The highly anticipated Android 6.0 mobile OS also known as ‘Marshmallow’ was officially rolled out for Google’s Nexus, 5, 6, 7, 9 and Nexus Play on October 5. While Nexus 6P and 5X will get the OS from factory, other Android-powered devices may have to wait depending on various factors.
Unlike Apple’s OS updates which hit all systems including smartphones, iPads, and iPods at once, Android upgrades are a little messier. Google’s Nexus devices are first in line to get the updates, but other gadgets need to wait and no one knows exactly for how long.
For instance, unlocked handsets get the operating system update faster than devices obtained from a carrier. Carriers need to test the updates first, approve them, and release them throughout the network. This is why the updates on those devices can take weeks if not months to complete.
But the overall update time can take years for Android devices because Google needs to send the new versions of its OS to phone chipmakers and handset manufacturers to make sure they are compatible with different builds and skins of Android-powered devices.
Unlike, Apple’s gadgets Android devices are very different from one another and manufacturers have unique ways of building them.
Additionally, older devices may not get the update at all for being technically obsolete. For instance, Nexus 4, the first Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 won’t get the update.
HTC recently announced that most of its devices will be updated by this year’s end including HTC One M8 and M9. Additionally, HTC’s forthcoming phone, slated to be released Oct. 20, will have Android 6.0 preinstalled.
Motorola provided a list with devices that will get the new OS including the Moto X Pure Edition, Moto X Play, and Moto X Style, but it declined to provide approximate dates for the release. We expect the update process to be complete in early 2016.
Sony said that nearly all its Xperia line would get the update, but the process would depend on each individual carrier.
LG didn’t provide details on which devices will run Android Marshmallow. We suspect that LG G4 and G3 will receive it, but we aren’t that sure about LG G2 or the recently-released LG V10.
Samsung remained silent on the topic, but we are 100% sure that Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will embrace Marshmallow. There are high chances that Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Note 5 to get the update also. We do not know yet whether Galaxy S3 and S4 and Note 2 and 3 would be excepted.
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