Android 6.0 Marshmallow can be (unofficially) installed on the Google Nexus 4

Android 6.0 Marshmallow can be (unofficially) installed on the Google Nexus 4
The grand roll-out of Google's latest tasty dose of Android has commenced, but unless you're rocking a newish Nexus or plan on purchasing a smartphone running Marshmallow off the bat, you'll probably be sitting on your hands for a while. Indeed, if you own the antiquated Nexus 4, you'll likely be aware that Google has left it behind, meaning that it won't be updated beyond Android 5.x Lollipop. The Android community isn't one to take such a setback lying down, though, and with a little bit of work, Android 6.0 can still grace the device in an unofficial capacity. 

The rather hacky method devised by hobbyist Dmitry Grinberg may deter those with little experience in messing with Android. It's not a case of simply flashing the firmware or updating, but by the same token, his method looks relatively straightforward to get up and running. In following the steps outlined at the source, Grinberg claims that users will be able to enjoy all of Android 6.0 Marshmallow's features on the Nexus 4, including GApps and LTE; quite the achievement for what is -- in smartphone terms -- a bit of a relic. 

As with any fork of this kind, expect some features to be erratic or not operate to the Android 6.0 specification. Also bear in mind that since the Nexus 4 is coming up for three years old now, even a fully-functional Android Marshmallow installation is likely to be hindered by the aging hardware. 

Still, it's good to see that the Android modding community is still thriving, and if you'd like to try this one out for yourself, details can be found at the source. 

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)

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28 Comments

1. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Beauty of Android.

6. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

That's the true beauty of Android, yeah.

9. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Yes is the beauty of android and an advantage over what? Nothing, its the beauty of android for android only. Yes android can be hacked to install new updates unofficially Iphone can't be hacked, BUT THEY GET NEW UPDATES OFFICIALLY. Does this make sense? It means they are stuffs android can do that iphone can't do, but they are needed on android but not needed on iphone. So its is good as saying, The Uglyness of Android compared to iphone. Not an iphone fan tho. Just saying the plain truth.

10. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You forgot to mention custom ROMs which introduce many features and UIs. Being able to customize your device is a privilege.

12. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Like SirYar said on post #10, the beauty of Android is not limited to just software updates...

18. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

True. But what else? I mean you CHANGE stuffs cos THEY ARE NOT GOOD or YOU DON'T LIKE THEM! This is the main difference Between android and Ios, one add features, one reduces problems its sort of an attacking and defensive approach. android has a lot of features but also a lot of problems every tweak and 'beauty' of android you carry out is to solve these problems if you really-really think of it, if not, then its to STEAL from DEVELOPERS via their own apps on your phone. Because first, downloading a paid app for free via the net and installing it is stealing. Then rooting your phones to hack games and apps, just more crime. I really don't see any beauty in the deep accessibility and tweaking of android phones. But tho I like Samsung Phones, and don't really use all these so called beauty. The only problem is If apple can create themes for the Ios like touch wiz themes, it would had been fine, launchers is not an issue, how many of us still use 3rd party launchers? Siryar, the only reason you install custom rom is 'software updates' again.

21. --j--

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Each to their own mate. There're reasons why Google decided to upgrade and/or not to upgrade the devices and likewise there're reasons why Apple decided to upgrade and/or not to upgrade their devices. If you strongly believe upgrading unofficially is stealing and a crime, then don't do it, though others may think it is alright.

26. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

No. Go back and read what I said again. I said the ability to tweak, root, and install stuffs like custom rom, helps to correct problems on android (problems not on iphone or wp) Otherwise You only use it to steal like installing paid apps free, or hacking apps to add a feature the developer did not include, or by pass in-app purchases. And the only reason for not updating you phone's software is 'failure' or 'limited resources' (that is if the phone is capable of carring the new update, just like nexus for is capable of handling android 6.0 marshmallow)

27. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

No. Go back and read what I said again. I said the ability to tweak, root, and install stuffs like custom rom, helps to correct problems on android (problems not on iphone or wp) Otherwise that You only use it to steal like installing paid apps free, or hacking apps to add a feature that the developer did not include on purpose, or by pass in-app purchases. And the only reason for not updating your phone's software (as a manufacturer) is 'failure' or 'limited resources' (that is if the phone is capable of carring the new update, just like nexus 4 is capable of handling android 6.0 marshmallow)

28. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry to break it to you but when someone got a clone iPhone and installed android on it and said to iphome uses this io9, it was wow that better

23. Defaramade

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Runzlord una don start again, what is your problem with Android gan???

24. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Guy relax first. Me no get problem with android, I get problem with the way people they make android feel superior over others because of something that is not exactly important.

25. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Guy relax first. Me no get problem with android, I get problem with the way people they make android feel superior over others because of something that is not exactly important.

2. CaptainXperia

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Dude...Lollipop was smoother and much more bug free than Nexus 5 on Lollipop...despite its aging hardware...

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's nothing smooth or bug free about Lollipop.

8. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Really? Then why is my CM12.1 smooth as butter and stable as a rock?

13. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Lollipop 5.1 is rather smooth on my 1st gen Moto X as well, and that was released almost three years ago.

16. TyrionLannister unregistered

CM 12.1 is smooth, but it drains battery like no tomorrow. Any software can get rid of lag with sacrificing battery.

22. EnigmaticPsychotic

Posts: 70; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

Because it's CyanogenMod not regular Android.

15. Cyberchum

Posts: 1024; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Currently on CM12.1 (Lollipop 5.1.1), no iOS version after 6 comes close in smoothness and stability. Lollipop had bugs quite alright, but then it's HAD not HAS.

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

IMA wait till Chroma or Euphoria ROM gets it... I wonder if the battery life will improve even tho it uses 5.1.1 blobs. It is a port too!

7. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

all this oem bloat is what is causing massive fragmentation. It is one thing if say a five year old phone cant run the latest version but it's another when a two year old or even one year old phone cant get the newest version. then again, if it aint broke dont fix it right? if it is running great on jellybean then why should it get marshmallow? thats what a lot of people will say.

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Ahhh. The beauty of iOS. Nice updates for older hardware.

14. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Now the next question: When will it get ported to the HTC HD2? It's more amazing how that phone keeps getting unofficial support, especially since it began its life as a Windows Phone 6.5 OS.

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

"Aging hardware"? It's still far better than any budget device like a Moto G or Galaxy Core Prime.

19. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

I'm sory,but Nexus 4 is perfectly capable of handling marshmallow. If Nexus 7(2013),then Nexus 4 can do it to!

20. .KRATOS.

Posts: 441; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I don't know why they left it behind, iphone still updates the 4s from 2012

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