Android 6 Marshmallow update: when can I get it?

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Even the Nextbit Robin, a relatively recent phone release, will be getting Android 6 Marshmallow in the coming weeks.

Android Marshmallow is here (for some). There are battery life improvements, greater app permission controls, standardized 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?

The release process for Android updates is more complicated than Apple’s iOS updates, and just because an update has been launched that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have access to it.

In fact, you probably won’t. It’s down to device manufacturers, and in some countries the carriers too, who spend quite a bit of time with the new software before releasing it to their devices.

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If you own a Nexus device you’re in luck, as not surprisingly Google’s new 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.

Here are our top Android Marshmallow tips and tricks

While most phones are still waiting on Marshmallow, we are already seeing the gentle roll out of the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, with new emojis and a few little bug fixes bundled in for good measure.

To make the latest Android update less of a mystery, here’s our constantly updated information on when it’s likely to land on your phone.

Android N release date, news and featuresDisclaimer: This article includes information for the rollout of Android Marshmallow software, but depending on region, mobile operator and carrier it can take longer than expected.Google and Nexus

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Google has updated its Nexus range of products to Android Marshmallow. It includes the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and the whole range of Android One devices. The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P both launched with Android 6 on board.

The developers preview for Android 7 N is already out and you can download it on all the previously mentioned devices – apart from the Nexus 5.

How to download Android N right nowSamsung

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Samsung did a pretty good job of getting Android Lollipop on to its phones rapidly, but it has slowed things down considerably for the Marshmallow launch.

The Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy Note 4 are in the process of getting the update, while the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge launched with Marshmallow pre-installed. The latest phone to start getting the update is the Galaxy S5 – the flagship Samsung phone from 2014.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are the next phones expected to get the update. There’s still no word from Samsung whether the Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 3 will get the update.

As for tablets, we expect the Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 will get the Marshmallow software, but there’s no official word yet.


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The update is in the process of rolling out for those who have the HTC One M9 and HTC One M8.

HTC has confirmed the One A9, Desire Eye and One E9 will also get the Android Marshmallow update but there’s no word on timing yet.

HTC also confirmed back in September 2015 that it will 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. It has taken a long time so far and HTC hasn’t commented on when it’ll be coming either.


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Sony is faring much better, with the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia Z3+ all seeing the Android 6 Marshmallow update rolling out.

The full list of updated phones includes the Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4.

Both the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact will be missing out this time though.


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LG hasn’t shared any official details for the rollout yet, but the LG G4 is already getting the update and the LG G5 launched with Android 6 software already installed.

Other phones that may get the Android 6 Marshmallow upgrade included the LG G3, LG V10, LG G Flex 2 and LG G4c – but there’s no official word yet.

Here’s how to get the Android Marshmallow update on your phoneMotorola, OnePlus, Huawei, Asus and ZTE.Motorola

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Motorola is updating the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto X Force, Moto G 2015, Moto G 2014, Moto E (2nd gen), Moto X 2014 and Moto X Pure Edition (2015).

It’ll also come to the 2014 version of the Moto X Pure Edition, the 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE, the Moto MAXX, Moto Turbo, Droid Turbo and the Nexus 6.


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The company has confirmed that in China the Huawei P8, Huawei P8 Max, Mate S, Ascend Mate 7, P8 Youth Edition, G7, G7 Plus, X2, 4X and Play 4C will be getting Android 6.0 at some point, though it’s uncertain whether they’ll all get updated to it elsewhere in the world. Huawei also hasn’t stated exactly when the Android 6 Marshmallow updates will arrive.


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The OnePlus 2, OnePlus One and OnePlus X will all be receiving the Android 6 update eventually. The OnePlus 2 and OnePlus One will both get it before the end of March 2016, while it’s not clear on the timing of the OnePlus X update just yet.


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The BlackBerry Priv was the first phone from the Canadian manufacturer to feature Android software. BlackBerry told techradar, “We are working on Marshmallow but have no dates to share yet. We are working hard to get there quickly”.


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Asus is another company which often isn’t particularly speedy with its updates. Asus has confirmed to techradar the PadFone S, ZenFone 2, ZenFone 2 Deluxe, ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition, ZenFone 2 Laser, ZenFone Selfie, ZenFone Max and ZenFone Zoom are all set to get the update to Android 6.

