A couple of weeks back Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as has been the case in the past, it doesn’t support devices that are over two years old. Nexus 4 is one of those devices, and even though it’s a pretty robust smartphone with good specifications, unfortunately it won’t officially receive an Android 6.0 update. That doesn’t mean the Android developer community is going to sit still, a developer has already released a Nexus 4 Marshmallow ROM.
Google only supported the Nexus 4 up till Android 5.1 Lollipop, that’s the last publicly released iteration of Android for this smartphone. It won’t receive any updates after that even though the technical specifications are good enough to support Marshmallow.
It’s a tried and tested way to bring newer updates to older devices through third-party ROMs even when OEMs and Google give up on supporting said handsets, it’s safe to say that this certainly won’t be the first Nexus 4 Marshmallow ROM.
Developer Dmitry Grinberg has created this ROM for the Nexus 4 and has made it available to the public through his website, his build even provides LTE capability, a feature that’s present on the Nexus 4 but previously required software tricks to be activated.
Keep in mind though that this ROM doesn’t get any official support from Google, and since it’s a work in progress there might be a few bugs and issues that might be ironed out in future releases. However it’s the best possible solution for those who want a taste of Marshmallow without having to purchase a new smartphone.