It has been a while since Android 6.0 Marshmallow came to life; however, it is only now that users of Samsung Galaxy S6 and the curved S6 Edge on Verizon can download the latest OS to their devices.
This has taken about six months to happen, given that Google Nexus devices started receiving the OS back in 2015. The delay in rolling out software updates has been associated with both carriers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). This is true because once Google is done with the OS; it surrenders it to smartphone manufacturers who take it through rigorous tests while at the same time adding their own tweaks. When done, OEMs push the finished product to carriers, who also take the same software through several tests and even make their own tweaks as well.
As far as Samsung Galaxy S6 Marshmallow update is concerned, all of these have been taken care of. The new Android 6.0.1 M update on Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge also comes along with the usual monthly Android security updates. This update has long been coming after it showed up in the home country of South Korea almost a month ago. Verizon started pushing the Marshmallow update to Samsung Galaxy Note 5 devices in early March, coming in as the first carrier to roll out the update to this device in the U.S. Attention has now turned to last year’s flagships – Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Major features of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
As mentioned earlier, the latest version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow doesn’t just bring a new firmware to Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The update is also equipped with the monthly security patches for both devices.
In addition to this, the new Marshmallow OS also brings quite a number of refreshing features for last year’s Samsung Galaxy flagship. There is a new Google Now on Tap that anticipates your needs at any given moment. All you need is to tap and you’ll get lots of information via cards as well as apps that take care of your needs. Another fantastic addition courtesy of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is the Doze feature. This feature will automatically switch your Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge into sleep mode whenever it detects that the phone is at rest. With this, a lot of battery power will be conserved.
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow also eliminates the bossy nature of apps where they demand access to all permissions in order to be installed on a device. Here, users will now have the liberty to choose when to (and not to) give apps certain permissions.
If the update hasn’t reached your Verizon-based Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, head to your phone’s Settings>About Device>Software Update and from here, you’ll be able to tell whether the update is ready to be downloaded to your device or not.