At a time when every Android smartphone user, including those rocking the 2014 Samsung Galaxy S5, are anticipating the release of the new Android 7.0 Nougat OS, the story is quite different for those whose Galaxy S5 handsets are locked to the AT&T carrier.
Samsung started rolling out Android Marshmallow update to unlocked variants of the Galaxy S5 months ago, however, those locked to AT&T had yet to see this OS hit their devices. But this is going to change from now henceforth as the carrier has now made it official that the Galaxy S5, alongside the carrier-exclusive Galaxy S5 Active can now be updated to the latest version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow through an OTA update.
This is great news for those who have been frustrated by the lack of an Android Marshmallow update on a device that has already been updated to the same OS in other regions and on other carriers as well. Although it comes almost a year since the OS was first unveiled, it is always better to get it late than to never see it at all.
According to AT&T, the Galaxy S5 Marshmallow update weighs from between 938MB to 955MB and it comes with build number MMB29M.G900AUCU4DPH2. In addition to adding Android Marshmallow, this update also brings support for Wi-Fi calling, video calling as well as the latest Android Security Patch Level dated August 1, 2016.
On the other hand, the Galaxy S5 Active is going through a similar treat. The Marshmallow update weighs from between 906MB to 907MB and in addition to coming in with v6.0.1 of the OS, it also adds the latest Android security patch level dated August 1. The update will up the build number to MMB29M.G870AUCU2DPH2.
Since it is hitting both the Galaxy S5 and S5 Active units as an OTA, it will reach these devices at different intervals. However, with the update confirmed, those with these devices on AT&T carrier can head to the Settings>About device>Software updates>Check for updates to find out if the installer package is ready for downloading and installing.