Samsung has just identified its devices that shall receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the US and has also set a timeline for the likely roll-out of the latest Google mobile operating system on those gadgets.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow was officially released by Google last month but as expected, the new firmware update rolled out first to the Nexus devices. It is expected that after the Nexus devices, Motorola will follow suit followed by other handset makers.
Samsung is due to receive the updates on its devices beginning on the first quarter up to the second quarter of 2016. The coming of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update shall come to identified Samsung devices under the five US carriers including Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, US Cellular, and T-Mobile, notes the Gospel Herald.
It is expected that Samsung’s latest devices will get the firmware update in the first quarter of next year including the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
The Korean tech giant’s older devices that have been included in the roster will get the new mobile OS in the second quarter of 2016 and the list includes the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Tab S, the Galaxy S5, and the Galaxy S4.
Most of the older Samsung devices are still running the Android 5.0 Lollipop mobile OS released last year, but a good number of them has upgraded up to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop already.
The complete roster of devices
Meanwhile, the Android Pit has identified all Samsung devices that have been confirmed to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow other than those mentioned already.
The list actually includes the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, the Galaxy S5 neo, the Galaxy Note Edge, the Galaxy S6 Duos, the Galaxy Note 4 Duos, the Galaxy Alpha, and the Galaxy Tab A.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 was previously reported as unlikely to get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow considering that it is already more than two years old. But for some reason, Samsung still managed to include it in the list of its devices to get the latest mobile OS update.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 came out early in 2013 with the Android 4.4 KitKat onboard but when the Android 5.0 Lollipop was released in November last year, the Korean tech giant’s former flagship smartphone also got the official updates several months later or around early this year.
While Samsung did not release official updates of the Android 5.1 Lollipop to Samsung Galaxy S4, several custom ROMs were eventually released that put the firmware update on the device, the same way they did to its very popular predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3.
As custom ROM also enabled Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to make its way to the Samsung Galaxy S3, owners of the Galaxy S4 know that the same firmware update is applicable to their units as well.
One of the better flagship smartphones
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the better flagship smartphones of the Korean tech giant. In fact, it has raised the bar so high that when the Samsung Galaxy S5 came out last year with very little improvements from the Galaxy S4, it became Samsung’s biggest undoing.
Apart from losing its grip to the reputation as the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer to Apple last year, Samsung also experienced three successive quarters of falling revenues for the very first time.
As sort of a well-deserved tribute or courtesy to the Galaxy S4, Samsung has included it to the roster of devices to receive the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop in October in the US.