As we push deeper into 2016 some Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners are still waiting for their Android Marshmallow update.
It took Samsung several months to roll out its first Galaxy Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update but now the company’s on a roll as we approach the release of the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system for Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
Over the past few months the company’s fired off a barrage of Galaxy Android Marshmallow upgrades in regions across the globe including here in the United States.
Tons of Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners are now running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow but plenty of people are still waiting for their update to arrive.
If you’re lucky, you might be getting your taste of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow soon.
Today we want to take a look at everything we know so far about Samsung’s plans for current Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners. This also takes a look at some important details regarding the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the two flagship models that arrived earlier this year.
This roundup is going to walk you through the important details about the Samsung Galaxy Marshmallow release and the updates themselves.
The company hasn’t confirmed every single Marshmallow update it plans to offer but the roundup includes information about the Galaxy S6 update, the Galaxy Note 5 update, the Galaxy Note 4 update, the Samsung Galaxy S7, and more.
We’ll continue to update this as we, and others, receive more information.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Marshmallow Update
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is rolling out for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus in Korea. We’ve also seen a number of other Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Marshmallow updates roll out around the world.
Sprint rolled out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge several weeks ago. Sprint’s also now rolling out an update for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
The Sprint bound Galaxy S6 Marshmallow updates are huge, over 1GB in size, and it delivers a long list of enhancements, features, and bug fixes.
Sprint’s since been joined by Verizon and T-Mobile.
Verizon rolled out its Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates several months ago and it’s now pushing out new versions of the Marshmallow update that deliver bug fixes and other changes. From the change log:
- Fewer dropped Wi-Fi voice calls
- Video calls using a cellular network will start with a pop-up reminder that you’ll be using data
- Ensures you can only make HD Voice Calls when connected to the 4G LTE network
- Improvements to HD Voice Call volume
- You can now register for Voice over Wi-Fi calling when roaming
It recently rolled out a bug fix update for the Galaxy S6 Plus as well.
T-Mobile’s also started rolling out its Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates. These updates will roll out Over-the-Air to users for several days and bring enhancements and fixes to the former flagships.
U.S. Cellular’s website now shows Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates for the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Each listing comes with a link to download via Samsung Kies.
AT&T’s updated its software support page with details about its Galaxy S6 Marshmallow upgrade. The change log includes:
- Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow
- Adds Video Calling
- Removes Keeper, AT&T Live, FB Messenger
- Adds Amazon to full preload
- Moves AT&T Mail and YP Mobile to a Virtual Preload
The AT&T Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is available (with new enhancements) as is the AT&T Galaxy S6 Active Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. The Galaxy S6 Active Marshmallow update started pushing out in early July.
Telus and Bell users in Canada are also reporting a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Marshmallow roll out. The update is massive, 1.2GB in size, and it brings Android 6.0.1 and a number of enhancements to the larger Edge model.
Fellow Canadian carriers VideoTron and Eastlink are reportedly rolling out Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates as well.
Now that these updates are making their way to North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, we expect more Galaxy S6 Marshmallow updates to follow.
Telus in Canada was one of the first North American carriers to confirm specific dates for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and it’s finally rolling out the Galaxy S6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to users.
In Australia, Vodafone started rolling out a Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Marshmallow update on June 6th. The company is also now rolling out Marshmallow updates to its versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
Fellow Australian carrier Telstra is rolling out Galaxy S6 Plus, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Marshmallow updates.
Australian carrier Optus has also deployed its Android Marshmallow updates to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
Elsewhere in North America, Canadian carrier Rogers has deployed Marshmallow to its Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Marshmallow updates arrived after a long delay.
Thanks to the roll outs and the Galaxy S6 Marshmallow beta, we know what the Marshmallow update will bring to the flagship devices.
As expected, Marshmallow brings changes to the update’s interface. The update replaces blue with white and it changes the look of several app icons.
The update also features the popular Google Now on Tap feature that allows you to quickly bring up information on whatever you’re looking at simply by holding down the home button. It’s one of our favorite Marshmallow features. The video above outlines the key features.
Samsung will be rolling out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the most up-to-date version of Marshmallow from Google.
The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update brings a number of key changes to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge including:
- Additional quick settings toggles for Private Mode in the status bar.
- New emoji characters (Android 6.0.1 brought more than 200 to Nexus users).
- Improved visibility of notification panel icons.
