Since Google has recently unveiled that their latest software update Android M stands for Marshmallow, Android users can’t wait to get hold of the latest mobile operating system.
International Business Times reports that Samsung’s current flagship devices, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, will take the lead in receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade by early 2016.
The latest operating system upgrade for Android users was first disclosed, known initially as Android M, during the Google I/O event last May. What M stands for was a root of mystery with most people believing it was for M&M.
Venture Capital Post reports that tech giant Google has not yet released the official source code for the firmware. Considering the length of time that passed since the current Android update roll out, Samsung has advised its users that once they get hold of the source code for Android M, it approximately takes an average of three months before the latest software upgrade will be readily available for the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge devices.
Samsung high-end devices such as Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge are confirmed to also receive the Android M treatment. The Next Digit also notes that Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Duos, Galaxy Note 4 Duos, Galaxy ALPHA, and Galaxy S5 will likely receive an Android 6.0 Marshmallow along with the flagship device.
As for the Galaxy S6’s predecessor, the Galaxy S5, The Next Digit claims that it might not receive the Android M update right away but it might take a little longer for the device to roll out the update.
Gottabemobile reports that Google’s time frame for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is ranging from August to October this year. Speculations say that the forthcoming OS will be announced at the same time as the unveiling of the new Google LG Nexus 5 and Huawei Nexus, but Google says that they are aiming for an early release for Android M.
This seems to be a plausible idea as normally new operating system releases tend to encounter problems upon release. Releasing the Android M first before the company’s latest flagship phone buys them more time to fix bugs or improve some features if necessary.
Judging by the company’s progress with the upcoming software, it’s safe to assume that Android M is slated for an October release especially its third and final preview loaded on Nexus devices released just last August 17.
According to The Verge, Marshmallow will predominantly focus on phased improvements and other featured additions. It will include a redesigned but simpler permission model, a new power management scheme called Doze Google’s new Android Pay mobile wallet platform, USB-Type C support among other tweaks.
There still isn’t an official word when exactly in 2016 will the update be available for Samsung’s latest smartphones, but speculations say that the update will be rolled for the devices around the first quarter of the year. With all the new features and developments the latest OS has to offer, one thing’s for sure, Android M is definitely worth the wait.
Despite a seemingly long time to wait, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users still should not fret though as the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop over-the-air update has been rolled out for the flagship devices.
The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, released last April, jointly serve as successors to the Samsung Galaxy S5. Both handsets were launched with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop straight out of the box. The latest Lollipop software upgrade was also made available to the Galaxy Note 4. The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update comes with bug fixes and better security features.
Softpedia reports that the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update brings in some new improvements, tweaks, and features that should appeal to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners.