Android 6.0 Marshmallow was availed last year and up to now, not all compatible devices have received the update.
In fact, there are quite a good number of smartphone users that are not sure if their devices will indeed be updated with Android Marshmallow. While it is true that many models will be left behind, if your device doesn’t appear on this list doesn’t mean you won’t be receiving the update. Usually, OEMs change their minds with these details, you may be lucky to wake up and find an OTA notification on your phone.
But first things first. For starters, you should know that the process of rolling out Android updates is extremely complex. It involves Google, device makers, chip makers, and carriers. With this in mind, one misstep could result in the worst, hence the delays in rolling out, sometimes substandard releases and lots of other issues that might come down to specific device models, carriers or even region of stay.
As of June 30th, here is the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update news roundup with respect to Google Nexus, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Xiaomi, and several other players in the smartphone industry.
Google Nexus devices started receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow back in October last year. However, not all Nexus devices can be updated with this OS. The list of compatible ones includes last year’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the Nexus Player, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (LTE and Wi-Fi), Nexus 7 2013 (LTE and Wi-Fi) as well as Nexus 5.
As for those using the Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 4 as well as Nexus 10, sorry but there is no Marshmallow for you.
Just like Google Nexus devices, another set of devices that receives software updates ahead of the pack is Android One. The search engine giant has already availed OTA updates for Android One phones in India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal as well as the Philippines. However, you must be running on Android Lollipop version number LMY48M in order to update your device to the latest Marshmallow firmware.
Devices such as Cherry Mobile One, Symphony Roar A50, Spice Dream Uno, Micromax Canvas A1, MyPhone Uno, Karbon Sparkle V, Nexian Journey One, and Mito Impact A10, just to name but a few can already be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Samsung Galaxy Marshmallow update
Samsung started rolling out the Marshmallow update early this year. While the initial release saw the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, S6 Edge and the standard Galaxy S6 confirmed to be receiving the update, the list has been growing ever since. The likes of Galaxy S5, S5 Neo, S5 LTE-A, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge as well as Galaxy Tab S2 have joined the race.
As for this year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, they came out preinstalled with the Marshmallow OS, hence no need for an update. Even though the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge started seeing the Marshmallow update in January this year, it is only in May that AT&T users started receiving the same update. As for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5, AT&T was also the last major U.S. carrier to bring out the update, which happened on June 22.
The 2014 release that saw Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 come into play has also seen the Marshmallow update, but not all users have been able to download and install the update. Sprint and T-Mobile have already rolled out the update. Those using the Exynos (SM-G900H) and LTE-A variant have also received the new OS.
As for the Note 4, all unlocked variants have been updated and so are all Sprint and Verizon units. Those using the Note 4 on T-Mobile started seeing the update a few days ago, meaning some may not have received the update at the time of this writing.
Other Samsung smartphones that are currently receiving the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update include the Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy A9, Galaxy Tab A, Tab S2, Galaxy S5 Neo, Galaxy On7 (2015), Galaxy A5 (2016), and Galaxy A7 (2015).
Huawei Marshmallow updates
Huawei is not the best OEMs as far as Android updates are concerned. However, last year’s involvement with Google over the development of the Nexus 6P could have changed this slightly. Apparently, the likes of Huawei Mate S, Mate 7, Huawei P8, P8 Max and P8 Youth Edition, Honor 6 and 6 Plus, Honor X2, Honor Play 4C, Honor 4X, Honor 7 and 7i as well as Huawei G7 and G7 Plus are to receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Indeed, a good number of these devices has already been updated with Marshmallow, but some are yet to.
Motorola Marshmallow update
Motorola is usually among the first OEMs to roll out software updates, however, this has not been the case with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In fact, the list of Motorola devices to be updated with Marshmallow has grown small, with only a handful of handsets shortlisted. They include the Moto X Pure Edition, Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto G, and Moto E (Snapdragon version), all from 2015. As for those using 2014 models such as Moto X Pure Edition (U.S.), Moto X (Europe, Latin America, and Asia), Moto G, Moto Turbo, Moto MAXX and the Moto Droid Turbo will also be happy to know that this update is available on these devices.
The company’s Moto 360 (2nd gen) smartwatch has also received this update.
LG Marshmallow release news
LG has quite a number of flagship and mid-range devices out there are still compatible with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While this year’s LG G5 came preinstalled with the OS, last year’s LG G4 started receiving the update towards the end of 2015, with Sprint leading the way. Other U.S. carriers followed suit and added the likes of LG G3, LG G Stylo, and LG V10.
Other LG devices that are also receiving the Marshmallow update right now are the G Pad X, LG Magna, as well as LG Spirit.
HTC Marshmallow news
HTC has been doing badly in recent years, but things seem to be getting back to normal with the release of HTC 10. But in terms of rolling out Marshmallow updates, the company is not bad off. The likes of HTC One M9, One M8, One A9, One M8 Eye and several Desire handsets such as Desire 820, Desire 816 and Desire Eye have already been availed with the Marshmallow update.
The company has also announced that the likes of HTC 10, HTC One M9 and HTC One A9 will be among the early recipients of the new Android Nougat.
Sony Marshmallow release news
Sony surprised the world when it announced a Xperia X line of smartphones instead of continuing the Xperia Z series from last year. Still, this hasn’t stopped the company from pushing out Marshmallow updates to its devices.
The likes of Xperia Z5 series, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3 series, Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet as well as other devices such as Xperia M5, C5 Ultra, C4 and M4 Aqua have been listed as beneficiaries of the Marshmallow update.
Xiaomi, OnePlus, and ASUS Marshmallow updates
Xiaomi Mi4 and Mi Note were the first company devices to be updated with Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. While the company hasn’t announced any other major release, more devices are expected to be added to the list with time. As for OnePlus, the company has a limited number of handsets in the market, which includes the newest OnePlus 3, but this one runs on Android Marshmallow out of the box.
As for the OnePlus 2, the Marshmallow update officially began on June 5, but there is no word on whether the OnePlus X will be receiving this update. The original OnePlus One also received the update beginning April 9, but it was delivered via the Cyanogen OS 13.
ASUS also has a number of devices it is lining up for the Marshmallow update. These include the ZenFone 2 series as well as ZenFone Selfie, ZenFone Max, and PadFone S. But there is no ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 6. At the time of this writing, ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser has already received the Marshmallow update