- If a fingerprint isn’t recognized, users will only get vibration feedback.
- A new ‘Install overnight’ option that will install an update at night between 2 to 5 AM.
Samsung has detailed the changes coming to the Galaxy S6 Edge’s panel, some of which can be seen in galleries above.
Galaxy S5 Marshmallow Update
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.o.1 Marshmallow update continues to make progress as we push into the summer.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is reportedly pushing out to users in Korea. More specifically, it’s rolling out to unlocked variants on KT, LG Uplus and the carrier SK Telecom in South Korea.
It’s also rolling out in Trinidad & Tobago, in Sri Lanka for the SM-G900F, in Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy for the SM-G900F, in India for the SM-G900I, in Canada for Telus, in Canada for Rogers, and owners of the Exynos model in India.
Yes, the Marshmallow update has finally landed for the other version of the Galaxy S5 and Exynos users holding the SM-G900H in India should keep an eye out for an OTA. It started pushing to users in early June.
- Google and Samsung Security Updates
- Bug Fixes
T-Mobile confirmed its Galaxy S5 Marshmallow update several weeks ago and the upgrade is now available to users. T-Mobile Galaxy S5 owners can download the update over Wi-Fi or manually update with Samsung Smart Switch for PC.
As for other Galaxy S5 variants, the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is currently rolling out to the Galaxy S5 Plus model in Germany. The Android 6.0.1 update is for the unbranded model Galaxy S5 Plus (SM-G901F). The Galaxy S5 Plus Marshmallow update is also reportedly rolling out in the Netherlands.
The update is also pushing out to the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A in South Korea and the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo in Europe.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Neo update is reportedly rolling out to Vodafone model in the Netherlands. The update is unsurprisingly based on Android 6.0.1. The Galaxy S5 Neo Android 6.0.1 update is also now pushing out for carriers in Canada.
Those of you with a Samsung Galaxy S5 mini will be happy to know that Samsung’s planning to deliver a Marshmallow update to the smaller version of the Galaxy S5.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini Android Marshmallow update just appeared at the Wi-Fi Alliance, a sign that its release is getting closer. It also looks like the instruction manual is now available, another sign that we’re getting close.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Marshmallow update is finally starting to roll out in the United States. AT&T recently released the upgrade and it brings a familiar set of features and enhancements to the rugged version of the Galaxy S5. From its website:
Look for this update to pickup speed as we push deeper into the year.
As for the Galaxy S5 Marshmallow update itself, it reportedly comes with most of Marshmallow’s features with bug fixes, improvements to the device’s speed, and improvements to stability.
The video above gives you a good look at what to expect from your Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update.
Those of you with a carrier-branded model can expect some unique “enhancements” and fixes so you’ll want to dig into the change log when your update arrives.
Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow Update
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is now being deployed in force around the world.
It’s rolling out in a number of other countries including India with the Middle East an apparent focus for Samsung right now. It’s also rolling out in Algeria, Brazil, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Malaysia, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Australia (Optus) to name a few.
U.S. and Canadian carriers are also in the mix.
The Verizon Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow update is available and it brings new features and enhancements to its version of the flagship smartphone. The carrier is also rolling out a smaller bug fixer that alleviates three problems with Marshmallow:
- Trouble connecting to the internet
- Frequent data disconnection
- Problems while loading files or web pages
Sprint is also rolling out the Galaxy Note 5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to users taking the flagship phone up from Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
As expected, the change log is similar to the other Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow updates that’ve rolled out elsewhere in the U.S. and around the world. Like the others, it comes with a number of enhancements, features and fixes.
Sprint’s updates typically take one to two weeks to complete so Galaxy Note 5 users will want to keep an eye out this week and next for Android 6.0.1.
Elsewhere in North America, U.S. Cellular’s confirmed a Galaxy Note 5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow roll out via its website. Like its Galaxy S6 updates, the listing contains a link to download via Samsung’s Kies app for PC.
T-Mobile is also rolling out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to the Galaxy Note 5. The update should be available to all users right now.
And finally, after weeks of silence, the AT&T Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow update is rolling out to users around the country.
Samsung recently updated its version of the Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow update with several improvements including Wi-Fi calling and Advanced Messaging. The update also delivers new security patches.
Thanks to the beta and the public roll out, we know what to expect from the Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow update and its features. The video below shows off the early software and it runs down many of the important changes.
