Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is now officially available for all unlocked versions of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge internationally.
The update started showing up in the company’s home country as well as Poland. Samsung has gone ahead to make the update official, adding that only unlocked versions can be able to get this update, but it will spread throughout the globe gradually.
If your handset is locked to a certain carrier, say T-Mobile, you will have to wait for the carrier to approve the update first before it reaches your device. For unlocked versions, just head to Settings>About Phone>Check for Updates and see whether your region has already been added to the update list.
So, what does the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow update bring to Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge?
For the two devices, you will enjoy basic bug and error fixes, security and performance patches, optimizations and a bunch of many other tweaks. However, Android 6.0 M also brings a few unique additions to the devices. First you will notice that the TouchWiz interface looks new and feels refreshed, keeping along with Google’s Material Design concept while at the same time staying loyal to Samsung’s looks.
Natural additions from the Google side include Doze and App Standby features to help with battery life issues, improved control over App Permissions as well as a better working fingerprint scanner.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow update allows users to choose the permissions to hand to apps when installing them. Unlike older versions where users only have the option to “Accept” or “Cancel” when installing apps regardless of the countless permissions they demand, users of the updated OS now have full control over App Permissions.
Things like images, location, messages, contacts and so much more will now be accessed by apps at your own choice. For instance, you can only choose to allow Facebook Messenger to access your location when sharing the same. Once done, you can simply disable the permission via the Apps Permissions list.
It is now more than easy to determine which of your installed apps are using the most memory with Android M. Galaxy S6 users will notice a new Memory tab that allows them see the amount of memory each app is using on the device. It is also possible to track how frequently these apps run from this end.
Quick fingerprint access
In addition to unlocking your Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, the new Android 6.0 OS now allows the use of a fingerprint to log in to other services such as the Play Store and even authorize payments. Cool huh!
Android Marshmallow update offers Galaxy S6 users a way to automatically backup their data in a hassle free manner. The OS stores up to 25MB of data per application installed, all of which is backed up on Google Drive. In case of switching phones, you can easily retrieve your data as well as settings from the cloud storage.
The battery life of Samsung Galaxy S6 is not disappointing. However, things are about to get even better with Android M’s Doze feature. This feature automatically minimizes the background processes once it detects that you are not using the device, this saving you more battery juice.