Waiting for Marshmallow? When You’ll Get the Android Update
The system that Google uses to get the latest Android update to your smartphone is notoriously broken. Android Marshmallow arrived late in 2015, and Android N is already on its way. According to the latest data on how many Android users are running each version of Android, just over 10% of Android users are running Android Marshmallow. That’s a pretty low number, and the low adoption is in no small part due to the fact that not every compatible phone gets an Android update at the same time.
Unlocked phones get an Android update before phones sold by a carrier, since each carrier needs to receive, test, and approve the update before rolling it out to its customers. But before that, as Sarah Mitroff reported for CNET late in 2015, each Android update has to go from Google to smartphone chip makers and then to smartphone manufacturers. Thanks to the wide array of Android phones and the huge assortment of carriers worldwide, the entire Android update process can take months, or even years. And that’s to say nothing of the fact that many manufacturers no longer support their older devices, and will never get the Android update in question.
If your phone still hasn’t gotten an Android update for Android Marshmallow, you may be wondering when you can expect it to arrive. Paul Briden reports for Know Your Mobile that there are some creative ways around the waiting game — like rooting your phone and installing custom ROMs, or getting a new phone each year — but neither of those options is practical for most people. So if you’re alright waiting, you probably just want to know when you should expect your Android update. Ahead, here are the Android update schedules for popular phones from major manufacturers.
As AndroidPit reports, Asus is rolling out an Android update for the ZE551ML and ZE550ML variants of the Zenfone 2. The 1.1GB update includes a variety of performance updates, and also removes a significant amount of bloatware. Marshmallow updates are also available for the ZE500KG, ZE500KL, ZE 550KL, ZE551KL, ZE600KL, and ZE601K variants of the Zenfone 2 Laser and for the Zenfone Max ZC550KL. Updates are also confirmed for the Padrone PF500KL, the Zenfone 2 Deluxe and special edition ZE551ML, the Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL, and the Zenfone Zoom ZX551 ML.
Blackberry’s only Android device, the Blackberry Priv, began to see the Android update for Marshmallow at the start of May. Blackberry began rolling out the update less than a month after it began beta-testing the release. At the time, the company boasted that this was consistent with its choice to be “aggressive in rolling out Android security updates faster than most Android device manufacturers.” The update adds important privacy and security features, plus an enhanced BlackBerry keyboard, revamped notifications, and upgrades to battery life and camera performance.
The Android update for Marshmallow rolled out to Google’s Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 9 in October 2015. The same month, Google introduced the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, which run Marshmallow out of the box (and therefore don’t need the Android update this time around). The update to Marshmallow adds quick camera launch for the Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 9, which means that double-pressing the power button should launch the camera. (However, AndroidPit notes that it’s a gamble whether the gesture will launch the camera or put your device to sleep.) Nexus devices that aren’t getting an Android update to Marshmallow are the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), and the Nexus 10.
An Android update that brings Marshmallow to HTC devices is in the process of rolling out to the manufacturer’s various phones. The update is available for the HTC One M9 and the HTC One M8, and AndroidPit reports that it’s in the process of being rolled out to the HTC One E8 and HTC One M8 Eye. This Android update has also been confirmed for a number of other HTC phones, including the HTC One M9+, HTC One E9+, HTC One E9, HTC One ME, HTC One Butterfly 3, HTC Desire 826, HTC One 820, and HTC Desire 816. However, it won’t be made available for the HTC One Mini 2, HTC One M7, or HTC One Mini.
After Google, LG was the first Android phone maker to update one of its phones with an Android update to Android Marshmallow. LG G4 owners in Poland began to receive the update in October, but the process hit some technical difficulties and was delayed. LG G4 owners in Europe and Korea have since received the update, and T-Mobile lists the G3, G4, G Stylo as devices that can now download this Android update. Pocket-Lint notes that other U.S. carriers have followed T-Mobile in rolling out this Android update for the LG G4, and the LG G3 began to receive the update in March.
Pocket-Lint reports that Motorola is typically a fast manufacturer when it comes to rolling out an Android update, and in some cases, has updated as fast or faster than some Nexus models. An Android update to Android Marshmallow has been confirmed for a number of different Motorola phones. So far, the update is available for the Moto X Pure Edition and the Droid Turbo 2. It’s confirmed but yet to be rolled out for the Moto X Play, Moto X Style, Moto X (2014), Moto G (2015), Moto G (2014), Moto G (2014) LTE, and the Moto E (2015) in select regions.
According to AndroidPit, OnePlus is in the final stages of testing an Android update for the OnePlus One. A tweet from cofounder Carl Pei reveals that the update to Marshmallow should be arriving “very soon.” Android Central reports that the OnePlus 2 is finally receiving the official Android update to Marshmallow, and the OnePlus X is also expected to get the update.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge began receiving an Android update for Marshmallow in February, at which point the company said that updates for other Galaxy devices would soon follow. According to a leaked list of devices that the company has been testing Marshmallow on, this Android update has been “approved” for the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S6 Edge+, the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy Note 4, and the Galaxy Note Edge. Users of various Samsung phones have begun to receive the Marshmallow release in various markets, which is a good sign for U.S.-based customers still waiting for the Android update. However, the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 will not receive the update.
Sony’s rollout of Marshmallow updates for its phones has been slower than expected, but an Android update is confirmed for the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia M4 Aqua, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia C4, Xperia Z4 tablet, and Xperia M5. The Marshmallow rollout has already begun for the Xperia Z5 series, the Z4 Tablet, and the Z3+, though users in different locations are receiving the update at different times.