Either of those AOSiP releases are fine. I'm on 06/14. The 06/17 release was a minor bug fix.@ktmom You continue to be of great help.
I have dl AOSiP-8.1-Official-shamu-20180617.zip & AOSiP-8.1-Official-shamu-20180617.md5sum. It verified.
camcory the developer says, "These are local builds I do prior to official releases to test commits and or features."
So Do I have official release or no?
Another page hosting camcory
says AOSiP-8.1-Official-shamu-20180614.zip is the latest official release.
Are both 20180617 & 20180614 official releases?
As far as Open GAPPS. I'm not sure what platform I'm on. So I downloaded ARM 8.1 stock & micro. The micro seems more to my liking. Can I add apps not in micro, I'd think so?
Any harm in making a Nandroid anyways & having it in Internal storage for convenience sake? And what are the steps through TWRP? Or I just put shamu-n6f27m-factory-bf5cce08.zip in internal for CYA purposes?
I love XDA!
ARM is correct for the N6. Micro gapps is fine. Don't use a Gapps package smaller than nano. Nano is ok, but less than that you don't get the framework you need. And yes, you can add apps from the play store that the package doesn't install.
No harm in making a nandroid for fun. When you are in TWRP, choose back up and accept the defaults. It will be stored in the user data partition (internal storage) in a TWRP folder then another folder that is the device ID.
Putting shamu-n6f27m-factory-bf5cce08.zip on your phone won't do any good. That is a file that is flashed through fastboot only.
BTW, when your doing all of this TWRP stuff, it's best to have your device charging. I never start with less than 50% battery and on a charger.
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