For more on the Marshmallow leak, take a look at this full rundown from XDA-Developers. It reviews the update’s early performance. For a more recent set of photos, take a look at these Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow photos. Verizon’s run down of the Marshmallow update will also give you a feel for the changes.
In addition to the new features and enhancements, it also looks like the Galaxy Note 5 Android 6.0.1 update is plagued with issues including battery drain, issues with Gear VR and other smaller bugs. These issues have extended to the Verizon Galaxy Note 5 Android 6.o.1 update.
Verizon users are already starting to complain about battery drain, Wi-Fi problems and more. We expect complaints to pick up as the roll out picks up speed.
It’s not clear how these problems will impact the overall speed of the roll out (it doesn’t appear to have slowed it down yet) but Galaxy Note 5 users will want to be cautious when Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow arrives.
Galaxy Note 4 Marshmallow Update
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge will both receive Marshmallow updates in the United States and the first batch of updates are pushing out right now.
Sprint is reportedly pushing out its version of the Galaxy Note 4 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update right now. The U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 4 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update appears to be rolling out as well.
Verizon is also rolling out its version of the Galaxy Note 4 Android 6.0.1 update. According to Big Red, the update “has been tested to optimize device performance, resolve known issues and apply the latest security patches.”
The Verizon Galaxy Note Edge Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is also rolling out bringing new features, security patches and bug fixes to the curved version of the Galaxy Note 4.
The carrier’s updates bring new features but they also bring bug fixes and enhancements that should help to stabilize the software on board. Both updates are rolling out Over-the-Air so be on the lookout for them as the month pushes forward.
In Canada, Rogers confirms it’s finally rolling out its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 6.0.1 update.
As for the rest of the world, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is rolling out in Europe for the SM-N910C in Poland, users in Croatia, Germany, Korea, Austria, Italy, and its reportedly available for Galaxy Note 4 users in Uzbekistan (SM-N910H).
Galaxy Note 4 users in India should also be on the lookout for a new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. Samsung is reportedly rolling out a new Android 6.0.1 build to the aging former flagship right now.
As for the Galaxy Note Edge Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, it’s reportedly pushing out in England at the moment. It also looks like it’s starting to roll out to the unlocked version of the Galaxy Note Edge in other parts of Europe and to models in Canada.
It’s moving like a slug compared to Samsung’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow roll out for the Galaxy Note 4 but we expect it to pick up the pace in the weeks ahead.
Thanks to these roll outs, we know what the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update looks like.
The Galaxy Note 4 update comes with the new Air Command menu that’s found on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5. There are also some new icons for applications. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy S6’s update.
It also reportedly comes with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 feature that allows you to take notes when the screen is off.
In addition to these popular devices, Samsung will reportedly roll out Marshmallow to the Samsung Galaxy A7, Galaxy A8, Galaxy A9, Galaxy J3, Galaxy Tab E, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S2, and the Galaxy Tab S tablet.
Samsung is now pushing the Android 6.0.1 update to the Galaxy A9, a 6-inch smartphone that’s available in limited markets.
The Galaxy A9 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is reportedly available for the SM-A9000 model in China.
The Galaxy A5 Marshmallow update is also pushing out to Canadian users. Telus recently confirmed the start of the roll out.
The update is also rolling out to Samsung’s budget line of devices. The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update has reportedly made its way over to the Galaxy J5 in India. Like Samsung’s other Marshmallow upgrades, it brings some huge changes to the device.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S2 Android 6.0.1 update has started to roll out. The upgrade rolling out right now in Germany for the 9-inch model. It brings well-known Marshmallow features and it also brings a multi-user mode. This mode allows you to create separate accounts for family members and friends.
A few more notes:
- The Galaxy Tab S2 9-inch Marshmallow update is also reportedly pushing for the 4G model in the Netherlands.
- The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is now rolling out for the 8-inch Galaxy Tab S2 in the United Kingdom. The update is reportedly similar to the upgrade for the larger version.
- Samsung’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is also rolling out to the Galaxy Tab S2 on Rogers in Canada and Verizon in the United States.
- The Galaxy Tab S2 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update has also landed for the Wi-Fi only versions of the 8-inch and 9-inch models in the U.S.
- The AT&T Galaxy Tab S2 Marshmallow update is rolling out right now.
- T-Mobile is also rolling out a Galaxy Tab S2 Marshmallow update in the United States. The update should be available OTA right now.
