The Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update has been coming for quite some time now, but the patience of those owning the 2014 flagship has finally been repaid.
In the latest reports coming from SamMobile, the Galaxy S5 Marshmallow update has begun rolling out. The update, which comes more than five months since the operating system first showed up, brings the much-anticipated features of the Marshmallow firmware to this aging, but still very capable smartphone.
Users of this device will, however, be somehow disappointed given that the update is currently available to dwellers of South Korea. Further, Samsung has only availed the update for those using the LG Uplus carrier in the country, which means a wider rollout is yet to begin. Still, the fact that the operating system has shown up on Samsung Galaxy S5 for the first time is an indicator that it is indeed going to be here in April as earlier revealed.
The update is also available to those with Samsung Galaxy S5 with model number SM-G900L. The other two Korean models – SM-G900K and SM-G900S – have yet to receive the Marshmallow update.
The newly released Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will definitely take some time before it hits the Galaxy S5 devices in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world. This is so because the update will first of all have to come to the labs of Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint before it can finally be approved for rolling out to the device. As a result, it is possible that this update might show up in the U.S. in mid-April or even towards the end of the same month.
Samsung has been accused of being slow at rolling out updates to its devices. Maybe things will change with the latest release, but it will still depend on the pace the carriers take. For those using the international version, the company has yet to avail the update, but this is expected in the next few days.
Samsung Galaxy S5 packs a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display screen with 1080p resolution. Under the hood, the fading-away flagship comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset and an Adreno 330 GPU. The SoC is supported by a RAM of 2GB and the phone comes in two variants of 16GB and 32GB, but there is room to expand this storage using a microSD card of up to 128GB. The Galaxy S5 has a battery capacity of 2800mAh. As far as photography is concerned, the Galaxy S5 has a 16MP snapper on the rear and a 2.1MP front-facing camera.
The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with quite a number of good additions to this device. You will enjoy better battery management with the Doze feature, have better control over permissions thanks to the enhanced app permissions system, in addition to general improved performance.