With 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.
For weeks we’ve seen Samsung Galaxy S6 Android Marshmallow details tease owners of the regular variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Until recently, those details didn’t include an actual roll out.
Samsung has finally rolled out the red carpet for the Galaxy S6’s Marshmallow update and it appears that the update is starting to roll out, in limited fashion, to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge models.
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 widespread 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 month, 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.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Marshmallow update just started rolling out on SK Telecom today bringing a huge file, a new build and tons of new features to the larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s also reportedly rolling out in Iraq.
If you own a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge or Galaxy S6 Edge Plus in Korea, you’ll want to keep your eyes out for the OTA.
You’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled if you own a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F) and Galaxy S6 edge (SM-G925F) Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates are reportedly rolling out in the UK right now on the country’s Vodafone network.
Those on Vodafone should check their phone throughout the week for the OTA file. The update comes with a XXU3DPB8 build number.
According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Marshmallow updates are also hitting Vodafone in the Netherlands. The build there is also XXU3DPB8.
Other Release Details
Now that Samsung’s confirmed plans to release the Galaxy S6 Android 6.0.1 update in Korea and Europe, we are starting to see some other dominoes start to fall.
Canadian carrier Telus has confirmed a trio of dates for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Marshmallow release. Up first is the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. The company has tentatively scheduled its Marshmallow roll out for March 9th. The carrier is planning to tack on a security update as well.
Telus has also confirmed a Galaxy S6 Edge Marshmallow update for March 16th (also with security patches) and a Galaxy S6 Marshmallow update for April 13th.
It’s important to note that these dates are “approximate and subject to change.”
T-Mobile USA is planning Android Marshmallow updates for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and the Galaxy S6 Edge+.
The carrier confirmed these updates several weeks ago and none of them have moved past the “Manufacturer Development” stage. This means that they’re still in Samsung’s lab undergoing testing. It still needs to head to T-Mobile for internal testing.
A report from last year suggests that all five major U.S. carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular) will be pushing Android Marshmallow out to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Not that this comes as a surprise. The Galaxy S6 is less than a year old.
Vocal carriers like Rogers (Canada), Vodafone (Australia), Optus (Australia), and Telstra (Australia) continue to remain silent about their plans.
Galaxy S6 Marshmallow Update: What’s New
Thanks to the Galaxy S6 Marshmallow beta, Samsung’s announcements, and the company’s very own Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Marshmallow consumers guide, we know what to expect from the updates in Korea, Poland and around the world.
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.
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 mostly minor but maybe some big differences between the updates in the United States and around the world.
Most carriers are mum about their plans for Marshmallow so we’ll just have to wait and see what those are.
Google’s Android 6.0.1 update (and Android 6.0 update for that matter) has been problematic for Nexus smartphone and tablet users. We expect some of the same problems to plague Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Marshmallow upgrades.
Samsung put these updates through a public beta process. And while the beta process likely caught some of the more glaring problems, there’s no way it caught them all.
Problems always slip through the cracks and Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners will want to prepare for Android 6.0.1 issues.
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.
We’ll keep you posted about Galaxy-specific Android 6.0.1 problems once the roll out picks up the pace in Korea, Europe and the United States.