A new custom firmware, VaderROM, has been released for Samsung's current flagship, Galaxy S6.

VaderROM is developed by the XDA Developer Forum members- ambasadii, _alexndr, JustArchi, Chainfire, wanam, amarullz, edgarf28, g.lewarne, ktoonsez, iB4STiD, TeamWin and gharrington. It is based in Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and comes with numerous personalisation options and performance enhancing tweaks to improve user experience.

Things to remember before installing custom ROM

  1. Make sure the device is rooted before going forward with custom ROM installation.
  2. The new VaderROM Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM should be installed on the Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F) model only, if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number].
  3. Installation of custom ROM requires clearing memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back up data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP.
  4. Install USB drivers in the PC, or else your smartphone (Galaxy S6) will not be recognised by the computer.
  5. Make sure your device has more than 80 percent 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 Indiacannot 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 VaderROM Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F)-

Step 1: Download VaderROM Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM (HERE) and Google Apps (HERE) in your PC.

Step 2: Connect Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920I) to PC via USB cord.

[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software, if not, click HERE to download the firmware]

Step 3: Place Android v5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM zip file and Google Apps.zip file in the phone's SD card. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

[Note: Before installing the custom software, make sure that the device is rooted and has 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 (up)', 'Home' 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: Go back to ClockworkMod recovery, select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that the user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

Step 9: Come back to main recovery screen and tap 'install zip from SD card'

Step 10: Tap 'choose zip from sdcard'. Go to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure for Google Apps installation [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 (Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920F) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

Users then head to Settings >> select About phone to confirm the installation of VaderROM Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom ROM custom ROM.

[Credits: XDA Developer Forum, Team Android]