The holiday season might be a time of magic and miracles, but not even Santa Claus can bring you an official OTA Android 6.0 update for the archaic Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s simply not worth the effort, given many power users are already on a third sequel, waiting for the fourth to drop in just a couple of months.
People who aren’t ready to completely give up on the 2012 4.8-incher launched with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-loaded, and don’t mind buggy, experimental software builds can however try out CyanogenMod 13, the most popular community-sourced take on Marshmallow.
The GS3 got its first CM13 nightly last Thursday, and as of the time of this writing, you have five different M-flavored zip files you can download and install, each tipping the scales at roughly 260MB. Keep in mind they’ll all come with problems, system instabilities and outright broken features, and if you want Google Apps and Services, you’ll need to separately patch those over the custom ROM.
A trio of LG devices, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Moto X 2014, Nexus 7, and OnePlus One got the CyanogenMod 13 nightly ball rolling nearly a month back, followed shortly by the LG G2, Nexus 5X, and Huawei Nexus 6P.
The roster of supporting gadgets steadily grew these past few weeks, and alongside the GS3, the LG G3 S/G3 Beat, G2 Mini, Optimus L70, and Optimus L90 also got their invites to the unofficial Android Marshmallow program ahead or during the weekend.
Like Samsung’s veteran, those LG phones are either too old or low-end (or both) to dream of ever receiving fresh software makeovers from their manufacturers. You gotta love independent developers.