Android Marshmallow update: when can I get it?


Update: The Android Marshmallow update is out now for certain devices. It’s just out for the Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9 as well as the Nexus Player. LG is the first third-party manufacturer to force its update through, and it’s out now for those in Poland. The worldwide update timing is still under wraps. Read on for more details. Android Marshmallow is here. There are battery life improvements, greater app permission controls, standardised support for fingerprint scanners, more granular volume controls, USB-C support and new Google Now features, all part of a mix that makes this an exciting upgrade for users. But is your phone actually going to get it?

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The release process for Android updates is more complicated than that for iOS updates, and just because an update has been launched that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have instant access to it. In fact, you probably won’t. It’s down to device manufacturers, and in some countries, like the US, carriers spend quite a bit of time with the new software before releasing it to their phones and tablets. If you own a Nexus device you’re in luck, as the software has landed on those first – and manufacturers like Motorola are generally better at getting updates out quickly. But other manufacturers are a little less predictable. To make the rollout less of a mystery here’s the latest, and constantly updated, information on when Android Marshmallow is likely to land on various devices.

Google and Nexus

Google’s Nexus devices are the first to get the Android Marshmallow upgrade – one of their biggest selling points is speedy updates and stock versions of Android.

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The new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P come with Marshmallow pre-installed, and Google has started rolling out the update to the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, Nexus Player and the whole range of Android One smartphones.


Samsung did a pretty good job of getting Android Lollipop on to its phones rapidly, but it seems to have slowed things down for the Marshmallow launch. According to a leaked roadmap the two latest phones from the company will be getting Marshmallow first, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ set to get the update in December 2015. That roadmap suggests the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will be updated in January 2016. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will then follow in February.

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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the Samsung Galaxy S5 are also set to get the update, but there’s no official date yet. It’s not clear whether handsets older than the Samsung Galaxy S5 will get Android Marshmallow, but it’s a remote possibility for the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Both of these once-high-end phones were updated to Android Lollipop, but they’re now two years old.

As for tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S range has been updated to Android 5.0, and is recent enough that we’d expect a Marshmallow update. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 may well get an update too, but we’re not optimistic about the prospects for most other Samsung slates. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), for example, is still on Android KitKat, despite being relatively recent. It’s possible that it will skip Lollipop and move straight to Android Marshmallow, but there’s nothing yet to suggest that will be the case.


HTC tweeted out what phones will be getting the update, and it came pretty quickly – let’s hope it’s a similar affair for the actual release. Before the end of the year the HTC One M9 and HTC One M8 will see the release of the software.

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It’ll also be updating the HTC One M9+, HTC One E9, HTC One ME, HTC One E8, HTC One M8 EYE, HTC Butterfly 3, HTC Desire 826, HTC Desire 820 and HTC Desire 816. There’s no official word on when it’ll be coming though, it may be 2016 for all of those. HTC started rolling out Android Lollipop to its flagships within 90 days of its arrival, so we could well be in for a similar time frame here. If that’s the case it may start arriving sometime in December 2015.


Sony has updated us on what phones will be getting the Marshmallow update and the Xperia Z1 will be missing out this time. The full list includes the Xperia Z5,Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Sony Xperia Z3+, Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

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The Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4 are also getting Marshmallow goodness.

In terms of what that update will bring, we’ve seen something from the first ‘concept’ to appear for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. Tap to wake – where a quick double knock of the screen will activate the display from sleep – will be enabled, and the ability to connect MIDI devices through USB too.

New keyboards will also be added into the mix to improve tip-typing, and more FLAC (lossless hi-res audio) files will be supported too.

There’s no word on when the updates will starting rolling out to all devices officially, but Sony is well known for doing it slowly so it may be quite the wait. At least concepts are appearing, so the update is in the works.


LG is set to be the first third-party manufacturer to get its Marshmallow updates out of the gate. The LG G4 is set to have the Marshmallow software in Poland in the week starting October 19.

After that it’ll come to America and Europe in time, but there’s no clear path on when the devices will see the upgrade. New features include updated app permissions and two Do Not Disturb modes.

There’s also the new Doze Mode that turns off background apps when the phone is in sleep mode to help save on battery life.

Other LG phones aren’t so certain to get the update – the LG G3 missed out on Android 5.1 but it did appear on a Korean LG support page with a hint of the new software so it may come eventually.

