Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is basically a variant of the Galaxy S6 with a few modifications on board and specifically designed for the AT&T network.
Having the basic specs of last year’s flagship, Samsung Galaxy S6 Active has some distinctive features from the regular 2015 flagship. Apart from being available through AT&T, S6 Active has three physical navigation keys, plastic outer case, lacks a fingerprint reader, slightly thicker and has a larger battery than the regular S6 smartphone.
With the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update currently rolling out to a number of Samsung Galaxy devices in the market, the Galaxy S6 Active is also not left out. S6 Active was released in June 2015 running on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Later on during the same year in September, AT&T rolled out the Android 5.1.1 update to the S6 Active device. The update came with improved audio and generally enhanced performance.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Galaxy S6 Active
Around November last year, S6 Active was confirmed for the Marshmallow update. This was after the device underwent a series of development and testing phases of the Marshmallow update. Reliable sources indicated that the device would be getting the Android 6.0 update during the first quarter of 2016.
A look at the history of Galaxy Active series reveals that Active series’ devices tend to get updates much later after the regular Galaxy S series. This may be attributed to the less popularity of the phones compared to the main Galaxy S devices. This can actually reveal the probable due date for the S6 Active Marshmallow upgrade.
Around mid-February, Samsung started rolling out the latest OS update to its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge flagships. This, therefore, follows that the AT&T exclusive device will get the Marshmallow update soon after the main Galaxy S6 handsets get it. The exact date is not known but from the records, it is long overdue.
AT&T record of delaying schedule
AT&T has been known for a long time in delayed rolling out of updates to their clients. Guesses have it that the carrier might take up to 90 days to avail the Marshmallow update to the regular Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. For the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, it may take another 15 to 30 days to releases the much-awaited update.
Rough estimations may have March to April as the probable dates for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6 Active. It’s actually very discouraging given that other phones started having the update as early as October last year. Much cannot be said as this is based on AT&T’s observed previous records and they have not issued any official communication.