Galaxy S2 gets a Marshmallow treat for its fifth birthday

by: Bogdan PetrovanFebruary 5, 2016

It was 2011, and Samsung was taking over the world.

Once upon a time, when phones with 5-inch screens were huge, when dual-core processors were the bomb, the Galaxy S2 showed the world that Samsung was serious about this whole smartphone thing.

Released in February 2011, the Galaxy S2 was Samsung’s first real sales hit. It was one of the most iconic designs that Samsung ever put out, but the steady pace of tech evolution relegated it to the dustbin of the mobile industry.

Fortunately for the precious few users that still rock a Galaxy S2, the folks in the CyanogenMod community are not in the habit of giving up on capable phones, no matter how old and out of fashion they are.

CyanogenMod 13 nightlies are now available for download for the international Samsung Galaxy S2 (i9100), bringing users the option to try out Marshmallow on their venerable device.

How is it the five-year-old Galaxy S2 able to run Marshmallow, you ask? It’s thanks to its 1GB of RAM and dual-core processor, but of course don’t expect the smooth experience you would get from a modern device. Nightlies, by their nature, can contain bugs and inconsistencies, so be advised that putting Marshmallow-based CM13 on your Galaxy S2 may result in some issues.

CyanogenMod 13 offers a slew of customizations options and feature additions, on top of a very stock-like user experience. The custom ROM is perfect for stock Android fans that are looking for a little more power and variety. Among the biggest features are a powerful custom launcher, a customizable lock screen, extensive themes support, and a slew of personalization options.

Android 6.0 marshmallow logo DSC_0126See also: Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates roundup – February 2, 2016157

CyanogenMod 13 nightlies were first released on November 25, a little over a month from the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Anyone here still hanging on to their trusty Galaxy S2?

  • Abd

    My first phone after Nokia was the GS2. They all still work. Its my eyes that’s starting to sutter

  • Justice Anthony

    amazing news. I don’t have the GS2 anymore, but I wish all those who’ve got it well. But I tell you one thing… this is the device that got me into smartphones altogether

  • Bernhard Lill

    I still have two S2s. I love that phone. One’s running on CyanogenMod 12.1, the other on SlimKat (Android 4.4.4). I use them for Mobile Journalism and – despite the dual core – they are still doing a great job: filming, taking pictures, doing audio recording, etc. Thanks to all the devs working on alternative OSs like CyanogenMod. Keep up your good work.

  • Vineeth S

    I still have one. And that is my ‘go to’ device when I run out of juice on my primary devices and I am traveling, but mostly it stays powered off in the bag though. It runs CM11.

  • tushar

    i have one S2 will download :)

  • Enrique

    I had one S2, great device, was running CM11 when I sold it. For some reason, I don’t like the S3 and later models, but the S2 was my favorite. =)

  • osa219

    if “CyanogenMod community” still look at this old devices why they dont make stable 6.0 for s4!

    • Android Developer

      Some devices are more problematic than others.
      Also, I think there will be for S4. I have S4… :)

    • Daggett Beaver

      The CyanogenMod community doesn’t make a stable anything for any phone, in my experience.

      • SkittleS

        Ahahaha so true.

  • Gabriel Baribeau

    OH WOW! So they are able to port marshmallow officially on the old galaxy s2 but they can’t do it for the oneplus 2? LOOOOL! My LG G3 with cm 13 beats my op2 with oxygen os 2.2.0, wich is not smooth!

  • Michael Bearsby-Cook

    Bought my S2 when it first came out & it does exactly what it said on the tin, wouldn’t dream of changing it until it breaks down, all I’ve ever done is upgraded it via jellybean. Years ahead of it’s time.

  • Burrut Ayush

    still have one going strong !!!