Recent announcement regarding the future of the Android operating system was enough to kick everyone’s sweet tooth into overdrive. By announcing that Android 6.0 ‘M’ would be called Marshmallow, Google ensured that excitement levels for the future of the platform were once again raised. Samsung has now hijacked that excitement and jumped onto the Marshmallow bandwagon by reportedly announcing a list of its Galaxy devices that it plans to upgrade to Android 6.0 when the time comes.
Google has taken the step of announcing Android 6.0, but the company is yet to formally announce an actual projected release date for the software. That in itself means that we have no concrete idea of when the new wave of Nexus devices will begin shipping with Android Marshmallow pre-installed, let alone when an array of existing Samsung devices will actually benefit from the update. Smartphone manufacturers and mobile carriers alike do have to prepare themselves for the launch sometime this fall, so it’s great to see Samsung being ahead of the curve this time around.
Apparently the South Korean company has not only “confirmed” the list of devices that will benefit from the upgrade, but also that the list is an exhaustive one meaning that the company has no plans to extend it for now. If your smartphone or tablet isn’t on the list below then the chances are it won’t be getting an update:
- Galaxy Note 5
- Galaxy Note 4
- Galaxy Note 4 Duos
- Galaxy Note Edge
- Galaxy S6 Edge+
- Galaxy S6 Edge
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S6 Duos
- Galaxy Alpha
- Galaxy Tab A
The biggest miss in this list is Samsung Galaxy S5, which was only released a little over year ago in 2014.
Any Samsung provided Marshmallow upgrade would of course be the manufacturer modified version rather than the Google provided “native” alternative that remains unaltered. This would mean that the devices above would benefit from the upgrade, but would also “benefit” from the additional inclusions that Samsung, and other manufacturers for that matter, like to bundle into the Android OS prior to pushing out an update.
As previously mentioned, there’s no official release date for Marshmallow just yet but it’s expected to release sometime this fall. The continuation of the Android platform is surely likely to introduce a heap of new features and improvements that will ultimately benefit the end-user and compliment the ever growing list of powerful hardware that is making it to the market.
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