When is your phone getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow?

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After months of anticipation, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is finally upon us, which means manufacturers are in a rush to determine which of their phones will be bestowed with Google’s latest version of its mobile operating system … and which will be shunned. There are bound to be casualties, but most of the big-name phones will get the update. So let’s dig through it all and find out whether Marshmallow will make it to your smartphone or tablet.


Google Nexus
When Google revealed the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P — both of which will come with the newest version of Marshmallow, Android 6.0.1, pre-installed — the search giant also announced that the following older Nexus devices would receive the update starting on October 5, 2015.
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 9
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus Player
Google’s made the update available for download on the devices’ factory image page.

Unfortunately, Marshmallow will not make its way to the Nexus 4, the original Nexus 7, or the Nexus 10. As such, if you have any of these three devices and want some Marshmallow goodness, you’ll have to turn to the rooting community and get your hands dirty.

In addition, there’s no word on whether most Google Play Edition (GPE) devices — which include the Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE, Moto G GPE, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE — will receive the Marshmallow update.

Motorola
Motorola is also known for its timely updates in recent years, so it’s not surprising to learn that Motorola will bring Marshmallow to a swath of devices early on, which include.

Marshmallow has already begun hitting Moto X (2014) and Pure Edition models in Brazil, India, and Europe. The Moto X Style — the international variant of the Moto X Pure Edition in the U.S. — started receiving the upgrade in the second week of December. Verizon, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular were among the U.S. carriers. Moto X Play users in Brazil and India also started receiving the Marshmallow update in early January.

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition
  • 2015 Moto X Style
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition
  • 2014 Moto X
  • 2015 Moto G
  • 2014 Moto G
  • Moto G with 4G LTE
  • Droid Turbo
  • 2014 Moto Maxx
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6
The Moto G Turbo received the Marshmallow update in India starting January 19. The update also includes Google’s December security patch. The Moto G (3rd gen) started receiving the same update in December, while the release notes for the Moto G (2nd gen) were posted on January 21. That update should start rolling very soon.

The biggest omissions to the list are the U.S. carrier versions of the 2014 Moto X, though Motorola stated that “things may change” on that front. Also missing are both 2014 and 2015 versions of the Moto E, as well as the original Moto X and Moto G. Hopefully these devices will be added in the future.

Asus
Asus, not to be outdone, in November posted an unadulterated list to its ZenTalk community message board of smartphones that’ll make the jump to Marshmallow. That list includes.

The company didn’t, unfortunately, indicate when owners of the aforementioned devices might expect the upgrade.

  • Padfone S
  • ZenFone 2
  • ZenFone 2 Deluxe/SE
  • ZenFone 2 Laser
  • ZenFone Selfie
HTC
In accordance with its 90-day update guarantee, HTC’s promised to upgrade a bunch of devices to Marshmallow in the coming months. It cautioned, though, that updates would be predicated on carrier cooperation.

And as for the Google Play Edition of the One M8? It’ll receive Android Marshmallow in October, HTC Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi confirmed via Twitter. The One M7 isn’t so fortunate: HTC said that the two-year-old phone “falls outside its lifecycle’s window for updates.”

  • One M9
  • One M8
  • One M9+
  • One E9
  • One E9+
  • One E8
  • One ME
  • One M8 EYE
  • Butterfly 3
  • Desire 826
  • Desire 820
  • Desire 816
HTC’s Mo Versi announced on in late December that unlocked One M9 and One A9 devices are receiving the Marshmallow update. The M9 is getting Android 6.0, while the A9 is getting 6.0.1. The M9 requires two updates. The first one preps the device, while the second and much larger (1.21GB) one will bring the software to 6.0.

Mo Versi also announced the One M9 would be getting the update in Canada starting January 18. Carriers include Sasktel, Rogers, Wind, and Videotron.

HTC UK took to Twitter to announce that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now rolling to One M8 devices in that region starting on January 19. One M9 users in the UK won’t be left in the cold for long, though, as the company announced the Marshmallow update will be arriving soon.

The Sprint HTC One M8 is also slated to receive the Marshmallow update starting the week of January 18, according to Mo Versi.

Sony
Sony has stepped up its Android upgrade game over the past several years, and Marshmallow is no exception. In all, the Japan-based electronics maker plans to update a whopping 14 devices — a mix of phones, tablets, and phablets, which date back to as early as March 2014.

Sony hasn’t released anything resembling a timeline for the device updates, but the company has already put the wheels in motion. On Monday, it released Marshmallow binaries — the foundational bits of the upgrade — for the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact.

