Several Samsung Galaxy S5 variants have already received the Android 6 Marshmallow update, and over the past couple of months, both Sprint and T-Mobile have launched Marshmallow on their Galaxy S5 models in the US. Today, Verizon finally joins the party as it began pushing Samsung's ex-flagship phone into the land of Marshmallow. The update is available for download OTA (over-the-air) and bumps the software version up to MMB29M.G900VVRU2DPD1.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched in 2014, which means it is older than 24 months and thus it's technically no longer supported for new software updates. However, Samsung managed to breathe more life into the device with the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and now Verizon is ready to launch what could be the final major software update for the Samsung Galaxy S5. There are plenty of new features to look forward to in Android 6.0, including Google Now on Tap, Doze mode which aims to improve battery life, and app permissions. Interestingly enough, Verizon's update also welcomes the inclusion of Wi-Fi Calling on the Galaxy S5. The feature can be activated from "Settings" under "Advanced Calling", and allows users to make and receive calls free of charge over Wi-Fi networks. Verizon's changelog makes mention of Ultra-High-Quality Audio too, offering "audiophile level sound quality" and "improved sound quality for any file type". Lastly and as expected, Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the Samsung Galaxy S5 introduces several changes to the user interface, including redesigned folders and app icons. In closing, it should be noted that Verizon's update is accompanied by a handful of preloaded applications such as Amazon Kindle and Amazon Music, NFL Mobile, Samsung Milk Music, Knox, and a variety of Verizon apps such as VZ Navigator, Verizon Cloud, Verizon Messages and so on.
Once again, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is distributed on Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S5 over-the-air, which means that although the rollout began today, it may take a few more days before the update notification will pop up on all the eligible terminals. The software's reaches will expand gradually to cover more units across the US, but owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Verizon can also try to trigger the update manually from the phone's "Settings" menu.