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Samsung Galaxy S5 Gets the Marshmallow Ahead of Time

Ever since the Android 6.0 Marshmallow was first launched in October, everyone is eagerly waiting for their smartphones to get the software update. The flagship devices of every major manufacturer are the first ones to get the updated operating system, but rolling the update out usually takes quite a long time.The Samsung Galaxy S5 is not the current flagship of the Korean company, in fact, this year this particular model will be two years old, which is quite old in the smartphone industry, so it is one of the devices that was scheduled to get the software update later than the S6 family, sometime in February. Thanks to Cyanogenmod, Galaxy S5 users might get the update sooner than they thought.

CyanogenMod is an open-source operating system that is based on Android and the CM13 is the so-called equivalent of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Of course, this is not stock Android, but then again, neither is the version of the software rolled out by smartphone manufacturers. All the versions of the software rolled out by OEMs is based on the stock version developed by Google, but is not the pure version of the operating system. The CM13 is the next best thing and it is available for Samsung Galaxy S5 users who own the G900F LTE version of the smartphone.

Before installing the update, users should make sure that they have the right version of the smartphone and make a backup of their apps, contacts and so on because these could be lost when installing the CM13. Installing USB for the device and enabling USB debugging mode from the developer menu is also important in order to install the update correctly. Recovery tools like TWRP or CWM are also a must have on the smartphones CM13 Nightly ROM is going to be installed to. The software update delivered by CyanogenMode is quite large, so users should make sure that they have at least 70% left of their battery and, at least, 286MB to download the software.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy S5, version G900F, and you don’t want to wait for the software update to be rolled out by Samsung, you could go ahead and download and install the CM13 Nightly ROM, which is based on the same software and thus will deliver the same features to your smartphone. You can download the software update from CyanogenMod’s website and enjoy the experience ahead of other Galaxy S5 users, who will only get the new version of the operating system in February.

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About Calin Andreescu

I have always been eager to try out any gadget I could get my hands on. I became a tech journalist so that I could always be around technology and see the newest devices. I use gadgets every day to make my work and life easier. I have enough experience to know If a device is actually improving my activity, offers something useful or new. I will post my honest opinions and judge a device as objectively as I can.

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