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[UBR] First Ever Android 8.1 for Nexus 5 [Every Month Update]

What is more important for you?

  • Pixel Navigation Bar

    Votes: 21 35.0%
  • Pass SafetyNet

    Votes: 39 65.0%

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    60
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FirstEver

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First Ever Android 8.1 for Nexus 5 [Every Month Update]

This is my new project dedicated to all Nexus 5 users!

The goal is to reproduce the Google Pixel 2 system.
It is based on unofficial Unlegacy Android Project 8.1 Beta.
This UBR contains some useful tools that can be easily uninstalled.​

What does UBR stand for?

The letters UBR stand for Update By Recovery - a very non conventional way of flashing.
This backup does not contain the EFS partition which holds your personal IMEI number,
that's why you can use it on any Nexus 5 phone!​

Why you should install this ROM?

+ Really easy flash by swiping only one button in TWRP!
+ Quick Installation (it usually takes 3 minutes)
+ It works instantly after reboot
+ If the phone is not damaged it will always work
+ It looks like Google Pixel 2 from the box (in 99%)
+ It has extra functions that can be uninstalled (Magisk etc)

It has a 4 times larger installation file than standard flashable ROM
Other applications from your Google account will need to be installed manually

Why is it so BIG?

This UBR contains: ROM (298 MB) + OpenGApps Nano (141 MB) + Other Modules/Mods+ Other Google apps.
After installation you can remove all unwanted apps including Magisk (Unroot).​

What works:
  • Almost everything.
What doesn't work:
  • Trusted face (from Smart Lock)
  • Fast (Quick) Charging
  • WakeBlock (wait for the update)
Things to improve:
  • Xposed Framework (with Pixel NavBar module) breaks the SafetyNet.
If you want to use apps that require the SafetyNet be passed, uninstall Xposed (the navigation bar will return to the AOSP version).​

Requirements:
Download: - You can find the latest version on <Mod Edit> Link removed
  1. Download the First Ever Android 8.1 for Nexus 5: Direct, Dropbox, Mega, Google Drive, OneDrive, Magnet, Torrent.
  2. Installation Guide - make sure you follow all the instructions carefully, without skipping any steps!
  3. FAQ - if you have a problem with my UBR please read the answers to frequently asked questions.

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Please download the latest version from official page - use Google to find it.
I will not continue my project here, until this thread is removed.
Do not worry, this project is still being developed (but not here).

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
 
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FirstEver

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Jul 18, 2013
391
515
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Did you basically backup the unlegacy rom after editing it? But you can not take the system and simply create an update script flashable ?

How do you want to update partitions from ext4 to f2fs by using flashable ZIP?
My UBR (Update By Recovery) is the best solution for beginners, because most people do not read the instructions.

Example (last comment on my website): WiFi doesn't work - please help/fix it!
This is not a bug, you have not updated the TWRP Recovery to version 3.2.1-1 = you have not read the instructions!
 
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FirstEver

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Jul 18, 2013
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You can have the pixel navbar w/o xposed: https://chromloop.com/2016/11/guide-how-to-port-pixel-navigation-bar-animation-to-your-phone/. I'm not sure if it will work with oreo since the guide is for 7.1.2.

Thanks, I will try it, but now I am using Xposed module for Pixel Navbar, unfortunately it breaks the SafetyNet.
You can choose between Pixel Navbar and SafetyNet. To pass the SafetyNet open Xposed Installer app and uninstall it.

KDCloudy's review on YouTube - thanks!


How to enable notification dots:
Go to: Settings -> Apps & notifications -> open Pixel Launcher app -> press the Gear icon -> Notification dots -> Change settings -> On -> Allow :)

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Please download the latest version from official page - use Google to find it.[/COLOR]
I will not continue my project here, until this thread is removed.
Do not worry, this project is still being developed (but not here).
 
