T-Mobile, the third largest wireless carrier in the US, has reportedly started rolling out Android Marshmallow to the Galaxy Note 5, which was launched last year by South Korea’s Samsung Electronics. The version being rolled out is apparently Android 6.0.1, which is the absolute latest that Google has to offer, notwithstanding Android 'N', which is still at the 'Developer Preview' stage. The April security patches are also apparently included with the update, which is certainly welcome news from the security point of view. While T-Mobile’s support page for the device is yet to be updated to reflect the latest development, some users have already started posting online about the incoming update, which gives us something to go by in the absence of anything official from either T-Mobile or Samsung.
According to reports, the update is already available to download over the air at least for some users, and comes with software version N920TUVV2DPD1. As for the download itself, it comes in at a hefty 1.4 GB, but such large file sizes are becoming increasingly common for major version updates in recent times. Anyways, with Marshmallow finally coming to Samsung’s premium phablet on T-Mobile, users can look forward to a number of interesting new features, although there’s no official changelog to go by at this stage. Having said that though, native Marshmallow feature such as Google Now on Tap, a refreshed app permissions manager and a battery saving feature called Doze are expected to come to the device with this latest update along with some much talked-about changes in the look and feel of TouchWiz.
Even as Android N inches ever closer towards becoming the latest official full-release version of Google’s mobile operating platform, many manufacturers and carriers have still not been able to roll out Android Marshmallow in a timely and systematic manner. While nobody has ever blamed Samsung for being the quickest off the blocks in updating its Android smartphones and tablets, in this case at least, Samsung wasn’t the one holding back the device from getting the new software. That’s because Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, all rolled out Android 6.0 to Samsung’s premium phablet last month itself although it’s only now that T-Mobile is getting around to doing the same.