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The rumoured LG G4 Pro may even launch with Android Marshmallow depending on when it arrives, though if not that will likely get updated quite quickly. We’d expect the LG G Flex 2, LG G4c and other fairly recent LG phones will get Android Marshmallow eventually too, though they’ll probably have to wait longer than the G4. It’s even possible that the LG G2 will get it, but we wouldn’t count on it.


As Motorola’s phones run a version of Android which is almost stock there tends to be an expectation that they’ll receive updates in a timely fashion. Sadly there’s no update on when that’ll be yet.

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Android 5.1.1 is the software for the Moto X Style, Moto X Play and Moto G 2015 but all the phones will eventually see the Android Marshmallow software as well. It’ll also come to both the 2014 and 2015 versions of the Moto X Pure Edition, the 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE as well as the European version of the Moto X 2014. On top of that it’ll also come to the Moto MAXX, Moto Turbo, Droid Turbo and the Nexus 6.


OnePlus eventually brought Android Lollipop to the OnePlus One, but it wasn’t very fast about it and with the OnePlus 2 now launching and a new OS just out the gates, we wouldn’t be surprised if the company was a bit busy to be thinking about Android Marshmallow just yet.

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That said we expect some version of it will arrive on the OnePlus 2 and possibly even the OnePlus One eventually, but probably not until sometime in 2016.


If you’ve got a Huawei device you might have quite a wait on your hands for Android Marshmallow, as the majority of its devices are still on Android KitKat or earlier.

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The Huawei P8, Huawei P8 Max and Honor 4X are probably among the most likely handsets to get the update, but even then it may take a while.


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Asus is another company which often isn’t particularly speedy with its updates. The Zenfone 6, Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 4 are only just getting Android Lollipop for example, but nevertheless they are being updated, so we’d expect relatively recent Asus handsets like those ones and the Zenfone 2 will eventually see Android Marshmallow.


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Honor has revealed its update schedule for Marshmallow and its bad news if you have one of the Huawei made handsets. It’s going to be quite a wait. According to Honor India the update is coming to the Honor 7, Honor 6 Plus, Honor 6, Honor 4X and Honor 4C. But that’s not until February next year. And there’s no confirmation the phones will get the update before the end of that month either. It’s just starting then so it may be at any point in 2016.


ZTE doesn’t always bother to update its phones, so if you have one you may have to make do without Android Marshmallow, though the newer and higher profile it is the better your chances of getting the upcoming Android release.

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So there’s a chance the ZTE Blade S6 and the US-focused ZTE Axon will get the update, but the ZTE Blade V and ZTE Blade Q Mini for example probably won’t. What do you get with Android 6.0 Marshmallow? Now you’ve learnt when you’re going to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it’s time to find out what comes with it. We’ve been playing around with the new update and here is a selection of our favorite features. It’s not a big design based update like Lollipop was. Material Design is still in tact here and most of the focus is on new features and a series of bug fixes within the software.

Android Pay

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Technically you can use Android Pay without the Marshmallow software, but having the latest OS is certainly a big help. The update to Marshmallow brings with it fingerprint sensor functionality for the first time. Here you don’t even need to open up an app – you can just unlock your phone with your finger and place the phone on the contactless payment terminal.

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Third-party apps are also supported within Marshmallow making it much easier to buy stuff directly in your Android phone. Problem is it’s only available in the US right now. There are no clear plans for when Android Pay will be rolling out around the world though.

Android Marshmallow fingerprint support

We’ve seen some smartphone manufacturers already include fingerprint scanners in their devices, but with Android Marshmallow Google is making the support standardized across the whole platform.

As well as allowing you to unlock your device and pay for media from the Google Play Store the fingerprint scanning tech is also open to developers.

That means devs can build it into their own applications, allowing you to sign into them without the need for a password, as well as pay for goods using Android Pay.

Android Marshmallow voice controls

Android 6 brings about getting even better voice control thanks to the new Voice Interaction API, which will allow app developers to build voice control directly into their apps.

This means that owners of Android Marshmallow devices will soon be able to speak to their apps – and the apps will even talk back!

One of the examples Google has detailed is with the TuneIn app. A user can say “OK Google, listen to music on TuneIn”, and the TuneIn app will not only load, but will then ask out loud “What genre of music would you like to listen to?”.

The user can then reply with their favourite genre. This natural way of speaking to your smartphone and the apps installed could revolutionise the way we interact with our smartphones.

To demonstrate the potential of Voice Interaction API, Google has released a video, which can be viewed below.

