Samsung Galaxy A9 was the first Galaxy A series device to be updated with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Back then, we reported that Samsung Galaxy A8 will soon be joining the A9 in receiving the Marshmallow update. Well, this is happening as at the time of this writing.
The news that Samsung Galaxy A8 is receiving Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow in India follows a similar case with respect to last year’s Samsung Galaxy J5. Those using the Galaxy A8 can get the Marshmallow update via an OTA download and just like many other updates from the company, this one weighs about 1.1GB. With this in mind, you need to have an unlimited data plan in place if you are going to download the update via mobile data, however, it is best to go with a Wi-Fi connection when updating to the latest Marshmallow OS.
Since this update is hitting Samsung Galaxy S8 units as an OTA download, it hasn’t reached all A8 units. This means that it might take some time before it reaches your device. If waiting is not in your DNA, you can manually check for the update via Settings>About device>Software update. If the download is ready, you will get an “Update Now” option that will let you download and install the Marshmallow update manually. If it’s not ready, you may have to keep checking in similar fashion or simply wait for the OTA notification.
In case you didn’t know, Android Marshmallow has quite a number of goodies it comes with. Among them is the Doze mode that helps with battery management, Google Now on Tap that shows you contextual information when you long press the home button, better control over apps permissions as well as App Standby. You also get lots of other improvements in performance as well as fixes to bugs and errors from the previous software version. Since Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with native integration of the fingerprint scanning technology, you will get more uses for your Galaxy A8’s fingerprint sensor, other than unlocking the device, once this update is done.
Just to refresh your mind, Samsung Galaxy A8 packs a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD 1080p resolution. Under the hood, the phablet has an octa-core Exynos 5 SoC with a clock speed of 1.8GHz and this is paired with a RAM of 2GB and onboard storage of 32GB, which can be expanded via a microSD card.
Camera-wise, you get a decent 16MP sensor on the back of the phone. The lens used can capture wide-angle views of up to 120 degrees and it also packs OIS, LED flash as well as an aperture of f/1.9. The front has a 5MP sensor with the same aperture. The phone supports dual-SIM functionality and has a 3050mAh battery unit to keep it alive.