There is an easy way to flash your Nexus 4 or 5, BQs and Meizus. To do this you need Linux's command line. Take a look at the list of supported devices below.
Why would anyone want to flash a phone?
I have an old Nexus 4 (first released 2012, so it's not THAT old...) which won't receive updates from Google anymore. My Nexus 4 is still in good condition and I want to use it. Magic Device Tool is able to install the following operating systems on Nexus 4; Ubuntu Touch, CyanogenMod 13 (i.e. Android 6), SailfishOS and Android 5.
How is the trick done?
First off, open your Terminal (as user, not as root) and type in the following commands.
- git clone https://github.com/MariusQuabeck/magic-device-tool.git
- cd magic-device-tool
- chmod +x launcher.sh
Why isn't for example MaruOS available for every device in the list?
MaruOS is available for Nexus 5 only. In the future we may see ports for other phones as well. As you might have noticed phones from Samsung, Sony etc. are missing. If you want to test-drive for example Ubuntu Touch then Nexuses, BQs and Meizus are the ones for you!
Is it worth it?
Absolutely! Magic Device Tool lets you take a deeper look at your phone and it's possibilities. Learn how to do it! It pays off!
- BQ Aquaris E4.5 - krillin
- BQ Aquaris E5 HD - vegetahd
- BQ Aquaris M10 HD - cooler
- BQ Aquaris M10 FHD - frieza
- Meizu MX 4 - arale
- Meizu Pro 5 - turbo
- LG Nexus 4 - mako
- LG Nexus 5 - hammerhead
- Asus Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi) - flo
- Asus Nexus 7 2013 (LTE) - deb
- Asus Nexus 7 2012 (3G) - tilapia
- Asus Nexus 7 2012 (WiFi) - grouper
- Samsung Nexus 10 - manta
- OnePlus One - bacon
- Fairphone 2 - FP2
Keep in mind you are flashing your phone at your own risk! Do not flash a phone which is needed every day! Purchase another phone for test purposes!
SailfishOS 2.0 on Nexus 4