Android Marshmallow has now been out for a month though officially it is only available for a handful of devices, there have been a lot of development by developers at Xda-developers website. Here’s another device to receive Android Marshmallow by the efforts of Xda devs.

Android M brings many performance-based optimizations over previous Android version. You would get smoother experience using Android M. Also battery optimizations are pretty good with the newer version of Android, Doze mode lets you have much longer standby time. App permissions and Google Now on Tap and few minor UI tweaks are other features introduced in the Android M update.

Galaxy Tab S was released last year with great specs and Android Kitkat 4.4.2, since then it has received the official update to lollipop 5.0.2 by Samsung but hasn’t been updated to Android Lollipop 5.1.1. But thanks to Xda senior member Schischu, you can now taste some Marshmallows on your tablet. The dev has been able to port AOSP-based ROM which is based on Android 6.0..0_r1. Those of you who are unaware of the term AOSP, it stands for Android Open Source Project, the sources for this ROM are directly released by Google and you get the same experience while using the AOSP ROM as you would get on a Nexus device. So, no worries about the ton of bloatware that Samsung lays on your device with Touchwiz UI, you get pure vanilla Android experience while using any AOSP based Rom.

Things You Will Need

Issues

The development of this ROM is still in early stages and is definitely not meant for daily usage. The following things do not work as of now but should be fixed with future updates.

  • Modem Data / Phone
  • Camera
  • SDCard not shown using USB MTP

Only proceed with the steps given below if you could bare with the issues mentioned above or you just want to experiment how Marshmallow feels on your device.

Steps To Follow

  1. Download all the files linked above and copy them to your device.
  2. Reboot into recovery. Go into wipe menu. Select “Advanced Wipe”. Check
    • Dalvik Cache
    • System
    • Cache
    • Data

    and wipe them. Don’t reboot just yet.

  3. Go into install zip option in the recovery.
  4. Browse for the downloaded ROM and flash aosp-XXX.zip
  5. Similarly, flash Gapps.zip after the ROM installation completes.
  6. Then flash SuperSU.zip that you downloaded to have root access on your tablet.
  7. Reboot your tablet.
  8. Copy SuperSu and Gapps zip to ‘/sdcard/OpenDelta/FlashAfterUpdate’ so that they are automatically applied after OTA update.

The ROM has OTA support with delta updates, so you do not need to download and flash the entire ROM each time an update comes out.

ScreenShots

Enjoy the latest version of Android on your Galaxy Tab S. Do tell us how is the Marshmallow experience for you on Galaxy Tab S. Also let us know any queries you might have with the installation procedure in the comments section below.

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