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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ironass, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    "The Samsung Galaxy S5 is scheduled to get Marshmallow eventually, but some models only received Android 5.1.1 in October, meaning most customers are in for quite the wait. Even when the changes do arrive, they may ultimately taste quite a bit like TouchWiz, and that's not a flavor everyone likes having on their tongue.

    Fortunately the good old standby option, flashing a custom ROM, is still around, reminding us of the perks of Android's open source foundation. CyanogenMod nightlies running Android 6.0 have made their way to the Galaxy S5, codenamed klte. The full download comes in at 286MB, not counting the GApps package you will probably want to grab as well.

    Now for the caveats. These are nightlies, so they may not provide the most stable experience. Whether that bothers you or not, you will need a GSM model to dive in right away. That said, this is not intended for AT&T carrier versions, nor is it going to work for Sprint (kltespr), Verizon (kltevzw), or US Cellular (klteusc) devices. Hopefully they will get the goods at some point, but considering only the Sprint model received CyanogenMod 12.1, maybe not.


    [ROM] CyanogenMod 13.0 | Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow | [12/27/2015]+Nightlies

    CyanogenMod website

    CyanogenMod Wikipedia


    Google apps (gapps)

    (N.B. This is for experienced and competent users and may not be suitable for everyday use. AT&T and Verizon users will not receive CM13, or any other custom ROM, as they have unrootable carrier firmwares.)

    I am surprised at how stable these CM13, Marshmallow, Android 6.0.1 nightly releases are. There are some very nice features in Android 6.0.1, not the least of which is the treatment of the external SD card as an extension of the phone's memory. As you can see from the screenshot below, it has the latest, 1 January 2016, security patch as well.


    ironass motto... "Flash in haste... repent at leisure!"

    #1 ironass, Jan 14, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2016

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  2. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    UPDATE on Android 6.0.1 MARSHMALLOW CM13

    The latest nightly releases for Marshmallow, Android 6.0.1, from CyanogenMod on CM13, have been very good and I have been using it as my daily ROM.

    There are still some issues that need to be addressed in the coming releases, such as...

    GPS on, "Device only", is not working but if you select , "High Accuracy", it gets to around 20-50ft of your position.

    Camera is OK but I prefer using either Snap Camera HDR or A Better Camera Unlocked from the Play Store.

    I have chosen not to format my extSDcard to act like the phone's internal storage, so that I can flit between CM13 and stock Samsung firmware. This means a few workarounds with things like Titanium Backup, for instance.

    I have also installed the latest beta test version of SuperSU 2.67 beta which works fine with Android 6.0.1 and also BusyBox PRO.

    The ROM is very, very, light and fast, running as it is, on pure AOSP, (Android Open Source Project), firmware and slim mini Google apps, (gapps), it cuts out all the Google, Samsung and carrier bloatware.

    Marshmallow CM13 download = 293.65MB
    Slim mini gapps, (optional), download = 212.80MB

    (N.B. As with all CM nightly ROMs, these are for experienced and competent, rooted, users and all threads mentioned, should be read, carefully and thoroughly, prior to flashing. Always take a nandroid backup of your current stock firmware before doing an FDR and installing via TWRP, custom recovery)
  3. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    The latest nightly build, 20160202, of Marshmallow, Android 6.0.1, comes with Google's recent Security patch, dated 1 February 2016, and released by Google yesterday.

    I have been using these Marshmallow, Android 6.0.1 builds, on and off, for around 2 months now and I have to say that this has been one of the best, if not the best, CyanogenMod launches, to-date. Battery life is very good on Marshmallow, thanks in part to the Doze feature that it incorporates.

    It will be interesting to see which of Google's Marshmallow stock features, Samsung decide to keep in their builds of Marshmallow, which should start rolling out in the next 8 weeks or so. I'm pretty certain that Doze will be one of them.


    (N.B. As with all CM nightly ROMs, these are for experienced and competent, rooted, users and all threads mentioned, should be read, carefully and thoroughly, prior to flashing. Always take a nandroid backup of your current stock firmware before doing an FDR and installing via TWRP, custom recovery)
  4. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    You keep making me jealous with your 'F' model and being able to get all the updates so fast.
    I will be old and retired yet again, before anything happens with our Verizon models.

    Still have two S5 phones, and also now using a Note 4 as my primary... really like it, better microphone and speaker functions. more sensitive mic and much louder speaker.

    Camera seems to be better also, but not a lot.
  5. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    Not my intention to make you, or indeed, any Verizon and AT&T users, jealous, since this release is for most models, except those two. Besides, this is just an AOSP build, based on the Google Nexus release. The Samsung S5 Marshmallow release won't be out for another couple of months or so. Carrier builds are at the discretion of the carrier.

    So says the only person to receive Happy Birthday cards from Methuselah

    Shame that you can't root because the Volume Boost Mod works really great on the S5 running Lollipop or Marshmallow. I have to turn my phone volume down.

    The stock camera in Marshmallow, CM13, is not bad but there are a couple of alternatives, as I mention in post #2, above.

    Don't worry old boy... by the time Verizon and AT&T have finished with Samsung's Marshmallow firmware, adding even more bloatware, subtracting features and locking it down... it will be the usual, "dogs breakfast", that will generate a swarm of posts! ;)
    #5 ironass, Feb 3, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016
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  6. jmm92108

    jmm92108 Well-Known Member

    I flashed it a few days ago on my T-Mobile S5 and it is running perfectly, I love it. Three days of very heavy use, I'm trying to find a bug or something wrong with it but I can't find anything. I'm running the latest tested release from Dec 27, not a nightly build. Free wifi tethering is awesome.
    And BTW I dumped Verizon and switched to T-Mobile because I read about Verizon locked bootloaders and other things making rooting difficult, so screw them. Took 15 minutes to root my phone.
  7. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    You don't have to buy a Verizon branded phone.

    Verizon has the best coverage, but there are other services using VZW's towers.
    Straight Talk being one.

    I have not felt the Urgent Need to root my phones.
    I just use Package Disabler and turn off apps that I don't want working.

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