Samsung officially released the Android Marshmallow update to the Galaxy S6 series phones in select regions just a few days ago.
Galaxy S6 owners who are not satisfied with the official update and want to get more out of the device without the TouchWiz UI bloatware can try the CrissCross custom ROM. Team Android claims the new software is stable and brings a pre-root feature, a five-way reboot menu option, a call recorder and many more value-added features.
Prerequisites (things to remember before installing the custom ROM)"
- Make sure the device is rooted before going forward with custom ROM installation
- The new CrissCross Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM should be installed on the Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920K) model only. If tried on other devices, it might get brick them. [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
- Installation of custom ROM requires clearing memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
- Make sure to install USB drivers on the PC, or else your smartphone (Galaxy S6) will not be recognized by the computer.
- Make sure your device has more than 80% battery, or else there is a chance of the smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted midway.
[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. IBTimes India cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the smartphone is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]
Tutorial: Step-by-step installation procedure for CrissCross Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920K)-
Step 1: Download CrissCross Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM and Google Apps on to your PC.
[Note: downloadable file links are provided at the bottom]
Step 2: Connect Galaxy S6: SM-G920K to PC via USB cord.
Step 3: Place Android Marshmallow custom ROM zip file and the Google Apps .zip file into the phone's storage memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in the storage root folder, not in any other folder.]
[Note: Before users' begin installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery/TWRP tool.]
Step 4: Turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.
Step 5: Perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding 'Volume (Down)' and 'Power' buttons.
Step 6: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the phone memory, by selecting 'wipe data/factory reset'
[Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]
Step 7: Clear the cache memory by choosing 'wipe cache partition'
Step 8: Navigate back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]
Step 9: Return to the main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'
Step 10: Tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android M ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure to install Google Apps [Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options]
Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.
Now, your device (Galaxy S6: SM-G920K) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.
Users then head to 'Settings' >> select 'About phone' to confirm the installation of CrissCross Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM.
Galaxy S6 (SM-G920K) CrissCross Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow custom ROM: HERE
Google Apps: HERE
USB driver: HERE