T-Mobile Poland has confirmed that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge should start receiving the long-awaited Android 6.0 Marshmallow update during the week. The news comes just in time, as part of the Android community has started feeling let-down by the fact that the Android M rollout was so slow that a few weeks before the new Galaxy S7 flagship line-up was launched, owners of the latest devices were still not getting the latest when it comes to software.
Although the confirmation does not necessarily mean we should get excited, it does provide hope for U.S. and European Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge owners, who have been quite enthusiastic about the newest version of Google’s mobile operating system. The announcements, although not referring to an international update rollout, does suggest that Samsung and co. have finished testing and tweaking the OS and the final build is ready to be sent out to handsets.
— T-Mobile Polska (@TMobilePolska) February 8, 2016
Most likely, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge updates will arrive shortly after the new pair of Samsung flagships are launched. These will definitely come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, so it would be quite the blunder for Samsung if their older handsets weren’t getting updated. However, delays are to be expected when it comes to carrier handsets since carriers will carry out (hah) their own tests and tweaks to ensure that their own software suite work with the build released to them by Samsung. Most likely, the update will reach U.S. handsets sometime in March, when the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge should allegedly become available in stores and online. It doesn’t seem likely for the Polish update release to be part of a soak test, seeing as it was announced by T-Mobile, so it’s safe to say that the OS update itself is ready for shipping. How long shipping will take is anyone’s guess, though.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow can be seen on the Galaxy S6 in leaked photos and the software update should bring performance and compatibility optimizations, slight visual improvements impacting the user interface’s flatness and appearance all over, an intuitive app search menu, Pro mode for the camera and more. You can check these photos out over at SamMobile, who have tested the updated OS on all recently launched Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Note 5. Unfortunately, Galaxy S6 users will still have to wait a bit longer to get a hold of the new experience, but hopefully, the wait won’t be long, although I wouldn’t bet on that.
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