Samsung is making efforts to bring the latest Android versions to their devices and even though many owners may still be waiting for Android 5.1.1, most of them already think about the Marshmallow update. The South Korean phone maker revealed that the new firmware will be made available, but unfortunately, there's no official information regarding the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4 release date. Hopefully, we will be able to make an educated guess based on the company's previous launches.
Google is set to release the Android 6.0 Marshmallow final code latter this month, meaning that Samsung can ready the update for their devices. Without a doubt, the first devices that will get updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be the members of the Nexus family, but Samsung's devices should follow a few weeks after.
In 2014, the first Samsung devices to get Lollipop received the update in December. We are now expecting the company to have a similar release schedule for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4. Select Galaxy S6 variants will most likely be the first receive the update. It's also worth adding that since the Marshmallow update is not as big as Lollipop, Samsung might be able to update their devices sooner than last year.
It's not hard to guess that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4 will be delivered in phases and that the ETA will vary with region, phone model, and carrier. Like before, users will be able to grab it both via KIES and over-the-air. Normally, when a device is ready to receive the a software update a message appears in the notifications bar letting the user know that a newer system version is available. All they need to do is tap on the notification and follow the on-screen prompts. A manual check can be performed under Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check for software updates. There's also an option to update the device via KIES after you have successfully connected it to the PC using the USB data cable.
You should also expect the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4 to roll out for all the variants of the aforementioned phones. So, expect the new firmware to also hit terminals such as the Galaxy S6 Edge or the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
It's also worth adding that the new software update will be pushed over-the-air and via KIES only to the terminals that run an official Android built. If you flashed a custom ROM on your device or if you altered the OS, then you must install the update manually using ODIN.
I was telling you earlier that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4 is not as major as last year's Lollipop update. However, there are quite a few interesting changes and new features under the hood. The update introduces a new apps permissions system which will enable you to enable permissions individually. In the previous Android versions apps asked for all permissions to be granted at installation. In Marshmallow, apps will only ask for permissions when they need to access them.
The Android 6.0 update should also improve the battery life of your device and Doze mode is responsible for that. When apps enter Doze Mode their network access and sync is limited and wakelocks are reduced. Even though the apps are in a deeper deep sleep state notifications are still going through when a "high priority Google Cloud Messaging tickle" is received.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow also comes with Google Now On Tap. On Tap brings improved Google Now functionality, Google's personal assistant now being able to give you relevant information based on what's on the screen. How it works? Let's say you are having a Hangouts conversation about booking a tablet at a restaurant. If you launch Google Now On Tap it will scan the content of your screen and it will give you contextual information about that specific restaurant such as directions, opening hours, contact, etc.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4 will also integrate Deep Linking and native fingerprint reader support. Many Samsung phones are equipped with a fingerprint sensor and, in Marshmallow, users will be able to enjoy even deeper integration. Deep Linking will be able to teach your phone what apps to use for specific link types.
Marshmallow also comes with automatic app data backup which is quite useful when it comes to game saves or app settings. All these are backed up to Google Drive once a day with a limit of 25 MB per app. The also adds support for using SD cards as default storage, an updated Storage Manager which is capable of better-handling your folders and files, and an enhanced RAM Manager which shows details about how much RAM apps eat on average or the maximum amount of RAM they use.
The Phone Dialer also received some updates, now sporting a simpler interface that's more intuitive. So did the Contacts app which learned a couple of new tricks like multiple contact selection and multi-sharing. If you are not a fan of heads-up notifications hear that you can disable them system-wide or on a per-app basis in Marshmallow.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4 will also arrive with updates for Samsung's native apps. UI tweaks and updates for granular app permissions are expected.
What do you expect from the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy Note 4? Are there any new features you are looking forward to? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.