With the Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow release pushing ahead, we want to take a look at the most important things to know right now about the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow release for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
Samsung has finally rolled out the red carpet for the Galaxy S6’s Marshmallow update and the update is starting to push out to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge models around the world including devices in the United States.
The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update takes the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge from Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to Google’s most up-to-date OS.
With a Samsung Galaxy S6 Marshmallow release now underway, we want to take a look at the most important things Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus owners need to know about the release, Android 6.0.1, and more.
We’ll continue to update this with new information as we get it. Samsung’s Android roll outs are slow and the Galaxy S6 Android Marshmallow release will almost certainly take several months to hit every single device.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Marshmallow Release Date
Earlier this year, Samsung confirmed plans to start rolling out the Samsung Galaxy S6 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.
As expected, the first Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Android 6.0.1 updates started rolling out in South Korea. Since then, we’ve seen numerous updates land in the United States and abroad.
The Galaxy S6 Marshmallow update is currently available for most Samsung Galaxy S6 models located in the U.S.
Sprint and Verizon users have told us that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Android 6.0.1 updates are rolling out right now bringing a 1GB+ update to the former flagship devices.
Sprint’s also now rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to the larger Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
T-Mobile, AT&T and U.S. Cellular are also rolling out their own versions of the Galaxy S6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update.
Samsung’s also reportedly pushing out Marshmallow updates to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge models in Russia, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Chile, Panama, Greece, Macedonia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Caucasus, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakstan, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the Ukraine and more.
The Galaxy S6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is also rolling out in India, one of the world’s largest markets.
As for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Marshmallow update, it’s reportedly rolling out in Iraq, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Russia, India, France, Sweden, Portugal, Paraguay, Philippines Libya, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, and Cyprus. The update’s also landed in Canada.
Samsung and its carrier partners have made significant progress in the weeks since the initial roll out and we expect most Galaxy S6 devices to get their Android 6.0.1 upgrade by the end of the summer.
Other Release Details
Now that Samsung’s confirmed plans to release the Galaxy S6 Android 6.0.1 update in Korea, Asia, the United States and Europe, we are starting to see some other dominoes start to fall.
In Australia, Vodafone is telling customers that it’s currently prepping a Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Marshmallow update for roll out. Elsewhere in Australia, Telstra is preparing Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Marshmallow updates.
Telstra says that it plans to roll these updates out on May 13th while Vodafone remains mum about a specific date for its first Galaxy S6 roll out.
While most North American carriers have rolled out their Galaxy S6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow upgrades, Rogers (Canada) remains silent about its plans.
Galaxy S6 Marshmallow Update: What’s New
Thanks to the Galaxy S6 Marshmallow roll out and the company’s very own Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Marshmallow consumers guide, we now know what to expect from the remaining Galaxy S6 Android updates.
The Galaxy S6 Android Marshmallow updates will deliver a number of new features, enhancements and fixes to the two flagship smartphones including changes to the look of app icons and a UI that prominently features the color white.
Samsung’s updates come with Google Now on Tap which allows you to quickly bring up information on whatever you’re looking at simply by holding down the home button. They also feature better control over app permissions, improved fingerprint support, and the battery saving feature Doze.
The company’s also outlined changes to Samsung Internet 4.0 and Cross App boost functionality.
Samsung’s new browser comes with improved security and functionality including a new Secret Mode that’s very similar to Chrome’s Incognito mode in that it doesn’t store “browsing history, cookies, passwords, auto-fill data or anything else.”
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Marshmallow update’s new Internet 4.0 app also brings browsing support for Samsung’s Gear VR.
In addition, the Cross App boost functionality “allows users to operate certain apps from within other apps.”
Our Android 6.0 vs. Android 5.0 walkthrough and this gallery of photos will give you a better idea about what to expect from the Galaxy S6 Marshmallow update. So will Samsung’s official Galaxy S6 Marshmallow consumer guide.
SamMobile recently got their hands on the official Marshmallow consumer guide and it takes you through the very basics of Marshmallow and its changes. From Doze to the app changes to the new UI colors, it’s all there. Click here to download the powerpoint file.
Samsung isn’t rolling out the old Android 6.0 update. It’s rolling out the newest version dubbed Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Android 6.0.1 is a whole lot different than the Android 6.0 update and there are some notable changes Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users will want to be aware of as the roll out grows in size.
Samsung’s Android 6.0.1 update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge should bring the following along with it:
- 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.
- When a fingerprint isn’t recognized, you will only get vibration feedback.
- A new ‘Install overnight’ option that will let you install an update at night between the hours of 2 to 5 AM.
- Changes to the Galaxy S6 Edge panel.
The changes to the Galaxy S6 Edge panel can be seen in the video above and on Samsung’s website. The company outlines the biggest changes coming to the Edge models with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
For more on Android 6.0.1, take a look at our walkthrough. It will take you step-by-step through the differences between Android 6.0 and Android 6.0.1.
It’s important to note that not every Galaxy S6 Marshmallow update will be created equal. Carriers typically put their own spin on these updates and we expect to see some minor differences between Galaxy S6 upgrades.
Google’s Android 6.0.1 update (and Android 6.0 update for that matter) has been problematic for Nexus smartphone and tablet users and it’s been problematic for some Galaxy S6 owners.
Samsung put these Galaxy S6 Marshmallow updates through a public beta process. And while the beta process caught some glaring problems, it didn’t catch them all.
We’ve been taking a close look at Android 6.0.1 problems in the weeks since the updates release. We encourage you to get familiar with the most common problems (battery life, etc) and get a feel for some potential fixes for those issues before you install your version of Android 6.0.1.
Samsung and its carrier partners are starting to roll out Marshmallow bug fix updates but many problems will require a manual fix.
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.