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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update: When will my phone get it?

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Android Marshmallow 6.0: Find out when your Samsung, Sony, HTC and LG smartphones are getting it

Marshmallow is our favourite version of Android yet. It's a slick looking update that improves battery, increases internal storage and tidies up further the once ugly operating system.

It's nearing six months since Google let Android version 6 wild on Nexus devices. Since then we've seen a whole load of other devices get the update, but it's been a typically slow rollout. We've also seen new flagships debut with the software, from Samsung's Galaxy S7 to the HTC 10.

But is it ready to download on your phone yet? Let's take a look.

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OnePlus

Co-founder of OnePlus Carl Pei has revealed that the brand's current flagship, the OnePlus Two, will be getting Android 6.0 in the first quarter of 2016. OnePlus One owners aren't out of luck either, as that phone should also be getting some Marshmallow love early next year.

The news is less concrete for those who have just picked up a OnePlus X. While Pei did confirm the update is coming, it doesn't have a timeframe yet.

Nexus phones

Android 6.0 debuted with Google's latest smartphones, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the first in line for an upgrade will be their immediate predecessors.

Google has already started the Android 6.0 over-the-air rolllout for Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 handsets, so you should start seeing prompts to update soon. If you haven't seen them already.

Of course, the Nexus range is about more than just those two phones. It'll also be rolling out to the Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 9 tablets soon.

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One M9

HTC

Good old HTC. As much as it's struggling (and boy is it struggling), it always provides quick and clear information on its Android update plans.

Sure enough, the company swiftly HTC One M9 and HTC One M8 are listed as receiving their updates "beginning end of 2015," so presumably they'll be up first. Then you have the HTC One M9+, HTC One E9+, HTC One E9, HTC One ME, HTC One E8, HTC One M8 Eye, and a trio of Desires to follow.

If you want an HTC toting Marshmallow right away, the brand has the A9 – which is basically an iPhone 6S clone running Android 6.0.

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UPDATE – 2/12/2015: HTC One M8 owners listen up, it has been reported that you'll be picking up the Marshmallow update before those M9 toting folk. Possibly as soon as in the next two weeks.

UPDATE – 19/1/2016: It might be slightly later than we said above, but HTC has said that it is rolling out the update M8 owners now with the newer M9 getting it 'soon after'.

UPDATE - 15/2/16: HTC UK confirmed that it had begun updating unlocked HTC One M9 handsets in late January.

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Samsung

Samsung's Android updates tend to be drawn-out affairs, as the company has to work to tweak its own custom TouchWiz UI on top of new Google software. It's not alone on that front, of course.

However, last year's Android 5.0 update came relatively swiftly, just a month after it was released by Google. Of course, it didn't roll out to the entire Samsung range.

Thanks to a recent leak, we now have what looks like a complete timetable of when Sammy's phones should get the Marshmallow update.

Things kick-off with the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ in December 2015, with the S6 and S6 Edge following on in January next year. Both the Note 4 and Note Edge should get it in February, while the S5 and Galaxy Alpha are still 'waiting for approval'.

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Update - 15/02/16: Samsung has announced that Android 6.0 is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge from today. Other Galaxy devices will soon follow.

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LG G4

LG

In 2015, the South Korean manufacturer was one of the quickest off the mark, providing the LG G3 (or at least those in Poland) with the update on November 10 - around a week after Google officially rolled it out.

And it looks like it will be speedy again getting Marshmallow out. Users (in Poland, you lucky people) should see the update soon, making it one of the first non-Nexus device to recieve it. LG says it'll roll-out to users across other regions shortly after.

LG has also started rolling out Marshmallow to users in South Korea, so it's getting closer to a wider release.

Marshmallow will launch on the LG G5 when it goes on sale in April.

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Motorola

Motorola is another company that's quick off the mark with its Android updates, partly because it used to be part of the Google family, but mainly because it makes minimal alterations to stock Android.