Android Marshmallow battery life

Google has done a load of work surrounding battery life and power in Android Marshmallow, which will be music to many user’s ears. First up Google has cooked up Doze – where your device will use motion detection to realize when it hasn’t moved for an extended period of time and switches to a deeper sleep which consumes much less power.

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Your device won’t be completely useless in this mode, as Doze still allows alarms and key notifications to come through. The search giant says it grabbed two Nexus 9 tablets, one running Lollipop and the other Android Marshmallow, loaded the same apps and settings on both and then tested the standby power drain on the two. Apparently, the Nexus 9 running Android Marshmallow lasted up to two times longer than its Lollipop counterpart. It sounds impressive and we’re hoping it translates to noticeably better battery life on our devices.

Android Marshmallow Now on Tap

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With Android Marshmallow comes an intelligent new assistant feature called Now on Tap. An enhancement to Google Now, Now on Tap lets users access information anywhere on their Android Marshmallow device, no matter what they’re doing.Users can simple tap and hold the home button to pull up a query without leaving the app they’re in or website. If a friend emails you about seeing a movie, for example, Now on Tap could pull up info like ratings, the trailer or even let you buy tickets. You can also look at other apps on your phone, like Yelp or OpenTable, to book a dinner reservation or read reviews about a restaurant your friends wants to try for dinner.

Now on Tap doesn’t just work with a tap for place info: you can also do voice search for more specific queries, like who sings your new favorite song. It’s made app permissions more intuitive, giving users the option to allow or deny specific permissions within an app – rather than having to accept all permissions at once. Currently you have to accept permissions when you download an app, but with Android Marshmallow you won’t be asked to grant access to features until you come to use them for the first time in the app.

That means, for example, you can give WhatsApp access to your camera, but not to your microphone if you wish. You can even revoke access for a particular permission by diving into the settings if you accidentally allowed it. Google has simplified volume controls once again with the Android Marshmallow update, with more granular control over the various audio settings on your device from ringtones and alarms to music playback and voice calls.

Word selection has been made easier too, with Android Marshmallow highlighting text more intuitively, and a floating menu offers controls such as cut, copy and paste at your fingertips, rather than in the toolbar at the top of the display. Fire up the Chrome web browser on Android Marshmallow and you’ll benefit from Chrome Custom Tabs, which let websites customize the toolbar and menu of the Chrome tab to provide dedicated buttons and options.

An example shown on stage at Google IO was Pinterest, which was able to add a “Pin” button to the toolbar on certain pages. App linking has been vastly improved in Android Marshmallow, with Google’s software now more adept at working out whether a link should be opened in a browser or a compatible app. That means fewer “open with” pop up boxes flashing up on screen and generally just getting in the way.

Now it’s just a case of sitting back and waiting for your device to get the Android 6.0 upgrade.


42 thoughts on “Android Marshmallow update: when can I get it?

  1. Maybe I’m ignorant towards Android but I stand by my comment. IOS is easier to understand, easy to use, fast, slick, long term software support with updates, great customer service and support, better app quality. Android, frustrating, buggy, slower, and on this site especially when loading comments section, and frustrating, awful software support only 18 months – 2 years even for Nexus phones unacceptable. Apple is the gold standard for updates and security whether you like it or not.

  2. You seem to be operating on a whole different level of reality, lack of knowledge (refer to your doze statement), and ignorance. Nothing I (the internet, or reality) say will change your opinion. Enjoy your bubble and iOS.

  3. The facts are Android has a security problem and the experience isn’t as smooth, iOS is far more optimised and is easier to use even beyond the basics. Quicker updates, not confusing like Android. I still don’t full understand the ‘Doze’ feature in Marshmallow. I’ve had a lot of frustration with Android first with a Moto G and while it’s not as bad with my Nexus 6,it still isn’t as zippy as iOS and certainly Nexus updates are a joke, Nexus phones can’t even get updates at the same time like everyone getting iOS updates at the same time. There is no excuse. But that’s Android all over. A fragmented disorganised mess, that Google lacks the balls to take control of Android like Apple controls iOS as the make the hardware as well. Plus Google and Android OEMs software support is terrible. Apple us the gold standard for updates and efficiency, and usability and doesn’t confuse customers like Android does. There is a reason why iPhone and I is successful and call the reasons I stated are why.

