Samsung Galaxy smartphones started receiving Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow earlier this year and the update is still rolling out up to now.
As far as the flagship world is concerned, the update managed to reach 2014’s Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 as well as last year’s Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ as well as the phablet Galaxy Note 5. Some units of the midrange Samsung Galaxy A and Galaxy J series are yet to receive the Marshmallow update, meaning they are still using Android Lollipop. The story is the same for versions of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as well as Galaxy S5, whose Mini version received the update a few weeks ago.
Samsung is working on an Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as well as last year’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 lineup. However, there is still no mention of the Galaxy Note 4 and S5 as far as the Nougat update is concerned, but the former is likely to get it at some point. But as for now, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is still powering most Samsung Galaxy phones.
Just like it happened with Android Lollipop, Marshmallow brings a bunch of new updates and powerful features to the table, but similar to any other software update, the OS brings its own woes as well. There is no doubt that many are currently loving the jump to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but the story is not the same for others too.
For starters, you need to understand that each OS update comes with its own set of problems that have nothing to do with the former. Some Galaxy Note 5 users have reported issues with the phone’s excessive battery drain, lags in performance as well as problems with the Gear VR. The same problem of excessive battery drain alongside wireless connectivity issues have also been reported by users of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile as well as Sprint. There are those reporting issues with several apps, especially the Amazon app, however, these Marshmallow issues are not just limited to the Galaxy Note 5.
The story is more of the same for Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge as well as Galaxy S6 Edge+ users. Sometimes it gets to cases of random reboots, boot loops, problems with Doze mode as well as syncing issues, among others. As for those on Samsung Galaxy Note 4, it seems some of these problems are also here, including battery issues, Wi-Fi connectivity, boot loops, lags in performance as well as freezes. Samsung Galaxy S5 woes have gone further to include problems with notifications, battery life as well as issues with installation of the update itself.
If you are still using a stable version of Android Lollipop, you better take some time before switching to Android Marshmallow, at least until Samsung takes care of everything to make the OS smooth. This is slowly happening with regular updates that the company avails for devices running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
A number of builds have been rolling out in different countries across the globe and their aim is to try and alleviate some of these problems being faced by Samsung Galaxy Android Marshmallow users. Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge alongside Galaxy A5 2016 are among the smartphones that have already received the latest November Android update. The update takes care of a number of vulnerabilities as well as improves performance, fixes bugs and brings the latest security patch from Google.
Even as the company keeps working on Android 7.0 Nougat, those using Android Marshmallow are not forgotten. With these regular updates, the end product of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow should be a very stable OS that has no bugs and errors. Of course, this will take some time, but it is worth the wait.