As we push into 2017 some Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners are still waiting for their Android Marshmallow update. Others are hoping for bug fix updates that solve their Android Marshmallow problems.
Samsung’s Android Nougat update is finally rolling out but the company continues to fire off a barrage of Galaxy Android Marshmallow updates for devices in regions around the world.
Tons of Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners are now running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow but some 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. And if you’re real lucky, you might get a bug fix update for your Android Marshmallow problems.
Today we want to take a look at everything we know about the Samsung Android Marshmallow roll out as we push into the new year. You can expect the Marshmallow roll out to continue even as Samsung rolls out Nougat to Galaxy smartphones and tablets.
This roundup walks you through the important details about the Samsung Galaxy Marshmallow release and the updates themselves. It 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. Keep an eye out for new details.
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 models all over the world.
Sprint rolled out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge several months ago. The carrier’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
Verizon 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 rolling out Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates as well.
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 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 last year. 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 roll out, we know what the Marshmallow update brings 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 is rolling out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the most up-to-date version of Marshmallow, and the final version 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 year.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is 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.
The Marshmallow update has landed for the other version of the Galaxy S5 and SM-G900H users in India should keep an eye out for an OTA. It started pushing to users last year.
- Google and Samsung Security Updates
- Bug Fixes
T-Mobile confirmed its Galaxy S5 Marshmallow update several months 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 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 rolling out to the 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 finally rolling out the Marshmallow update to the smaller version of the Galaxy S5.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Marshmallow update is also rolling out. 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:
As for the Galaxy S5 Marshmallow update, it 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 to devices 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.
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. The AT&T Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow update is also 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 public roll out, we know what’s on board the Galaxy Note 5 Marshmallow update. The video below shows off the Galaxy Note 5’s Marshmallow 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.
In addition to these positive changes, it’s worth nothing that 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 Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Marshmallow updates are rolling out right now.
U.S. Cellular’s website confirms the release of its Galaxy Note 4 Android 6.0.1 update. The update mirrors the other Galaxy Note 4 updates in the United States.
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.
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 available for Galaxy Note 4 users in Uzbekistan (SM-N910H). Samsung is rolling out a new Android 6.0.1 build to the aging former flagship in India.
As for the Galaxy Note Edge Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, it’s pushing out in England. 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 speed 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 comes with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 feature that allows you to take notes when the screen is off.
In addition to updates for these popular devices, Samsung is rolling out a number of other Marshmallow updates around the world.
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 available for the SM-A9000 model in China.
The company’s also deployed the first Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A5 Marshmallow updates. The Android 6.0.1 software is rolling out to Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A5 models in Russia. The A7 update is also pushing out in Europe.
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 made its way over to the Galaxy J5 in India and Europe. 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 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 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.
Android Marshmallow is also rolling out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. The update is currently available for the Wi-Fi model in Europe.
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.
U.S. Cellular’s also started rolling out the Samsung Galaxy S 10.5 Android Marshmallow update after a long wait.
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 run a unique version of the operating system. You can get a feel for their version of Marshmallow software in the hands-on video above.
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.
Samsung February Security Update
The February security patch is rolling out slowly but it’s now available in several regions including the United States.
T-Mobile recently rolled out Samsung’s February security update to the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Tab 3. Other devices like the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy A8 have also received Samsung’s version of the February security update.
You can read the specific patch notes on the company’s website. It delivers key patches from Samsung and Google.
Android Nougat Update
As we’ve noted, the Samsung Galaxy Marshmallow roll out has been joined by Samsung’s new Android 7.0 Nougat update.
The company’s official Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android Nougat roll outs have begun though the release is limited to select models in select regions around the world. We expect that to change in the near future.
Samsung’s promised several Nougat updates in the first half of 2017 and we expect all of these upgrades to deliver new features, tweaks and fixes for lingering Marshmallow issues.
Devices like the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy Note 5 should be next in line for Samsung’s version of Android Nougat.
For more information on the Android Marshmallow’s successor, take a look at our Samsung Galaxy Android Nougat roundup and our Android Nougat walkthrough.
Samsung’s Android Nougat update will bump devices from Android 6.0.1 to Android 7.0. It’s not clear when or if Samsung will bump its devices to Android 7.1.1, the most up-t0-date version of Nougat.
If you own a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, we’ve put together a guide that will take you through the most important things to know about your update.
Install Nougat If You Want Better Security
Let's start with some basics.
If you value your security, and most of you probably do, you'll want to think about installing the Galaxy S7 Nougat update soon after it arrives for your device.
Every month, Google and Samsung release important security patches for Android devices. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Android Nougat updates should bring the latest security patches to your device.
Samsung's initial batch of Galaxy S7 Nougat updates delivered the company's January security update while upcoming updates could deliver the patches from the February security update. You can read more about their contents on Samsung's website.
If you failed to download or receive Samsung's an older security update (December, November, etc), the patches from those updates should be baked into your version of Nougat.
On top of the patches, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Nougat update brings Samsung Pass, a way to secure your identity using biometric data rather than entering your password or ID.
Samsung Pass is like a master key for your various logins and it relies on Galaxy S7's fingerprint scanner. The biometric data is encrypted and stored safely by Samsung Knox.
Nougat also brings support for Secure Folder, one of the best features from the Galaxy Note 7. Secure Folder is a protected folder that allows you store your important files separately from the other content stored on the device.