Verizon is also now rolling out a Galaxy Tab E 8.0 Marshmallow update. It’s similar to the other Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates for Big Red and those who own this relatively new tablet are encouraged to check for the update right now.
As for the rest of Samsung’s tablet line, the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is also rolling out for the first time to the Galaxy Tab A. The update is pushing out in France to the 9.7-inch Wi-Fi only variant.
It’s also pushing out in Australia to the 8-inch Wi-Fi model. The update is a little over 1GB in size and it brings enhancements and new features to the slate. Look for both versions of the Galaxy Tab A Android Marshmallow update to pick up the pace in the weeks ahead.
As for the rest of the world, Rogers in Canada says that it plans to roll out a Galaxy A5 Marshmallow update “soon.”
A leaked roadmap asserted that the Galaxy Alpha would get Marshmallow in June. That obviously didn’t happen though we’d be on the lookout for it as we push into the fall.
It also looks like the original Samsung Galaxy S tablet will get bumped up to Marshmallow at some point down the road.
A user manual seems to confirm Samsung’s plans though we don’t know when the Galaxy Tab S Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update will roll out.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Marshmallow Update
As expected, the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge both run the company’s Android 6.0.1 software.
The two devices, revealed earlier this month at Mobile World Congress, run a unique version of the operating system. You can get a feel for the software in the Galaxy S7 hands-on video here.
It’s worth noting that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge do not support Android 6.0’s Adoptable Storage feature, a concern given the fact that it only comes with 32GB of internal storage space in the United States.
It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge come with some additional emoji characters. A full outline of those characters can be found right here.
More recently, Samsung and its carrier partners have been rolling out updates with a Wi-Fi Calling update on board.
The update’s landed for the AT&T Galaxy S7 and AT&T Galaxy S7 Edge and it checks in at 600MB in size making it a substantial release for the two flagship devices. Rogers in Canada has put out the same update for its Galaxy S7 models.
It’s also important to know that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates are now available online.
These will be useful if you need to go back to stock software at any point during your time with the Galaxy S7.
September Security Update
AT&T is currently rolling out September security patches to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Plus. The patch is also rolling out to the T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and T-Mobile Galaxy S7 Edge along with some other improvements.
The September patches are also pushing out to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in Europe.
Samsung’s latest security update comes with several important patches and you can read the specific patch notes on the company’s website.
We expect the September security patches to start rolling out to more flagship models in the United States, and countries around the world in the near future so be on the lookout as we push deeper into the month.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android 6.0.1 Update
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 isn’t running Android Nougat out of the box. Instead, it’s running a version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
The device is utilizing a new version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI complete with new camera gestures and colorful new menus.
The company is already rolling out the first Galaxy Note 7 bug fix update, a small file that should stabilize the device in regions around the world. The Verizon Galaxy Note 7 is also getting a small security update and others will likely follow.
As for the device’s next big update, Samsung says the Galaxy Note 7 should get Android 7.0 Nougat before the end of the year. A specific date hasn’t been announced but we should see some details emerge soon now that Google’s begun its roll out for Nexus devices.
Swiftkey Android 6.0.1 Update
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Swiftkey has been updated to support the new emojis that arrived in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Once Android 6.0.1 arrives for your device, you’ll be able to use emojis with the popular third-party keyboard.
Get Familiar with Android 6.0.1 & Marshmallow
Let's start with something very important.
One of the first things you'll want to do is get familiar with the changes coming with your version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Each update is going to be a little bit different (carriers can't help themselves) but there some core elements to each.
There are a number of resources around the web but we'll provide you with some great starting points right here.
We've taken a deep dive into the differences between Lollipop and Marshmallow and you'll want to check the basics out so that you're comfortable with the changes.
Android 6.0.1, the version of Marshmallow rolling out to Galaxy devices, is a little different than Android 6.0. You can get familiar with some of Android 6.0.1's basics right here.
And then we get to the device level. That is to say that the Galaxy S6 Marshmallow update is a little different than the Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow update. We've outlined some of those differences and you can find them at the links provided.
Things will be different at the carrier level as well and you'll want to look into those changes as well. Unfortunately, those changes will arrive whenever Samsung and your carrier decide to push out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for your device. We'll provide you with the Verizon Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow release notes as an example.
If you haven't been following along, now is a great time to look into the new features and enhancements so that you're as proficient as possible after you download and install Marshmallow on your Galaxy phone or tablet.