While HTC and LG had started rolling out Marshmallow to their respective smartphones a long while back, Samsung only started its Android 6.0 rollout recently. All four of Samsung’s premium smartphones from last year have started getting the new ROMs in one region of the world or another, and now, it is the turn of UK residents to experience the sweet taste of Marshmallow on their premium Galaxy smartphones. Reports on Monday seem to indicate that Vodafone is the first carrier in the country to be rolling out Android 6.0.1 (build number XXU3DPB8) to the Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F) and Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925F) on its network. Curiously enough, users of the factory-unlocked versions of the phone are yet to start receiving the latest update, but it should only be a matter of time now before that happens.
Samsung had been running a beta-test program for the Marshmallow ROM on its Galaxy S-series smartphones since late last year, and earlier this month, multiple reports from users in the US and elsewhere suggested that the company had indeed started to rollout the much-expected update to a number of smartphones, including the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5. However, users of the Note 5 have complained about a number of issues since updating to Marshmallow, including battery drain as also compatibility issues with Gear VR. Hopefully though, Samsung will be able to iron out these issues with future updates.
While Marshmallow on Samsung’s current handsets is certainly something to be excited about, the South Korean company recently unveiled its latest flagship smartphones – the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Both these devices come pre-loaded with Marshmallow, so with the latest round of updates, a lot of premium Samsung handsets will now have Android 6.0 running on them. Either way, for those in the UK wondering about how long they’ll have to wait to get the latest update on their handsets, you can go over to Settings > About Device > Software Updates to check manually if you haven’t got the notifications already. Non-Vodafone users need not worry either as the update is likely to roll out fairly soon on other carriers in the region as well.