Samsung Begins Rollout Of Android Marshmallow For Galaxy Devicesby Brandon Chester on February 15, 2016 5:08 PM EST
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Today Samsung announced that they are beginning the rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to their Galaxy devices. As expected, the first two devices to be updated are the company's flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. According to the company, there will be announcements going forward clarifying which devices will get the update, and what timeline should be expected when one takes into consideration the carrier verification step of the process.
In addition to the new features that came to Android in version 6.0, the Marshmallow update from Samsung comes with some improvements that are specific to the Galaxy S6 Edge. Most notable is the fact that the panel is no longer limited to the 260 pixel width of the curved part of the display. It can now be expanded to 550 pixels wide, allowing for much more content to be displayed. Samsung has also added some new miniature apps of sorts, which they call quick tools. They include a compass, a flashlight, and my personal favorite for the Edge, a ruler.
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osxandwindows - Monday, February 15, 2016 - linkFirst and last android update for the galaxy S phones of 2015.
osxandwindows - Monday, February 15, 2016 - linkFuck that, it should be.
With the exception of google.
Alexvrb - Monday, February 15, 2016 - linkIt's a shame that some of the OEMs are so focused on pushing you to buy a new device that they intentionally neglect their old ones to make a shiny new phone more attractive. It's a double-shame because I like the LG G series. Then again major Android OS updates tend to murder a phone's overall performance and responsiveness. Aside from maybe something like CyanogenMod.
If it wasn't for the fact that I don't care for Apple's ecosystem, or their pricing for large amounts of local storage (since I can't supplement it with an SD card), I'd consider an iPhone. If Verizon gets something like a Surface phone though, I'd probably buy a new Win10 device.
placeman - Monday, February 15, 2016 - linkYou do understand that the vast majority of phone owners (both Android and iOS) have to idea what version of they are running. Heck most don't even know there are different versions of the OS, let alone caring that they didn't get upgraded post haste.
Chaser - Monday, February 15, 2016 - linkVery true.
But for me I have the Nexus 6P. Works on all major carriers. ZERO carrier or manufacturer bloat. Problem solved.
bigboxes - Monday, February 15, 2016 - linkMe & the missus just hopped on that train. Very happy so far. Just want to root it next.
xdrol - Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - linkWhat do you need routing for?
osxandwindows - Monday, February 15, 2016 - linkUmmm, people on iOS are more aware of what version they are running.
duploxxx - Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - linkyes they are aware on IOS , it becomes severely slower with every update they do :)
Samus - Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - link...and that isn't the case with Android, or any OS update for any computer? OS's become more demanding, that's just how it is. Windows 7 was the only version of Windows ever released that was actually faster than the previous version across the majority of hardware.
What's important is people have a choice to upgrade, if they chose, to get newer features and more secure environment at the cost of performance. iOS and Windows 10 are great examples, even though the later feels forced down peoples throats and iOS has that annoying red symbol over the Settings icon until you update...
But the point is universal. Most Android OEM's don't update their smartphones. Kyocera and Sony were notorious for not even publishing updates for carriers. Samsung's problem has historically been poor carrier relationships, which started improving drastically after the Galaxy S III. Prior to that, few phones, with the exception of the Galaxy S II, were updated to Android 4.0
The great thing about Android phones is they are cheap, so you can replace them often. I don't really understand why anybody would spend more than $300-$350 on an Android smartphone when the experience is mostly universal across all of them. In the case of the iPhone, if I am spending $700 on a phone, it BETTER get updates for 4+ years.