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 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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