Samsung Galaxy Marshmallow Update Breakdown

As we push away from Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow release date, we’re starting to see new details emerge for Galaxy users. This Samsung Galaxy Marshmallow release breakdown will tell you what you need to know right now.

In late September, Google finally confirmed an Android 6.0 Marshmallow release date. On October 5th, as promised, Google delivered the Android Marshmallow update to its stable of Nexus smartphones and tablets including the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5.

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In the aftermath of the release, we’ve seen Android manufacturers start to confirm Android 6.0 Marshmallow release details. HTC and Motorola have been upfront with their customers and we’ve even see LG Marshmallow details emerge.

Samsung, the world’s largest manufacturer of Android smartphones, has surprisingly stayed mum about its plans for Marshmallow. Fortunately, carriers and rumors are doing some of the talking for it.

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Details are still fairly scarce but we’ve seen several Galaxy Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates confirmed and we expect to see plenty more before everything is said and done. Samsung’s Android roll outs take months to complete so we expect Android Marshmallow to be around for the long haul.

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Today, we want to breakdown everything there is to know, right now, about the Samsung Galaxy Android 6.0 Marshmallow release. This roundup includes details about U.S. carriers and it also includes details about devices that aren’t expected to get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Marshmallow Update

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As expected, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ will all be making the move up to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Samsung hasn’t confirmed the trio of updates but U.S. carrier T-Mobile has.

All three updates are listed on T-Mobile’s Android software upgrade page. They’re all listed in the “Manufacturer Development” phase which means that “T-Mobile and the device manufacturer have agreed to support a new software update.”

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The updates will need to clear another phase, internal testing at T-Mobile, before they are released to the public. Unfortunately, it’s not clear when the release date might take place.

T-Mobile’s confirmations are a clear sign that other U.S. carriers will be following suit with Galaxy S6 Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates of their own.

While nothing is confirmed, Samsung-centric blog SamMobile claims that work has already begun on a number of U.S.-bound Galaxy S6 Android 6.0 updates.

The publication claims that the AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge+ Android 6.0 updates are already in development behind the scenes. Of course, release dates are unknown at this time and it could be weeks before we see them emerge.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Marshmallow Update

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is going on two years old now but that won’t stop Samsung from rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates for the regular version and the Galaxy S5 Neo.

T-Mobile’s confirmed a Galaxy S5 Marshmallow release though the company is silent on a specific release date. Like its Galaxy S6 Android 6.o updates, the carrier’s Galaxy S5 Marshmallow update is currently in the Manufacturer Development” phase.

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U.S. carriers are expected to follow T-Mobile’s lead. Work on the Verizon Galaxy S5 Marshmallow update has reportedly begun and we’d expect Samsung to start work on updates for other major U.S. carriers in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow Update

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow release is confirmed. Not that that comes as any surprise. The Galaxy Note 5 is Samsung’s flagship smartphone.

T-Mobile’s confirmed a Galaxy Note 5 Android 6.0 update and it looks like Samsung has begun work on Galaxy Note 5 Android 6.0 updates for all five major U.S. carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular & Verizon).

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Marshmallow Update

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Samsung’s software support for the Galaxy Note 4 has been subpar but at least Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge users have something to look forward to.

T-Mobile’s confirmed updates for its Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge models. And if T-Mobile’s planning to roll out updates, there’s a good chance the other U.S. carriers are planning Android 6.0 updates of their own.

The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge are still just a year young so this doesn’t come as a shocker to us at all.

It’s not clear when the updates will roll out but we’d expect them to push after the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates.

Other Devices

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T-Mobile’s only other confirmed Android 6.0 update is one for the Galaxy Tab S2 tablet. Samsung still hasn’t announced anything so everyone else is sitting in the dark at this point.

We have heard that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will come for several other devices though including the Galaxy S6 Duos, Galaxy Note 4 Duos, Galaxy Tab A, and Galaxy Alpha.

Those of you with the Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 should start tempering your expectations. Neither device is expected to get the bump to Android 6.0 Marshmallow which means that you’ll probably have to find other means if you want Marshmallow on your device.

Samsung should make some announcements in the weeks ahead so be on the look out for concrete details for Galaxy phones and tablets.

Android M vs Android 5.1 Lollipop Walkthrough: What’s New So Far

Android 5.1 vs Android M - Lockscreen

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Android 5.1 vs Android M - Lockscreen

With Android 5.0 Google slightly changed the lockscreen and made everything very clean and simple, and they've done the same with Android M. In the developer preview build you'll only notice one change, and that is the addition of quick swipe to unlock right into voice controls for Google Now.

On the bottom of the lockscreen are three icons. The middle unlocks into the phone, the right side unlocks right to the camera for quick access to instantly take photos, and on the left we have a microphone. This doesn't unlock your phone, and instead fires up Google Now voice controls. This can be used to make a call, ask for directions, "go to gottabemobile.com" and any other voice command. Google removed the quick launch to the dialer, and replaced it with Google Now voice controls.

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