As for timing, it won’t be until Q2 2016 so expect it somewhere in between April and the end of June this year.


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Honor has revealed its update schedule for Marshmallow and it’s not going to be long now. We know the Honor 7 will be getting the latest Marshmallow update by the end of March, but the company did promise February before.

The Honor 6, Honor 6 Plus, Honor 4X and Honor 5X will get the update in April 2016.


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ZTE doesn’t always bother to update its phones, so if you have one you may have to make do without Android Marshmallow. The ZTE Axon Pro is getting the Marshmallow update, but that seems to be it.


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The Nvidia Shield Tablet ATV is already receiving the Android 6 Marshmallow update. It will then come to the Shield Tablet K1 and the original Shield tablet, but so far it’s unclear when.

Other manufacturers

Nextbit currently has one phone, the Nextbit Robin, and it will soon see the update to Android 6 Marshmallow. The Robin was released at the end of February running Android Lollipop, but Nextbit has now confirmed it will start rolling out the update in the second half of April.

Prepare for your Android 6 update with these tips and tricksWhat do you get with Android 6.0 Marshmallow?

While you’re waiting to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you’d probably like to know more about the new features it incorporates. We’ve been playing around with the new OS, and here are some of our favorite features.

It’s not a big design-based update like Lollipop was. Material Design is still intact here, and most of the focus is on new features and bug fixes.

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, so you don’t even need to open up an app – you can just unlock your phone with your finger and place it on the contactless payment terminal.

Third-party apps are also supported within Marshmallow, making it much easier to buy stuff directly in your Android phone.

However, Android Pay is only available in the US right now, and there are no clear plans for when it’ll be rolling out around the world.

Android Marshmallow fingerprint support

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

You can use a fingerprint scanner to unlock your device and pay for media from the Google Play Store, and the fingerprint scanning tech is also open to developers. That means devs can build it into their own applications, enabling you to sign into them without a password and pay for goods using Android Pay.

Android Marshmallow voice controls

Android 6.0 opens the way for improved voice control features thanks to the new Voice Interaction API, which will enable app developers to build voice control directly into their apps.

This means 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 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 “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 our smartphone and the apps installed on it could revolutionise the way we interact with our devices.

Google has released a video to demonstrate the potential of Voice Interaction API, which you can view below.

Android Marshmallow battery life

Google has done a lot of work in the areas of battery life and power in Android Marshmallow, which will be music to many users’ ears.

First up Google has developed the Doze feature. Your device will use motion sensors to detect when it hasn’t been moved for an extended period of time, and will switch to a deeper sleep mode that consumes much less power.

Your device won’t be completely useless in this mode, however, as Doze still allows for alarms to go off and key notifications to come through.

Google says it took 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 for our devices.

Android Marshmallow Now on Tap

With Android Marshmallow comes an intelligent new assistant feature called Now on Tap. An enhancement to Google Now, Now on Tap enables users to access information anywhere on their Android Marshmallow device, no matter what they’re doing.

Users can simply tap and hold the home button to pull up a query without leaving the app or website they’re in. If a friend emails you about seeing a movie, for example, Now on Tap could pull up info such as ratings or the trailer, or even enable you to 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 a friend has suggested.

And Now on Tap isn’t just for basic info – you can also use voice searches for more specific queries, such as finding out who sings a particular song.

Android Marshmallow permissions

App permissions are more intuitive in Marshmallow, 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, that 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’ve accidentally allowed it.

More new features on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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 enables websites to 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 getting in the way.

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


50 thoughts on “Android 6 Marshmallow update: when can I get it?

  1. Apple is not worried, they know you’ll break your screen after 1, when you go to repair it the price is strangely the same price of a new device on a 2 year plan… Sorry I had to, you know its true haha, but good on Apple for that commitment seriously.

  2. This is why I have an iPhone. Guaranteed updates for at least six years, if not longer.

  3. Just got my Marshmallow update through, LG G4 in the UK on EE Usability is much better from my point of view. Only have to Knock on now to use voice commands. I have yet to look at anything past that. LG are among those running monthly upgrades as well. Main reason I switched from Sammy was the poor update service. LG have delivered as promised, considering the update had to go through EE first I am quite pleased with the time frame.

