The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is about to officially roll out to the latest Samsung devices including the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Galaxy S6 Edge+, the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy J7 and the Galaxy J5, which were all launched last year.
The devices of the Korean tech giant that were launched before 2015, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, will be receiving their official Marshmallow update later, which according to previous reports, will happen in February.
Samsung has yet to roll out a Galaxy S5 Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta but the update is already confirmed. UK-based telecom carrier in the US confirmed the Galaxy S5 Marshmallow release but it said that the update is currently in the manufacturer development phase.
What T-Mobile meant by it is that the update has yet to go through them or other telecom carriers for that matter before testing is done prior to its eventual public release, details Gotta Be Mobile.
A good sign
The fact that T-Mobile is planning to release an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy S5 is a good sign for other Galaxy S5 users in the US and around the world.
Most carriers have been silent about their plans but there’s a good chance that the Galaxy S5 all over the world will get the sweet cottony taste of the Marshmallow.
As early as October last year, or about a month before the official release of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, there have been reports that development has already begun on the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Neo, and the Galaxy S5 LTE-A Marshmallow updates around the world including the US.
Although the most maligned flagship smartphone in the Samsung roster, the Samsung Galaxy S5 still came out consistent with the lineup of putting a good stand against the iPhone lines of Apple.
It features a faster chipset, a bigger screen, a couple of exciting new sensors including a heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner, and a vastly improved camera on top, details GSM Arena.
In terms of design, the Galaxy S5 has been treated to a new sort of finish, better than the widely-praised Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It also features 4K video recording and bigger battery life and the list of its topnotch features goes on and on.
Of course, everyone knows that its downside was the fact that despite a lot of great features, it actually offered minimal upgrades from its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4, which made it the subject of scrutiny and ridicule. It was also the same flagship that caused the Korean tech giant three successive quarters of falling revenues back in 2014.
Beating the official update to the draw
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to officially receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in February this year, one month after Samsung’s latest devices get it.
However, since there are already millions of Galaxy S5 users waiting for the update on their handsets, aggressive developer CyanogenMod has released an Android 6.0 Marshmallow based on its CM13 Nightly ROMs.
The update is now available for the G900F LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S5. It is important for users to ensure that their Galaxy S5 units have the same version before they take on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based CM13 Nightly ROM because if not, there is a risk of having their handsets being bricked if they take on the update just like that.
Galaxy S5 users should also bear in mind that they might lose all their existing installed apps and personal settings on the device. So it is important for them to follow the installation guide and create a backup.
As part of the prerequisites to updating the G900F LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 to Android 6.0 Marshmallow using CM 13 Nightly ROM, users should download and install USB drivers for the device.