  4. I’m all for consumer choice 2013 I’m a happy Android user, you should be able to enjoy iOS. But please don’t attempt to rationalize your decision by providing false information. Both platforms have security vulnerabilities, gimmicks, and their share of bullshit software engineering solutions. Simply say

  5. I’m not waiting around. I’m going back iOS early next year and getting me an iPhone 6s Plus. Android, slow, frustrating, confusing and fragmented, security issues, terrible software support. IOS, smooth, fast, slick, fluid and easy to use, long software support, great customer service. Need I say more.

  6. While you’re right, I doubt they’ll keep patching security vulnerabilities on 4.4.4.

  7. i dont care about android m for my Nexus7 1gen. Because lollipop is already almost unusable compared to 4.4.4. So i just downgraded to it, and its super great. When you compare boot up time, its like 5 times longer with 5.1.1 vs 4.4.4. And laggy interface and everything is slower.

  8. The Nexus 5X is meh. The Nexus 6P is a much more compelling phone. Even with THAT black bar at the back.

  9. I am pleased to see it is not just me and my imagination that the android updates are slowing down some devices. I alway question if it is the update or the apps. I have been spoiled with the last few Windows OS updates as they have not made the performance hit one would see in say Windows 95 and Windows XP. I am looking forward to M and am hopeful the new NEXUS 5x is not as prone to shattered screens as my current model has done (it seems any bump on the side edge even with a case resulted in a crack across the screen.

  10. Yes, clearly @techradar needs to get some more accurate and up to date information before the report something as gold. Our family’s three LG G3s all got 5.1.1 (Verizon) a few weeks ago. Great update from 5. I don’t need Marshmallow now. The phones are faster, better battery life, and more stable. I’m very happy on 5.1.1.

  11. Why is all the talk about updates for the latest flagship phones. It Is petty obvious they will get updated 1st. What about the mid range phones that are on sale now like samsung A3/A5 or the core prime will they get updated. Or is it better to wait for the new model to be released with Android M on them?

  12. Found out why my unlocked/unbranded Nexus 6 hadn’t received the Marshmallow update since it was releases several weeks ago. AT&T (was using an AT&T sim and service) slipped in a security update that moved the build number to LMY48W, which is an AT&T build, and this caused my Nexus 6 to follow AT&T’s update stream. I flashed the update unawares because I was expecting the Android 6 update. I had to unlock the bootloader and flash the proper Google software manually. Then relocked the BL so future OTAs would occur. Using Project Fi in my Nexus 6 now, by the way. Never will it ever again see an AT&T sim card.

  13. LG G3’s absolutely did NOT miss out on 5.1. In fact, my family has three LG G3’s and they ALL got 5.1.1 a few weeks ago! So much for reliable info from Tech Radar.

  14. That sucks. I know the Moto G (XT1540) received the Stage Fright fix and is running 5.1. Not sure about XT1034 or later.

  15. My Moto G is unlocked and not with any carrier and when I checked Motorola’s website my phone wasn’t on the list of phones to receive the update to 5.1 so it’s clearly Motorola being slow. Plus my Moto G is vulnerable to Stage Fright.

  16. Your choice of carrier / region might have a lot to do with delayed updates 2013 unless you have the Moto G GPE, in which case /shrug

  17. I have the Moto G 4G 2nd Gen and its still on on Lollipop 5.0.2. I know it shipped with 5.0.2 but Motorola are taking their time with 5.1.

  18. Agreed. I quit using it and switched over to Firefox for Android. Not the best, but better than Chrome.

  19. Remove Google plus remove twitter remove Facebook Facebook and remove DMCA and remove eula and remove nsa and remove the safe harbor worshippers and it’s terrible acts and remove apple technology and remove Skype and remove Microsoft technology and remove netflix and remove DRM and remove Hulu and remove red box and remove the ndaa and remove all copyright acts and remove all the utility bills and insurance commercials and remove all the taxes and fees and remove mpaa and remove riaa and remove IRS and Remove Fbi and remove Sony and remove ACTA and remove COPPA and remove AOL and remove ACA and remove Verizon and remove AT&T and remove etrust and remove FOIA and remove adobe and remove Spotify and remove TPP and remove governments and remove congresses and remove FDA and remove DEA and remove ACLU and remove verisign and remove Kindle and remove nook and remove Mozilla Firefox and remove safari too and save the link from the FCC and remove TRUSTe and remove EME and remove PPACA and remove Obamacare and remove HIPAA and remove CETA and remove TIPP and remove TPP and remove TTIP and remove TISA and remove TTP and remove RTI and remove CALOPPA and remove the Sat ACT and remove Cisco

  20. The OEMs can release as many security fixes as they want. It doesn’t mean the carriers (Verizon in my case) will approve and release them in a timely manner to my phone. I just realized that the new MS Phones are AT&T only. Not ready to jump ship to AT&T so I guess that limits my choices now to Apple iPhones and Google Nexus.

