Samsung said it will be pushing the latest version of Google’s Android operating system nicknamed “Marshmallow” from today February 15th starting with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge (which is also receiving new functionality for the ‘edge’ portion of its screen), while other compatible devices will “soon follow.”
The statement failed to explicitly clarify when other compatible devices will get the new update, part of the statement reads ”separate announcements on details of OS updates schedule for each market according to market situation and carriers’ requirements.”
Google announced Android 6.0 Marshmallow in May 2015, boasting new features including Now on Tap, which essentially makes Google Now accessible from everywhere in the OS, letting users search for contextual information about anything ranging from films, to restaurants, to contacts. The app drawer has also been revamped with a new layout and app suggestions feature, and app permissions have been significantly reworked to make it easier for users to know when a program is accessing their information. There are also a handful of battery-saving features that should mean you get more life out of your devices.
As ever, though, the frustration for Android fans is getting the update in the first place. Samsung’s nonexistent upgrade schedule for devices other than the S6 and S6 Edge is just the tip of the iceberg. Although updates from other manufacturers have been trickling out (LG’s G4 has got Marshmallow from most carriers now, and Motorola’s second-generation Moto G seems to be getting it too), it’s a slow, unpredictable business. If you’re a diehard Android fan and can’t wait to get the latest version of the OS, your best bet is probably to wait and buy a new device with it preloaded.