Samsung’s flagship smartphone for 2015, the Galaxy S6, was launched in March this year along with the Galaxy S6 Edge. It eventually made it to the global retail markets the following month to warm and critical reception, making it two of the best flagship smartphones to come out of the market this year.
When the Korean tech giant’s flagship smartphones came out, they were already loaded with the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box. As Google continued to make firmware updates to its mobile operating system, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy S6 Edge were always in step with the updates.
So up until the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop that was the final release of Google before the expected roll out of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow by next week, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge were in step by taking on the regular firmware updates.
Six months after its formal release into the retail markets, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge will get its biggest update to date with the roll out of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow next week.
First to get a taste of the Marshmallow
While it will not immediately take on the Marshmallow update as the right belongs obviously to Google’s Nexus devices, but four of the current smartphones and phablets of Samsung are already confirmed to receive the latest mobile OS including the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Galaxy S6 Edge+, and the Galaxy Note 5.
Tech Times reports that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Samsung’s current flagship smartphones will be bigger than the ones previously released since it officially broke ground into the market in April this year.
In addition to the four current Samsung smartphones, a number of other handsets from the Korean tech giant released late in 2013 and 2014 will also get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates.
As Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be launched by Google along with two other Nexus handsets including the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P, these two devices will actually be the very first to receive the latest mobile OS among all Android devices.
Accordingly, the Marshmallow will come to the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6, the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 9 about a week after the release of the new mobile OS from Google, notes Realty Today.
Finally nailed a better design
Samsung may have the better bottom line compared to HTC, but the Taiwanese smartphone maker has been an overwhelming match to the Korean tech giant when it comes to the design of its flagship smartphones in 2013 and 2014.
Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the severely criticized Samsung Galaxy S5, the design of the HTC One M7 and the HTC One M8, the design of the flagship smartphones of the Taiwanese company was several notches better than their counterparts from the Korean tech giant.
Its flagship exterior excellence earned for HTC the reputation as the undisputed champion of the Android smartphone design.
Through the HTC One M7 and the HTC One M8, the Taiwanese tech company showed Apple that it is not the only company that could take a slab of aluminum and turn it into a gorgeous tech device ever made. The flagship smartphones of HTC in 2013 and 2014 were considered masterpieces in the mobile communications world.
Samsung has learned its lesson from the design under-achievement that it made on the Samsung Galaxy S5, causing the company to lose its grip on its previous reputation as the world’s No. 1 smartphone manufacturer and also seeing its sales declining for three consecutive quarters last year.
With the emergence of the Samsung Galaxy S6 in March this year, the Korean tech giant has ended the run of HTC as the king of Android smartphone design. The 2015 flagship smartphone of Samsung was certainly way better than the HTC One M9, which only offered a slight design improvement over the HTC One M8.