  21. Moto can’t be trusted now aftet they abandonedment of the Moto E, now that they are owned by Lenovo.

  22. Oops, I thought Moto had, sorry. Google and Samsung aren’t the only ones though – LG have made the same promise.

  23. Err that’s no true, only Google and Samsung have publicly said they will be doing monthly security updates.

  24. Most OEMs are now doing monthly security updates for their Android devices now, so if it’s just security you’re worried about, you should be fine with your Droid Turbo from what I gather. I don’t think Win10 mobile is available yet is it?

  25. @@benjamin_owuye_jagun:disqus I agree. I’m not Apple fanboy but they put out a solid phone and support it far better than the rest of the industry. The rest of my family have had iPhones for years and it looks like I’m heading in that direction now too. The only thing I dislike about Apple is they seem far to preoccupied on thinness at the expense of battery life. Everything has its tradeoffs and for me good support has become more important to me than extreme battery life. But I digress. Thanks for thoughts.

  26. Yes, until Google greatly improves their Android updating mechanism, at least for Nexus, I’m going to be buying an iPhone. Just not acceptable any longer.

  27. I read the study. It was a great read. The conclusion of that study report shows what’s wrong with Android as a whole and while Google’s Nexus phones are the quicker than every other OEM with updates and bug fixes, and Security updates, they are still behind Apple when it comes to how quick they deal with updates. Overall I’ve realised that iOS suits me best in how I use my phone anyway and it took me 3 months to realise that.

  28. Very sad. The update seems to be worse in the US,. That’s just it with Android and a lot of Android fans just bury their heads in the sand. Just because there’s been no reports that no one’s been affected yet doesn’t mean we should wait for that to happen. It’s clear that the carriers run Android and not Google and that shouldn’t be the case. Even Nexus updates are that quick but yes they’re quicker than the likes of Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC and Sony. Then there’s the fragmentation it was reported that 23.5% are running Android Lollipop when Google has just released Android 6.0 Marshmallow. I have a Nexus 6 and I don’t have Marshmallow yet. I’m beginning to think Apple’s to better option. I love my Nexus 6 but the periodic updates are just embarrassing, thus should not happen with the Nexus line. Google should easily be able to match Apple here as it’s only a handful of Nexus devices that they have to worry about. No excuses. To add insult to injury Apple is still supporting the iPhone 4S and that’s 4 years old and Google can’t even support its Nexus devices for 3 years, only 22 years not acceptable from Google.

  29. benjamin owuye jagun This is exactly how I feel including the point about rooting. Today Verizon finally pushed out a Stagefright patch to my phone. While no one is apparently using the exploit out in the wild and Google says there’s nothing to fear, it would have been nice to get it sooner than 3 months after it was documented. Sadly, its being reported that the patch fixes Stagefright V1 but not V2. 3 months…sad.

  30. I’d say it’s a straight choice between Nexus or iPhone. Honestly even the rollout for Marshmallow for anyone other than the US is taking longer than I thought and I’m disappointed. When I had my iPhone 5s at least I knew when I’d be getting timely updates and on time and on the same day at least. Sure I know Google does things differently with Android and I’m still getting used to the way updates work with Android. I love my Nexus 6 but it is frustrating waiting for the Marshmallow update. I would have rooted my phone but I have no experience in rooting plus I don’t want to brick my phone. To be honest when it comes to control, security and updates (even if iOS is inferior to Android overall) Apple is miles ahead.

  31. Yep. This is not my first Moto/Verizon Droid phone and the updates weren’t any better in the past. I think what’s changed is my expectations. As much as I love my Droid Turbo, I’m tired of dealing with this update mess. I’m not so much worried about getting the next shiny new feature as much as I am about not getting the next big security vulnerability fix in a timely manner. I’m about ready to jump over to an iPhone just to have the assurance of timely updates even if it means worrying about my battery life every day again. Does anyone have any experiences to share about Windows 10 Mobile updates? If so, I guess my choices to get reasonable updating are Apple iPhone, MS Lumina, or Google Nexus.

  32. Shouldn’t have expected anything different from Verizon form what I gather :/

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