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BackToAndroid

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Apr 5, 2017
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Issues I have been facing after using it for a week:

1. Poor Bluetooth call quality
2. Random apps crashing (Google Maps/Twitter/Kindle)
3. Random slowness & lags
4. Volume/sound is very low

How do I turn off mobile data without unlocking my lock screen?

---------- Post added at 15:07 ---------- Previous post was at 15:04 ----------

@FirstEver How will we know when new update is available and what are the changes done?
 
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Fredericoalt

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Feb 15, 2018
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Excellent!

I've just recovered an old nexus 5 that was in bootloop and installed this rom, and I've never seen this phone working with such a charm, the only downside is the battery, I don't know if disabling automatic brightness is making a big difference, but I see a little gain in it.
Only question I have is how do you update to the newest version? I have the January version and wanted to update to the February without erasing any of my data of course.
Thanks a lot for the easy install and for this amazing rom!
Ps: I have to admit it does crash some apps sometimes, but nothing to worry.
 

psydex

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How's the in-call volume? Last time I tried an oreo rom in-call volume was non-adjustable and very quiet. In Most of N5 oreo rom volume is super quiet.
It should be fine by default, not ask us to fix it ourselves.

What about Substratum support?
 
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SAproX1

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Jul 13, 2016
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Guys as this phone is a legend, but the battery sucks.. Did you guys find a battery with close performance as the original one ?
 
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    First Ever Android 8.1 for Nexus 5 [Every Month Update]

    This is my new project dedicated to all Nexus 5 users!

    The goal is to reproduce the Google Pixel 2 system.
    It is based on unofficial Unlegacy Android Project 8.1 Beta.
    This UBR contains some useful tools that can be easily uninstalled.​

    What does UBR stand for?

    The letters UBR stand for Update By Recovery - a very non conventional way of flashing.
    This backup does not contain the EFS partition which holds your personal IMEI number,
    that's why you can use it on any Nexus 5 phone!​

    Why you should install this ROM?

    + Really easy flash by swiping only one button in TWRP!
    + Quick Installation (it usually takes 3 minutes)
    + It works instantly after reboot
    + If the phone is not damaged it will always work
    + It looks like Google Pixel 2 from the box (in 99%)
    + It has extra functions that can be uninstalled (Magisk etc)

    It has a 4 times larger installation file than standard flashable ROM
    Other applications from your Google account will need to be installed manually

    Why is it so BIG?

    This UBR contains: ROM (298 MB) + OpenGApps Nano (141 MB) + Other Modules/Mods+ Other Google apps.
    After installation you can remove all unwanted apps including Magisk (Unroot).​

    What works:
    • Almost everything.
    What doesn't work:
    • Trusted face (from Smart Lock)
    • Fast (Quick) Charging
    • WakeBlock (wait for the update)
    Things to improve:
    • Xposed Framework (with Pixel NavBar module) breaks the SafetyNet.
    If you want to use apps that require the SafetyNet be passed, uninstall Xposed (the navigation bar will return to the AOSP version).​

    Requirements:
    Download: - You can find the latest version on <Mod Edit> Link removed
    1. Download the First Ever Android 8.1 for Nexus 5: Direct, Dropbox, Mega, Google Drive, OneDrive, Magnet, Torrent.
    2. Installation Guide - make sure you follow all the instructions carefully, without skipping any steps!
    3. FAQ - if you have a problem with my UBR please read the answers to frequently asked questions.

    gx92BqI.jpg

    xwh6JVw.jpg

    P2vzZyJ.jpg

    Dm6vIba.jpg

    OQxF6zX.jpg



    Please download the latest version from official page - use Google to find it.
    I will not continue my project here, until this thread is removed.
    Do not worry, this project is still being developed (but not here).

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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    How's the in-call volume? Last time I tried an oreo rom in-call volume was non-adjustable and very quiet. In Most of N5 oreo rom volume is super quiet.
    It should be fine by default, not ask us to fix it ourselves.

    What about Substratum support?
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    Nice, but why starting a new thread?

    I asked the moderator to remove (delete) my previous thread, not to close it.