Android 7.0 Nougat was officially released on August 22 and it’s already running on some of the Nexus 5X, 6P and 6 devices and it will come pre-loaded on the LG V20, which will be unveiled today. The OnePlus 3 is one of the new flagships that were released with Marshmallow out of the box, but there are many users who don’t want to wait until the device will be updated to Nougat. Luckily, there’s a way to install the latest operating system on the OnePlus 3, thanks to an unofficial CyanogenMod 14 build.
The Unofficial CyanogenMod 14 build for the OnePlus 3 was created by XDA Senior Member Taker18 and there are still some problems that are giving the developer headaches. The camera, Alert Slider, Dash Charge, Calling and other features are not working and the battery drains pretty fast. Users won’t be able to install APKs from local sources and the only launcher that works is Trebuchet. The good news is that there are no problems with the Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, audio and mobile data, and applications can be installed from the Google Play.
Taker18 said that “CyanogenMod is based on the Android Open Source Project with extra contributions from many people within the Android community. It can be used without any need to have any Google application installed. Linked below is a package that has come from another Android project that restore the Google parts. CyanogenMod does still include various hardware-specific code, which is also slowly being open-sourced anyway.”
The CM 14 ROM and the compatible Google Apps can be downloaded from the internet, and before proceeding with the installation process, you will need to gain rot access of your OnePlus 3, so you will need to the SuperSU package. Reboot your phone into TWRP recovery and perform a full Nandroid backup. You will backup partitions system, data, boot, recovery, EFS and cache (optional), then wipe the system. Next, you will tap Install and go to the folder where you have saved the CM 14 ROM zip file and select it, then confirm action. Do the same for the Google apps and SuperSU zip files, then reboot the phone. That’s it.