See the Nokia Lumia 525 run Android 6.0 Marshmallow

The Nokia Lumia 525 is a humble 4-inch smartphone with unimpressive specs that launched back in 2014, and nobody would have guessed that two years later, despite not even being officially updated to Windows 10 Mobile, it would be able run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Yup, that's right, a clever “hacker” has managed to run a build of CyanogenMod 13 on the aging Lumia 525, and it looks surprisingly smooth judging by the proof-of-concept video.

This is not the first time we are seeing a project to port Android to a Lumia device, but this is the first one that may come to fruition. The developer of the project, Triszka Balázs, has said that if everything goes well, the source code may be publicly released next weekend. Unfortunately for modding enthusiasts, he has since chimed in over at the XDA Developers forums to say that his “Lumia 525's eMMC died”, which will definitely delay the release.

The CyanogenMod ROM currently works only on the Lumia 525, but the developer is planning to port it to the Lumia 520 as well. Don't get your hopes up for a fully working Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Lumia 950, as the exploit needed to run the custom ROM is currently applicable only on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 devices. The developer says it's possible to run it on other devices, but clarifies that that would indeed require a lot of work to make it happen.

Still, what Balázs has achieved, even as simply a proof-of-concept, is amazing! Keep in mind however, that several key features are currently not supported by this custom ROM, including Wi-Fi and Modem, and the screen is in need of some of calibration for more accurate touch input. With that said, here is the Android-loaded Lumia 525 in action, followed by the obligatory AnTuTu test:

source: XDA Forums



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Don't think this is what WP fan wants. But good effort for the modder.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

antutu score 14k? burn it, and buy any low-end android..

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Running android? Burn it and buy any post 4S iPhone

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Well.... that made no sense, but you got the iPhone mentioned. GOOD FOR YOU!!!

10. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Micro Transaction

4. johnnyboy

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 16, 2016

Let me reiterate: "Anyone who owns a Windows phone is an idiot. A very dumb one." Same applies to anyone with an Android phone!

7. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Johnyboy - FAIL

12. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Yep, agree, only BlackBerry is superior and have better IQ's overall.

14. Riderocket

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Seriously? LMAO.. I don't think stupidity comes from someones opinions of what phone OS you prefer.

5. ManoharManohar

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 15, 2016

Guys... Hate is hate.... Love is love.... Let's appropriate and encourage Triszka Balázs, the developer! Thumbs up f9r the work!!!!!

6. libra89

Posts: 2312; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Very interesting.

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