Moto E, a device from the year 2014 has been updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. Can’t believe it? That’s perfectly fine, we couldn’t believe it either at first, but it’s true. It’s obviously not possible officially, the phone has got an unofficial build of CyanogenMod 14.
Motorola has been pulling out some very nice mid-range and low-end smartphones lately. In 2014, Motorola released the very first generation Moto E, which did well and brought some respect to Motorola. The Moto E equipped a 4.5-inch display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution at 245 ppi. Snapdragon 200 CPU accompanied by Adreno 302 GPU powered this phone up with a RAM of 1 GB and internal storage starting from 4 GB. The phone also supported external SD card slot up to 32 GB. It has a 1980 mAh battery under the hood. 5 MP shooter is fixed at the back and there is no shooter on the front. Moto E was found running Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box. Motorola did have plans to upgrade this device to Android Lollipop as well.
Moto E is among the lucky most devices in the low-end category which has been blessed by Android 7.0 Nougat via CyanogenMod 14 custom ROM. Although an unofficial CyanogenMod 14 custom ROM, but it shouldn’t really matter to you if you are an Android power user and as long as this ROM works fine.
The ROM boots up, it plays the Audio, the Wifi works and allows you to browse internet. You can also make calls and send SMS messages which means RIL is working perfectly well. Camera is also working for shooting photos and you can also watch videos on this ROM. What more would you need? Have a look on the installation method now and learn to Update Moto E to Android 7.0 Nougat CyanogenMod 14.
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Update Moto E to Android 7.0 Nougat CyanogenMod 14
- Unlock the bootloader of your phone.
- Download TWRP Recovery.img and flash it using this guide: How to install TWRP 3.0.x Recovery on your Android device
- Download cm-14.0-20160914-UNOFFICIAL-condor.zip file and copy it to your phone’s internal or external storage.
- Download Google GApps.zip for Android 7.0 Nougat file and copy it to your phone as well.
- Boot into TWRP recovery on your Moto E.
- Perform a factory data reset using the Wipe option in TWRP.
- Now get back to the main menu in TWRP and tap Install > locate the ROM.zip file > flash it.
- After flashing the ROM, flash GApps.zip file similarly.
- Once done, reboot your device into system now.
- As your phone boots up, you should see Android 7.0 Nougat CM 14 ROM on the boot menu.
- That’s all. Happy flashing!