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Best custom ROM for Google Nexus 6

Motorola has done pretty well with their devices last year and this year they are back again with lots of devices at different price range. The most looked after phones are Motorola X Play and Motorola X Style. Motorola launched its Google Nexus 6 in October 2014, following the success of its predecessors: the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. Even after one year, it is a powerful device loaded with features to amaze you. Motorola Nexus 6 was launched with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but later company released the Android 5.1 Lollipop update and few week ago it was finally updated to latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Nexus 6 delivered premium Android experience, with its Quad Core Snapdragon 805 Processor and Adreno 420 GPU. Besides that, it featured a marvelous 5.96 inch AMOLED touchscreen with Ultra HD resolution of 1440P. Camera performance was also applauded by users and it was a total package. You can grab this amazing phone starting from $499.99 or just $27.78/month (for 18 months) with a Motorola Credit Account.

Best Custom ROM for Google Nexus 6

 

Motorola Google Nexus 6 Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Amazing performance
  • Good display screen
  • Good battery life
  • Stock Android 5.0 Lollipop is available

Cons:

  • Doesn’t support LTE on Indian bands
  • A bit bulky and heavy

After the release of many Android phones in the stock market, many developers have started developing its custom ROMs to make the phone more customized as compared to stock ROM pre-installed in the phone. Thus, we provide this list of some of the best custom ROMs available for Nexus 6 to give the phone a new life.

With the release of devices running on the latest 6.0 Android version, many developers at XDA are motivated to provide the best custom ROMs for Motorola Google Nexus 6. It is currently updated in Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9. The users who haven’t yet received the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update of the above Nexus devices can flash it by using the factory image files or via OTA using the ADB sideload method. The Nexus owners should check on the tutorial provided here.

WARNING: – Installing custom ROMs or rooting your phone may void the warranty of the device. Therefore, you are responsible for any damage caused to the phone or its components. It is suggested that you backup all your important data such as apps, contacts, messages, media files and important files. A reader’s prudence is advised.

Before installing a custom ROM, you are required to unlock bootloader and install a custom recovery like TWRP or CWM. Bootloader can be easily unlocked by entering the fastboot oem unlock command while your device is in Fastboot/Bootloader Mode.

Best custom ROM for Google Nexus 6 [Motorola]

Pure Nexus Project ROM (Android v6.0 Lollipop)

Pure nexus ROM is one of the best ROM available for Nexus 6. It is based on AOSP Android v6.0 and gives the best performance and improved stability with minimum bugs. It is pre-rooted and comes with many custom setting like notification LED control, Wi-Fi calling, enabled option to use multi-window mode, advanced rotation settings and many more. This ROM aims in providing best features and stability to your Nexus device while keeping a check on Google’s vision.

Features of Pure Nexus Project for Nexus 6:

  • Wi-Fi calling features
  • Busybox
  • Fully working VoLTE
  • Pre-rooted
  • USB OTG support
  • UI Improvements
  • Bugs are fixed
  • Media volume is increased
  • Screen pinning is enhanced
  • In call vibration
  • Animation control
  • Notification Drawer
  • Many more.

Bugs

Procedure to install Pure Nexus ROM in your Nexus 6:

Step 1. Download and copy Pure nexus ROM file in micro SD card

Step 2. Boot to custom recovery by pressing and holding Power + Volume Up + Home buttons together for a few seconds.

Step 3. Select Wipe Cache and install pure nexus ROM zip file from SD-card

Step 4. After the installation is completed, reboot the phone.

Step 5. It will take 15-20 minutes in the booting process.

Pure Nexus ROM for Nexus 6 (Android v6.0 Lollipop)

Cataclysm for Nexus 6

The Cataclysm ROM includes the improved and perfected features to suit your Nexus 6, which is based on AOSP Android v6.0 Marshmallow. It is bug free and hassle-free which ensures that you can install it and forget it without having much to worry about. It aims at establishing quality and stability. The developed firmware in it brings forward many innovative stabilities. Cataclysm supports Project-Fi/VoLTE/Android Pay (if unrooted). It features Volume rocker wake, supports both LTE and 3G, custom lock screen wallpaper, lock screen rotation and allowing 1800 rotation. Cataclysm is 100% stock themed and the extra features are disabled by default.

Features of Cataclysm for Nexus 6:

  • Brightness control
  • Volume control
  • Battery saver schedule
  • AppsOps
  • Expand all notifications
  • Smart Radio
  • Disable ADB notification
  • Many more.

Bugs:

Procedure to install Cataclysm for Nexus 6:

Step 1. Download and copy the cataclysm zip file on your SD card.

Step 2. Boot to custom recovery by pressing and holding Power + Volume Up + Home buttons together for a few seconds.

Step 3. Perform a Wipe Cache or Factory Reset and install pure nexus ROM zip file from SD-card

Step 4. After the installation is completed, reboot the phone.

Step 5. It will take 15-20 minutes in the booting process.

 Cataclysm ROM for Nexus 6 (Android v6.0 Marshmallow)

Cyanide L ROM

The Cyanide L ROM is based on CM, Slim, Omni and AOPS v5.1.1 Lollipop. This ROM is packed with fully-loaded features. It is bug-free which ensures that there will be no issues after the installation of this ROM. It changes your Nexus 6 device into a powerful beast with many customizations to upgrade your device. It is a bloat-free ROM.

Features:

  • AdBlocker
  • Gesture Lock screen
  • Privacy Guard
  • Heads Up Customizations and Timeout
  • Battery saver notifications
  • Cyanide L Pitch Black Theme
  • AudioFX
  • Many more.

