Sprint has announced that it has started to roll out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which was launched last year with Android 5.1 Lollipop. The update will be rolled out in a phased manner, and according to Sprint, the process starts today (Thursday, March 24th) and will continue till the 8th of next month, which is when the carrier expects to finish rolling out the new software to all the Note 5 handsets on its network. Along with the all-new version of Android, the latest update will also come with some unspecified bug fixes, but more importantly, the device will also get the latest security patches from both Google and Samsung, which is certainly a reassuring piece of news for the owners of the phablet.
Over the past few weeks, several of Samsung’s premium smartphones from the last couple of years have started receiving Android Marshmallow both in the US and elsewhere around the world, including Europe, South Korea and India. While manufacturers like LG Electronics and HTC were fairly quick to roll out Marshmallow to its smartphones, Samsung’s devices have only started receiving the update over the past few weeks. Apart from the Note 5 on Verizon and now Sprint, some of the other Samsung devices that have started receiving Marshmallow recently include the Galaxy S6 line from last year, as well as the Galaxy S5 and Note Edge from 2014. Now that Samsung has started releasing Marshmallow-based ROMs for its devices, Verizon was reported to have rolled out the update to the Galaxy Note 5 earlier this month, but those using the Note 5 on AT&T and T-Mobile are still waiting on the update.
Coming to the Marshmallow update for Sprint’s Galaxy Note 5, while the carrier hasn’t released a changelog of any description regarding what can be expected from the new software, Marshmallow is likely to bring a whole host of new features to the device, including Google Now on Tap, a revamped app drawer, an all-new app permissions manager and a new battery-saving feature called ‘Doze’ that turns off network connections when the phone is not in use. What’s more, Samsung has also introduced a newer, less resource-heavy version of TouchWiz with Marshmallow that has been widely praised by the media and users alike for being lighter, faster and more intuitive.