Samsung is now done with rolling out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates to its flagship devices and now the attention has shifted to the mid-range models.
With a number of Samsung Galaxy J series handsets already on the new Android Marshmallow update, the premium-looking Samsung Galaxy A5 2014 had not been updated to the new OS. This was coming since Samsung had listed the phone among the models to be updated with Marshmallow, but back then, there was no specific date as to when this was to happen.
It is happening now and for those who managed to wait, your patience has finally paid off. Samsung Galaxy A5 was launched back in 2014, which makes it almost two years old. At the time of its launch, the phone came in with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, however, it received Android Lollipop update last year May. With the new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, Samsung Galaxy A5 2014 will, without doubt, be receiving its final major software update.
At the time of this writing, Samsung Galaxy A5 users in South Africa as well as some parts of Europe are already receiving the Marshmallow update on their devices. In addition to bringing the new firmware, the update also comes with the latest monthly security patch from Google. Once the update is successful, you should see the device’s build number updated to A500FUXXU1CPG2.
The Marshmallow update will add quite a number of interesting features to the Galaxy A5 2014 handset. You will be able to save more battery life with the Doze mode, view card-like snippets of relevant information based on the current screen thanks to Google Now on Tap, as well as easily control what permissions your installed apps can access. These are just some of the many additions the new OS comes with, although it packs lots of other improvements and bug fixes.
Since the update is coming in as an OTA, it will not reach all devices at a go. For those who are yet to see the OTA notification, there is room to manually check for the Marshmallow download via the Settings>About Phone>Software update>Update now options.
Android Nougat is around the corner, but there won’t be any love shown to the first generation Samsung Galaxy A5.