time, but after that, your phone will boot fine. Soon you’ll see the welcome screen on your phone, and you need to complete the setup to proceed to the home screen.

How to install Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview update on Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Pixel C

Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview update

Google recently released its Google Pixel smartphone with Android 7.1 Nougat and an exclusive Google assistant built right in. Well, both of those features are not so exclusive anymore. You can enable Google assistant on any smartphone running Android 7.0 Nougat and Google also released Android 7.1 Nougat beta images to some Nexus smartphones. If you own any of the eligible smartphones then you can preview the Android 7.1 Nougat on it today.

Eligible Nexus devices

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Pixel C

Upgrade via OTA updates

If you own one of the supported smartphones, then you can get the updates via OTA updates. You only have to enrol your smartphone for beta testing on the Android beta program website. If your device is eligible for the beta program, you will get the notification on the website.

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Now all you need to do is reboot your device and check for the updates under Settings > About Device > System Updates. You’ll see a new update there, just follow the steps to install it. After downloading, your phone will reboot to finish installing updates. After installation, you can use your phone with new Android 7.1 Nougat features.

Upgrade by flashing the system image manually

Flashing the system image manually on your smartphone is a little risky so stick to the instructions and read the precautions. All the data on your phone will get wiped out, and you need to set up your device again.

Download the system image from here according to your Nexus device. Unzip the package on your PC and connect your phone to PC via USB cable. Inside the folder, right-click while holding down the Shift key on the keyboard. Select Open command window here, a command window will pop up.

First, you need to reboot your phone to the bootloader. For this, type the below command and press enter.

adb reboot bootloader

Your phone will reboot to the bootloader mode, and now you need to unlock the bootloader. During this process, all your personal data from your phone will get wiped, and your phone will get reset to the factory settings. Type the command below and hit enter.

Fastboot oem unlock

You will see a popup on your device confirm this action, agree to the pop-up and the phone will return to the factory settings. Now you have to close this command window and execute (double-click) the flash-all file. The command window will start to flash the system image on your device; it will take some time and your phone will reboot once it’s done.

Conclusion

You’re all set! Your phone will reboot to the newly installed Android 7.1 Nougat Developer preview. First boot will take more time, but after that, your phone will boot fine. Soon you’ll see the welcome screen on your phone, and you need to complete the setup to proceed to the home screen.