Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S3, and Google Nexus 7 can now be upgraded to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, though it will entail the use of an unofficial firmware, particularly custom ROMs.
According to Team Android, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 users can update their phablet’s firmware via ResurrectionRemix ROM. Particularly, this custom ROM is compatible to Note 4 LTE units in Europe bearing the model number N910F. The post noted that the ResurrectionRemix ROM based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update contains features such as Dark Material Theme, lockscreen shortcuts, ClockColor choices, quick unlock functionality, and other CyanogenMod13 features.
At launch, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 arrived with Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS, according to the phablet’s specs list on GSM Arena. Currently, it can only be updated to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. However, adventurous Android users can opt to use the ResurrectionRemix ROM if they want to try out the Marshmallow update.
Meanwhile, owners of Samsung’s 2012 flagship device, the Galaxy S3, can also utilize an available custom Android ROM to update their smartphones with Marshmallow firmware. Considered as “one of the best custom firmwares, according to a separate report from Team Android, AICP ROM based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update “provides a vanilla AOSP interface and includes a lot of tweaks and enhancements” to ensure stable performance.
Samsung Galaxy S3 hit the shelves on May, 2012, with Android v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich as its original firmware. Officially, the smartphone can only be updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Samsung Galaxy S3 is equipped with a 4.8-inch screen with Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Under the hood, this 2012 flagship device is packed with the Exynos 4412 Quad chipset, GSM Arena noted.
For Nexus 7 (2013) tablet owners, although an official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is already available, they can still opt to use a personalized firmware, one of which is called BlissROM, Team Android also reported. The post further noted that users can personalize almost every aspects of the UI, from the mobile slate’s navigation bar to its animations.
Gotta Be Mobile noted that the official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow started rolling out for Nexus 7 in October of last year, and while it provided new features, improvements, and bug fixes, the update also brought in some issues.
Those interested to install Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update on Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S3 or on Nexus 7 via a custom ROM should be aware that there are requirements to satisfy first before proceeding to the actual installation. For instance, users need to make sure that their mobile device has at least 80 percent battery power. Any power interruption issues that could take place during the firmware upgrade using Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM can potentially damage the device.
Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S3, or the Nexus 7 needs to have proper backup before flashing the custom ROM compatible for the device. Using an unofficial firmware will most likely wipe out the smartphone’s or the Android tablet’s memory, thus, using a recovery tool is highly necessary. Custom ROM experts recommend the use of ClockWorkMod or TWRP when creating a backup and flashing the firmware to the device.
Android Marshmallow brings in several new features, such as the smarter and faster virtual assistant app called Now on Tap, as well as Doze, which “automatically puts it into a sleep state to increase your standby battery life,” according to official Android website.
Android for Work is another highlight supported by Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Google support page’s description for the feature reads as follows.
“Android for Work is an enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform that lets companies deliver a secure, productive, and rich mobile experience to their employees.”
For more of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow features, below is a YouTube video from CNET featuring its selection of top five new functionalities.
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