Build NMJ51B

billteeth

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Being on Sprint do I need to do the previous updates or right to NMJ51B? I am on NM181

Thanks
You have to do them in order.
Current Builds:
Build NMI54B - 7.1.1 (Initial Build)
Build NMI64C - 7.1.1 (September 13, 2017)
Build NMI81C - 7.1.1 (October 4, 2017)
Build NMJ20D - 7.1.1 (October 30, 2017)
Build NMJ32F - 7.1.1 (November 7, 2017)
Build NMJ51B - 7.1.1 (December 5, 2017)

Search this forum for "build" to find the ota link's
https://forum.xda-developers.com/essential-phone/how-to
 
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DiamondDave98

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Sprint updating

If you're on Sprint like me, and are using an unlocked phone (like me) here's what you can do.

Go to Walmart, purchase a SIM starter kit. It will have to include a nano SIM card and CANNOT BE SPRINT (very important). I got one of those pre-paid sim starter kits and paid about $9.00.

When you're made aware of an update being released by Essential, turn off your device, remove your Sprint SIM and replace it with the non-Sprint SIM. Turn the device on and navigate to the settings, manually check for an update and you'll see that the newly released update is available. Install it, allow the device to restart and once the update is finalized, turn the device off and reinstall your Sprint SIM. Done.

If during this process you are prompted to begin activating service because of the different SIM, simply ignore the prompt and continue the download of the update.

BTW, this is an Essential approved method according to their East Coast Tech Support.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with sideloading the update, I just wanted to offer another method that doesn't require ADB interface or having to type code even though it is a simple and seamless process.
 
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ver2go

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Side loading is failing for me. Not sure if I'm doing anything wrong.

rooted and unlocked.
boot into recovery
advance
side load

on computer 'adb sideload <file posted here>.zip'

TWRP shows failed at the top. The console shows it trying to apply
 

Airwolf79

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Side loading is failing for me. Not sure if I'm doing anything wrong.

rooted and unlocked.
boot into recovery
advance
side load

on computer 'adb sideload <file posted here>.zip'

TWRP shows failed at the top. The console shows it trying to apply
Try the stock recovery. Pull the boot.img out of the stock dump zip and flash it in fastboot. Once in the stock recovery, hold power & vol up to get to hidden menu. Then adb sideload.
 

avd

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If you are going to go through all that trouble, just flag the lastest back to stock image. If your bootloader is not unlocked, the unlocking process will wipe your data.

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avd

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The battery life is insane.
Although all day yesterday carrier services was eating up my battery. Probably it was having a schitzophrenic breakdown... Hey there's an update... No we're on Sprint... Hey there's an update... No we're on Sprint... ...

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Airwolf79

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If you are going to go through all that trouble, just flag the lastest back to stock image. If your bootloader is not unlocked, the unlocking process will wipe your data.

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Why? The process I described took me all of 5 minutes, and I didn't have to wipe anything.
 

blackice000

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Airwolf,
the stock imange boot file trick sounds like a plan, however...how do we get TWRP back after wards. The only versions i have are cooked into the ROM image.

Rick
 

Airwolf79

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Airwolf,
the stock imange boot file trick sounds like a plan, however...how do we get TWRP back after wards. The only versions i have are cooked into the ROM image.

Rick
BMG1001 has updated his root thread with the latest TWRP build. Just follow the link in his thread and flash it the same way as the previous build, fastboot flash boot twrp.img. Root is working with the latest build as well. https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=3701976
Edit:. Obviously, you would have to rename the NMJ51B TWRP img to use that command, or just type the full name of that TWRP img into your command.
 
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blackice000

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OK a bit frustrated. I have the OTA zip ( b1f428ce77a3324759d0157f964b507ebc5e72fb.zip)
Flashed stock boot.img
ADB Reboot bootloader
Select recovery
Get "sick android guy"
Power Button, Volume Up to get menu
Select update from ADB
Adb sideload ota.zip
Says:
Finding Update Package...
Opening update package...
E:\unknown volume for path [/sideload package./zip
Verifying update package...
Update package verification took 5.7 s (result 0).
Installing Update...
Step 1/2Error applying update 20 (Error code::kDownloadState InitializationError)E:Error in sideload/package.zip
(Status 1)
E:unknown volume for path [/cache/recovery/uncrypt_status]
Installation Aborted

HELP!

Rick
 

Airwolf79

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OK a bit frustrated. I have the OTA zip ( b1f428ce77a3324759d0157f964b507ebc5e72fb.zip)
Flashed stock boot.img
ADB Reboot bootloader
Select recovery
Get "sick android guy"
Power Button, Volume Up to get menu
Select update from ADB
Adb sideload ota.zip
Says:
Finding Update Package...
Opening update package...
E:\unknown volume for path [/sideload package./zip
Verifying update package...
Update package verification took 5.7 s (result 0).
Installing Update...
Step 1/2Error applying update 20 (Error code::kDownloadState InitializationError)E:Error in sideload/package.zip
(Status 1)
E:unknown volume for path [/cache/recovery/uncrypt_status]
Installation Aborted

HELP!

Rick
Ok. U flashed the boot.img in fastboot, correct? And you put the OTA zip in ur platform tools folder right?
 

blackice000

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Absolutely. Should just work

Am on NMJ32F trying to get to NMJ51B

No root, stock NM32F boot.img from dump.

Weird....

ADB/Fastboot works flawlessly.

Ideas?

Rick
 

Airwolf79

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Ok, you need to flash the boot.img to the other partition, so in bootloader: fastboot set_active other. It should tell you which partition you're switching to (a or b). Then flash the boot.img to the partition you switched to. If the active partition is A, then:
fastboot flash boot_a boot. Once you successfully sideload the OTA, and you want to flash TWRP, just make sure you are switched back to the other partition before you flash. This whole partition thing can be very confusing.
 
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