South Korean Android OEM Samsung has always been among the quickest to roll out the latest version of Android to its flagship smartphones. Things aren’t expected to be any different this year, as a leaked Android 6.0 Marshmallow update roadmap published by Times News suggests the owners of Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ won’t have to wait very long to receive the update. Based on the roadmap, the update rollout for these devices will commence next month.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will be rolled out in two different phases by Samsung, with the newest flagship devices dominating the Phase 1 list. After beginning the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 Edge+ in December, Samsung will move focus to the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, expected to be updated to the latest Android version starting January 2016. The following month will see the turn of last year’s 2H flagship Galaxy devices the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge. Rounding up the list of devices under “Phase 1” are the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Alpha. No ETA has been mentioned yet for these devices, and the update status has also been listed as “waiting approval”.
Apart from its higher-end devices, Samsung also has plans to update some of its more affordable mid-range portfolio to Android 6.0 as well. The devices listed under “Phase 2” include the Galaxy A8, Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A3, Galaxy E7, and the Galaxy E5. Like the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Alpha, no ETA has been provided, so we don’t know when the update will begin rolling out for these devices. If your smartphone isn’t on either list, don’t be disappointed just yet. The leaked roadmap suggests the Phase 3 of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will commence after initial testing, so quite a few other smartphones could be added to the list then. We expect some other recent mid-range Galaxy smartphones to figure in the list, however there isn’t much hope for older flagship devices such as the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S4.
However, we should remind you that the ETA provided in the leaked roadmap only refers to the beginning of the rollout. Not all of you with a Galaxy Note 5 or a Galaxy S6 Edge+ can expect to receive the Android 6.0 update next month. For most regions, it might take an additional month or two for the update to become available. And if you have a carrier locked variant, things could get even worse as the update will be rolled out only after the carriers approve the update after testing it themselves.