Verizon's Galaxy Tab S2 Getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow

After rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to its Samsung Galaxy S5 models just yesterday, the largest US wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless has also started the process of bringing the latest finished version of Google's open source operating system to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet on its network earlier today.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the first Samsung tablet to receive the Marshmallow update on Verizon, but it could also end up being the only one with that privilege as all of the other potential Marshmallow candidates like the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0  are older and often feature somewhat weaker hardware while the newer Samsung tablets will be sold with an already preinstalled version of Android 6.0.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings a lot of new features to the table in comparison to its predecessor, Android 5.1 Lollipop. This next iteration of the Android OS boasts stuff like advanced app permissions, beloved battery-saving mode "Doze", Google Now on Tap, and a lot more. Although Marshmallow initially started rolling out in October of last year, only a month after Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 hit the market, the users of Samsung's tablet on Verizon had to wait for over six months in order to finally install it. If you happen to be one of them, you can finally enjoy all of the great Marshmallow features by installing the new firmware version (T817VVRU2BPE1) via your mobile network, or a Wi-Fi connection. Given the fact that the update package is around a gigabyte in size, it is naturally recommended you do the latter, and then navigate to Settings > About device > Software update.

It's also worth noting that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow roll-out for Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 on Verizon has just started earlier today so you may not be able to update your device right away, as this is a staged rollout. You can, however, manually check for an update by using the method described above whenever you feel like it and the update itself should be available throughout the States by the end of the week. So, if not today, you'll soon be able to join the growing number of Android users running Marshmallow. As Google itself revealed during its last month's Google I/O developer conference, 7.5% of all devices currently accessing Google Play are already running the latest iteration of the Android OS.

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