Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates are the talk of the internet as every customer looks for when their device will receive that coveted upgrade from Lollipop to Marshmallow. The other day, Rogers threw out a Marshmallow to owners of the LG G3 – now scheduled for its upgrade as “Coming Soon.” Now Telus has just revised its Marshmallow update schedule with the earliest one showing the Moto G (2015) coming on January 14 – but wait, that was yesterday and still no update. That would fall under the Telus disclaimer – “All dates are approximate and subject to change. See the Software Update Life-Cycle blog post for more information.”
Many love to blame the carrier for delays in software upgrades, but there is a long and complicated process to ensure that the updates do not adversely affect the users’ devices. It all starts with the “Manufacturer Testing,” where device manufacturers and software manufacturers (Google in this case) perform rigorous testing of the new software. Next, there has to be “Internal Network Testing” on the carriers’ end (Telus in this case) to test the stability on their networks. Then after the cellular carriers, device manufacturers and the OS provider all give their approval, it must past “Regulatory Approvals” to ensure the device meets FCC and Industry Canada regulations. Finally, it is “Pushed to [the] Customers.” This process can take from four weeks to six months, especially if unexpected results occur and the process starts over.
Looking ahead to other Telus upgrades to Android 6.0 Marshmallow we see that up and scheduled for January 18 are the HTC One M8 and the HTC One M9, which should receive their Android M Update along with a Security Update. The Alcatel Idol 3 is looking at Audio Bug Fixes and a Security Update on that same day. The next round of updates is scheduled for February 1 – just a Security Update for the Nexus 6P (which already has Marshmallow) and the Android M Update and Security Update for the LG G4. Finally, on March 14, Telus has scheduled the Android M Update and Security Update for the LG G3 – the same device that Rogers is showing as “Coming Soon.” Hopefully, this schedule will be very close to the actual updates so that more users will get to enjoy the Marshmallow goodness.