Google Nexus 4 Kept Alive Thanks To Unofficial Marshmallow Update

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The Nexus 4 is a really old smartphone today and this explains why it is not getting any more official firmware updates from Google. For the Nexus 4 users, it might sound upsetting because they believe that the device is still good enough to operate on the Marshmallow system.

Well, since the Nexus 4 is now commonly used as an experimental smartphone or a spare device, there is actually a way to try out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow on it.

XDA’s Adrian Holmes had just released a custom ROM for the Nexus 4 and it contains the Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware. The firmware is in its stable build and it is pretty simple to install on your Nexus 4. All you have to do is perform a backup of your device, root it, download the ROM at XDA, download Google Apps Package and follow the steps below:

1. Transfer the TWRP file to the device and update/install it
2. Turn off device and enter Recovery Mode by pressing Volume Up, Volume Down and Power
3. When TWP UI populates the screen, choose Wipe>Factory Reset
4. Transfer the downloaded ROM together with GApps into the device and reboot
5. The Nexus 5 will take a long while to restart but once booted, it will run on Marshmallow!