In January, the Wi-Fi Alliance certified the Xperia Z5 and Z4 Marshmallow updates — an indication that an upgrade rollout’s right around the corner.

  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z3+
  • Xperia Z3
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Xperia Z2
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Xperia M5
  • Xperia C5 Ultra
  • Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Xperia C4
Samsung
So far, Samsung has only said that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will get the update starting February 15. The intrepid folks at SamMobile and YouMobile have obtained lists of smartphones likely to get an upgrade. They caution it’s preliminary.

A Galaxy Note 4 user in Hungary has reported receiving an update to Marshmallow. Still, it’s worth noting that Samsung supports a massive number of phone and tablet variants globally. Differences in hardware and carrier often lead to staggered — and sometimes delayed — upgrades across its portfolio of devices. Be prepared to play the waiting game.

  • Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
  • Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Galaxy S6
  • Galaxy S5 LTE-A
  • Galaxy S5 neo
  • Galaxy S5
  • Galaxy Note Edge
  • Galaxy Note 5
  • Galaxy Note 4
  • Galaxy Alpha
  • Galaxy Tab A
In November, the Times News obtained a roadmap of Samsung’s secondary, “phase 2” round Marshmallow device upgrades. The list includes.

Samsung announced in December that Galaxy S6 and S6 owners in the UK and South Korea can register for a beta program and receive the Marshmallow update well in advance of everyone else. Android 6.0 beta was released in December, and Android 6.0.1 beta was released in mid-January. Unfortunately registrations are closed for all new participants.

  • Galaxy A8
  • Galaxy A7
  • Galaxy A5
  • Galaxy A3
  • Galaxy E7
  • Galaxy E5
In the U.S., T-Mobile’s listed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as on the Android smartphones on its network scheduled to get Marshmallow in the first quarter of this year. And on February 8, the carrier’s Polish division tweeted about a Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

As for the Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus, a leaked timetable pegs February and March as likely months for the newer flagships’ upgrades.

LG
LG said on October 14 that the G4 will get Marshmallow incredibly soon. The update began rolling out to owners in Poland, and then branched out to folks in North America — specifically, those on Sprint. “By working closely with Google, LG has been able to bring Android 6.0 to the G4 ahead of any of our competitors,” said LG’s vice president of marketing Chris Yie in a statement.
  • G4
  • G3
  • G Stylo
LG otherwise remains mum on which of its phones are getting Marshmallow, but support pages on T-Mobile and LG Korea’s website may have spilled the beans. Here are the devices they show.

Neither of the aforementioned sources list the G2, unfortunately, but that’s not entirely unexpected: The G3’s predecessor is just over two years old, which is about LG’s cutoff range for updates.

LG Poland took to Twitter in December to announce that the G3 is receiving the Marshmallow update. Poland continues to be an important testing area for LG, and one can only assume the update fill find its way to more locations if it goes well.

T-Mobile also lists the G4 and G Stylo as devices set to receive updates in the coming weeks.

According to a Reddit user, the Verizon LG G3 (LG-VS985W) started receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in mid-January. The version number is MRA58K and the software version is VS98546A. It should also be noted that this update also includes January security patches from Google.

Huawei
Chinese phone maker Huawei has announced its Marshmallow roadmap, and it appears few within its coterie of handsets will be passed over.

Huawei said in October that updates will begin rolling out in November, and that it expects to complete all upgrades in early 2016. According to the Indian Honor Twitter page, updates should begin rolling out to the 4C, 4X, 6, 6 Plus, and 7 in February.

Here’s the devices it has committed to upgrading..

  • Huawei P8
  • P8 Lite
  • P8 Youth Edition
  • P8 Max
  • G8 (Maimang 4)
  • Mate 7
  • Mate S
  • Ascend P7
  • G7 Plus
  • G7
  • Honor 7
  • Honor 7i
  • Honor 6 Plus
  • Honor 6
  • Honor 4C
  • Honor 4X
  • X2
  • Play 4C
Lenovo
Lenovo’s Marshmallow update plans have remained a mystery until now, but a recent leak on Chinese social media site Weibo has revealed a tentative 2016 roadmap.

Some devices are set to receive the upgrade sooner than others. The K3 Note, X3, and P1 will get Marshmallow in March. The A700 and Vibe S1, meanwhile, won’t be updated until May, and Korean variants may get first dibs.

Lenovo’s yet to comment on the rumor, but we’re expecting official details as the update dates draw closer.

By | 2016-10-21T20:56:04+00:00 February 15th, 2016|Android|Comments Off on When is your phone getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow?
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