Nexus 4 owners were probably disappointed to discover that their smartphone is missing out on Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates from Google this week. However, the custom ROM community has stepped up once again and already has a working version of Marshmallow for Mako, with more options on the way too.
Dmitry Grinberg appears to be the first with a working AOSP ROM uploaded on his site, complete with instructions on how to put together a build yourself, should you so wish. There are also some installation instructions for the files down in the comments section of the page, which are certainly worth a read if you are new to this type of thing.
Google Plus user Aldrin Holmes also looks to have his own Marshmallow ROM for the Nexus 4 very nearly ready for release. At last check in the ROM is around 80 percent done, with a zip file on the way shortly. Although there is no confirmed ETA.
Of course, you will need to find your own copy of GAPPS if you want the full Android experience, which includes the essential Google services such as the Play Store. After a little searching around, early testers don’t appear to be having consistent success with various files floating around online right now, so it might be worth waiting for a confirmed solution to appear before diving into Marshmallow on the Nexus 4.
A tour of Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Although Google may not be supporting Marshmallow on the Nexus 4, there is a good chance that the development community will have users covered with a stable alternative very soon.