As most users of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge start asking questions about when they will be able to update their devices to Android Nougat, there are lots of others out there still using Android Lollipop on these 2015 handsets.
Android Marshmallow was released sometimes in October last year. With just a few months before its first anniversary, the OS has now made its way to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets that are locked to Canada’s Rogers and Fido carriers. Some of those using these devices on the said networks had probably given up on the Marshmallow update with hopes that the carriers would consider skipping to Android Nougat, however, the former has just begun rolling out at a time when the latter has just been released.
Of course, everyone is anticipating the release of Android Nougat on their Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, but since the OS is still very new, it is a safer bet to go with Android Marshmallow, which is also a better update when compared to Lollipop. There are, in fact, quite a number of features that are new on this OS, among them Google Now on Tap, Doze mode, as well as New Adoptable storage. The latter could mean nothing for those on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge thanks to the fact that Samsung dropped the microSD card storage option on its 2015 flagships.
In case giving apps access to numerous permissions on your phone has been a problem for you, the updated Android Marshmallow comes with a remedy for this. Users can now choose which permissions they allow apps to access and when exactly this happens. The fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge home button will also find more use once you update the handsets to Android Marshmallow. In addition to unlocking the phones, it will also be useful when authenticating purchases via Android Pay as well as logging into other supported apps.
Now that Android Marshmallow is coming to these devices at a time when Android Nougat is rolling out to Nexus devices, it could possibly mean that users of these devices are facing another year on the sidelines with respect to the latter OS’ update. The unlocked models of these two phones received Marshmallow months ago, something that pins down the delay to the carriers in question. Whether there will be some improvements this year is still unknown, but don’t expect to see Nougat coming to Rogers and Fido networks anytime this year, especially for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.