  4. Kinda miffed my HTC M8 (last generation) has Android 6, while my Samsung Edge has 5.1.1 which is their flagship phone WTF.

  5. I don’t know if Google has released a version of MM for the S4 yet. If it does happen, it would probably take place late this year. By the time Samsung and Verizon Wireless finish doing their respective things, it might not see the light of day until 2017. By that time, I hope to have retired my VZW S4 and moved on to a phone from a different manufacturer running a different OS.

  6. Which is why it’s obnoxious that Verizon won’t put Marshmallow on the S4.

  7. Can you change external SD card to internal storage with Android 6 marshmallow update?

  8. I can confirm that ZTE’s Axon Pro has just received Android Marshmallow 6.0.

  9. I wouldn’t worry about not being on Marshmallow. My Nexus 6P has terrible Gmail syncing problems, patchy Android Wear connection and dodgy Bluetooth. I didn’t have problems like this with Lollipop on my last phone.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. The opposite is true for me. The new Nexus 6P is superior to any other phone i’ve had including the iPhone 6 and the LG G4.

  17. I understand what you are saying however the nexus devices have always fell just short for me. Along with the Moto devices. Just not quite up there.

  18. More of a reason to just get a Nexus device. I don’t understand how people still get tied down to carriers and contracts with all the bloatware and insane prices. Seems so arcaic, not to mention the lack of speedy updates because of carrier restrictions. Screw all of that just get a NEXUS off of contract and pay for a prepaid plan for $55 4gb of data and be done with it.

  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. @@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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. I think you meant 22 months. 22 years would be a very long time to have support for updates on a smartphone, let alone if it would physically work that long.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. I’ve had relatively good luck with my S4. One of the things that does chafe though is the

  28. Good to know all of this. I’ve actually really enjoyed my Motorola Turbo phone. Solid hardware, great voice interaction, active display is really useful, wireless charging, and of course the huge battery. I can have every battery hogging feature turned on and not worry about running out of juice. I’ve just have grown intolerant of the slow OS updates/patches. No way of knowing if its Verizon’s or Motorola’s fault. But I’ll be getting an iPhone if Microsoft or the Android phone manufactures can’t fix the updating issue under Verizon. My apps needs are pretty simple too so I’m not asking for much. I just want my OS patched in a timely manner when a vulnerability is found.

  29. Based on the discussions on Verizon Wireless’s community boards, apparently it costs more to certify and license for CDMA as opposed to GSM. VZW is slowly transitioning away from CDMA as BYOD ramps up. Phones designed for other providers…such as at&t…will need to be able to access VZW’s LTE network. Otherwise they can’t be brought over. I agree that Microsoft will make a carrier push with the Surface Phone. I would have no qualms about purchasing a Surface Phone despite the knowledge that it won’t garner large sales figures. My app needs are fairly small. Microsoft has said that it wants to be able to deliver updates directly to devices and bypass the carriers. Verizon Wireless has a reputation for being slow to deliver updates.

  30. Good info. Paul C. Certainly MS understands GSM only is not going to win them marketshare in the US. Perhaps they are waiting until they have a Surface Phone brand to make another large marketing push in the US on all carriers. Or they don’t feel they need to win the already saturated US market battle and are looking to the larger developing world market for future growth. Who knows. I just know my next phone will need to support timely updates (ala iPhone) for me to consider it.

  31. Microsoft is taking a limited/restricted approach with the latest Windows Phones. The Lumia 550, 650s and the 950s are strictly GSM units. None are compatible with Verizon Wireless and Sprint on the radio and LTE fronts. I’m not overly happy with how Lollipop runs on my Samsung Galaxy S4, so, if Microsoft releases a VZW compatible version of the expected Surface Phone, I’m switching.

  32. Nexus 6P, you won’t regret it, its fabulous! frost white with a transparent clear case for the win.

  33. 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.

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

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

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

  37. 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?

  38. 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.

  39. Verizon,seems they dont like to upgrade phones.. took a month from 5.0 to 5.1 , only problem i had with that was couldnt use wifi, had to use data which barely works in the town where i live.

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

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