Google and other manufactures are telling us that Android 6.0 Marshmallow runs only on latest devices which have good specs, letting us know that the old one don’t have enough RAM or the processor can’t handle Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But it the other side there are numerous developers around the Android community that have proven that Android Marshmallow can run in older phones.
After a succesful work with Android Lollipop ROMs, developers and moders have started to create Custom ROMs based on Marshmallow. Their work is focused more in latest devices because there are a huge number of users, but there are also other developers who create ROMs for older devices as well. When I say an older device I don’t mean a 2 years old device. I don’t consider it an older device. I mean devices at least 4 years old or more.
Even though these devices may not have the specs you want and they are currently running Android Eclair or if you are lucky even Android Gingerbread, developers have proved that they can support the latest version of Android. We have found some really old device which have proven to support Android 6.0 Marshmallow. So if you have one of this devices than you would like to test Marshmallow on it even just for fun.
6 years old phone running Marshmallow, a device from 2009
A really old device from 2009, the HTC HD2 just got a glimpse of Android Marshmallow thanks to a developer at the XDA community named as macs18max. HTC HD2 has only 512 MB RAM, a single core 1 GHz processor and 4.3 inch screen with a resolution 480×800 pixel.
In Android nothing is impossible, when there is a will there is a way. So thanks to a port of CM 13 this old device has the chance to test Android 6.0 Marshmallow. If you have this old phone hidden somewhere on your place it’s time to take it and start doing some “dirty works”. To learn how to install Android Marshmallow on HTC HD2 visit the official thread.
2010 Phones Running Marshmallow
5 years are too much for a smartphone. People tend to have always the latest devices but still there are plenty of other people who like to experience and test new features on this devices. Nexus S, a phone released in early 2010 has been gifted by a developer named Dmitry Grinberg with a Marshmallow Custom ROM. This phone has been updated before to newer Android version but the latest update it receive was Android 4.1.1 Jelly Been. Since then this device has been left in the dark and no other update was seen .
However developers still like this devices and they support them by creating Custom ROMs and various mods. We can’t expect from manufacture to support this devices any more because a lot of new devices are in the market nowadays.
If you do not remember, Nexus S is powered by 1 GHz single-core processor and 512 MB of RAM as well as a 4 inch display with a resolution of 480×800 pixels.
Samsung Galaxy S
The Samsung Galaxy S if the first device of the S line which now boasts at the Galaxy S6 Edge. This device is also announced in 2010. It has also received a gift from the same developer who created a Marshmallow ROM for the HTC HD2. It looks like this developer like to mess up with older devices.
This proves once again that not matter how old an Android device is, it still can get the latest updates as long as anyone cares enough to create stuff for them. It’s not about how old a device is but it’s about people who don’t use this devices anymore.
So if your beloved phone is somewhere on your stuffed things, take it and head over at the XDA community and see if anyone cares anymore about it. I am pretty sure that you are going to find good stuff there. If you can’t find a Marshmallow ROM probably you will find a Lollipop ROM or something else newer that the current version that your phone is running.
This old phone you have put it somewhere on your place might be once again your beloved device like it was when you bought it the first time. What do you think about the old devices running newer Android updates? Do you have something to share with us? Feel free to do it in the comment section below.