Bugs:

                                                Cyanide L ROM for Nexus 6 (Android v5.1.1 Lollipop)

 

XtraSmooth ROM (Android v6.0 Marshmallow) for Nexus 6

XtraSmooth ROM is based on Android v6.0 Marshmallow which is one of the best custom ROMs for our Nexus 6 devices. It is odex ROM and has no forced encryption. It is a bloat free ROM which gives high speed performance, stability to the device and consumes less battery. This ROM offers a stock based on an official based factory.img, where all optimizations are made possible without affecting the originality of the ROM.

Features:

  • Busybox
  • It is fully odex
  • Full Multi ROM Support
  • RAM usage is improved and reduced running services
  • Pre-Rooted
  • No ads
  • Unlocked Android M Multi-Window

Bugs:

  • No bugs found

Installation Procedure:

  • Download and copy XtraSmooth ROM file in micro SD card
  • Boot to custom recovery by pressing Power + Volume Up + Home buttons altogether.
  • Select Wipe Cache and install XtraSmooth ROM zip file from SD-card
  • After installation is completed, reboot the phone.
  • It will take 15-20 minutes in the booting process.

                                                XtraSmooth ROM (Android v6.0 Marshmallow)

Roasted Marshmallow v1.0

Roasted Marshmallow ROM is based on stock MRA58K factory image Android v5.1.1 Lollipop. It has ROM kernel of Linux 3.1. You can save battery as the battery consumption is less and this Rom is bloat-free. It provides the device powerful performance at less battery consumption which is a great feature.

Features:

  • 100% odexed
  • Busybox for Android Marshmallow
  • USB Debugging icon is hidden
  • Unlocked Multi-Window
  • No boot nagging messages
  • A lot of system apps can be removed form Play Store
  • ADB is enabled
  • Many more.

 

Bugs:

  • No bugs.

Installation procedure:

Step 1. Download and copy the Roasted Marshmallow ROM file in the microSD card.

Step 2. Make a Nandroid backup to backup all your important data and files stored in your Nexus 6 device.

Step 3. Make sure that you have the latest Marshmallow radio and bootloader.

Step 4. Boot into custom Recovery by pressing and holding Power + Volume Up + Home buttons at the same time.

Step 5. Select Wipe Cache and install Roasted Marshmallow ROM zip file from the SD card.

Step 4. Flash the ROM.

Step 5. Flash SuperSU v2.50.

Step 6. After the installation is completed, reboot to system.

Roasted marshmallow v1.0 (Android v5.1.1 Lollipop)

Chroma

Chroma is a light-weight AOSP ROM aimed at high performance and providing stability to Nexus 6. It is based on the latest Android v6.0 Marshmallow. It keeps a close check on Google’s stock Marshmallow and offers up-to-date features along with high security. It helps in the conserving battery without taking the help of a third-party app.

Features:

  • Modified version of hellsgod’s HellsCore kernel
  • Support for layers
  • LED notifications
  • Status bar customizations
  • Navigation bar customizations
  • Lock screen customization
  • Power menu customization
  • Volume customizations
  • Many more.

 

Bugs:

 

Installation procedure:

Step 1. Unlock bootloader.

Step 2. Download the latest TWRP Recovery.

Step 3. Download ROM and Gapps and transfer both to the phone’s internal storage.

Step 4. Boot into TWRP Recovery.

Step 5. Perform a Factory Reset or Wipe Cache in Advanced Wipe.

Step 6. For clean installation, flash ROM and Gapps

(Dirty installation: no need to perform wipe).

Step 7. Reboot to system

Chroma ROM (Android v6.0 Marshmallow)

Lite ROM

It is based on the firmware of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is solely based on the factory image and stock kernel. This ROM gives the phones smooth and great battery performance. It is also a bloat free ROM.

Features:

  • Odexed
  • Stock kernel
  • Forced encryption is disabled
  • Busybox
  • AOSP Gallery
  • All optional Google apps can be removed
  • USB Debugging notification is disabled
  • Many more.

Bugs:

Installation Process:

Step 1. Download and copy Lite ROM file in micro SD card

Step 2. Boot to custom recovery by pressing Power + Volume Up + Home buttons together.

Step 3. Perform full Wipe (System, Data, Cache, and Dalvik) and install Lite ROM zip file from SD card.

Step 4. Flash ROM

Step 5. After installation, reboot the phone.

(Note: Do not hit YES to install SuperSU in TWRP when asked).

                                                            Lite ROM (Android v6.0 Marshmallow)

Omni ROM

It is based on AOSP Android v5.1.1 Nightlies and is being tested on v6.0 Marshmallow. It has ROM kernel of Linux 3.10. OmniROM is a new custom ROM, whose main focus is to provide rich features and flexible implementation of Android. Its main aim is to be community-driven and supports only TWRP Recovery.

Features:

  • Improved Active Display
  • Advanced audio settings
  • Non-intrusive call notifications
  • Status bar customization
  • Notification drawer customization
  • Customize Your Launcher
  • Use Voice Controls
  • Download Google apps from Play Store
  • Many more.

Bugs:

How to install:

  • Download and copy OmniROM file in micro SD card
  • Boot to custom recovery by pressing and holding Power + Volume Up + Home buttons at the same time.
  • Perform Wipe Cache and install Desolation ROM zip file from SD-card
  • After the installation is finished, reboot the phone.
  • It will take 15-20 minutes in the booting process.

                                                            OmniROM (Android v6.0 Marshmallow)

 

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