The company has already announced that the following phones will get Marshmallow: Moto X Pure/Style, Moto X Play, Moto G (Gen 2 and 3), Moto X (2014), Moto Turbo, Moto Maxx, Droid Turbo and Droid Maxx. When will they get the update? We'll have to wait and see.

Update - 17/12/2015: Moto X (2014) owners listen up, users in India are starting to see the Marshmallow update hit, so it shouldn't be long before it gets a wider release.

Update - 14/01/2015: Our unlocked Moto X Style has also seen an update to Marshmallow in the past few weeks, so get checking that update screen.

Update - 15/02/16: The Moto G (2nd gen) is in the process of receiving a Marshmallow update now, according to Motorola.

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Xperia Z3

Sony

After promising a fairly swift update, it took the company months to get around to updating all of its customers to Lollipop.

Having said that, it's worth mentioning that Android 5.0 didn't launch in a particularly solid state, whereas we're hopeful that Android 6.0 will be much less buggy.

Sony has announced that the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4 will all get the Marshmallow update, but we're not sure when.

Update - 15/01/16: The Sony Xperia Z5 is apparently getting its Marshmallow update in Turkey. Expect a global rollout to this and the rest of the range soon.

Huawei

Now that Huawei has joined the Nexus family, taking on design duties for the Nexus 6P, we'd expect it to have a jump start on the rest (along with LG) on the Android 6.0 upgrade front.

Or at least, we would if it had better form with this sort of thing. Some Huawei customers are still waiting for Android 5.0 on their phones.

The Chinese manufacturer has said that the Huawei P8 will be the first of its phones to receive Marshmallow, but it hasn't offered any indication as to when.

Huawei's latest device, the Mate 8, is the brand's first phone to coming Android Marshmallow out of the box.

Update - 15/02/16: Huawei has announced that the Honor 7 will be getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow within the next two weeks.

Android Wear

We've mainly looked at phones so far, but Marshmallow will also be coming to watches. Google has started rolling out Marshmallow to Android Wear devices. LG's Urbane 2 LTE was the first wearable to pick up the update, but that device was suddenly cancelled.

Update - 15/02/16: The original Moto 360 is now getting its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.

Android One

Sort of like Nexus devices, but way cheaper Android One labelled phones are some of the first to get updates as soon as they're released from Google. In-fact, a few Android One phones are already seeing Android 6.0.1 which we guess will just be bug-fixes.

What are you thoughts on Android Marshmallow? Let us know in the comments below.

Zubeir

October 2, 2015, 11:34 am

I wouldn't bet on Samsung doing updates quick enough. With so many variations of one model of handset rollout, the update take forever. My UK note 4 sim free is still waiting for the lollipop 5.1.1 update and Marshmallow has already been released. The rollout plan is a mess and it doesn't matter if your handset was launched later than other models. Note to self(pardon the pun), avoid Samsung mobile devices if you want regular s/w updates. Once they have flogged you the device and taken your money it's bye bye) The beloved S3,one of their best selling handsets could have had kit kat 4.4 or lollipop officially, but they fobbed off everybody saying that their were issues due to memory size on the device. Owners of the Motorola Moto G with 1gb and slower processor have lollipop updates.Samsung bloatware is the problem. I will get off my soap box now.

Big Bad John26

October 2, 2015, 12:36 pm

Here in the US my Note 4 5.1.1 update was almost 2 months ago. My Edge+ was immediate on opening the box or maybe a day later. I got the Edge+ the day it came out. Best phone I've ever had after being loyal to HTC I refused to wait for a 5.7" screen. I still haven't seen where HTC has a phablet being released. I probably will not buy another HTC phone as my Edge+ runs circles around anything HTC has ever made.

toboev

October 2, 2015, 4:15 pm

So if they can update the US version of the Note 4 to 5.1.1. months ago, what is the problem with rolling it out to the rest of us (eg UK)? Is it a deliberate policy to hack off customers? Is there some onerous cost involved in pressing the required button? Or is it just sheer cussedness?

shumayal

October 2, 2015, 5:48 pm

Go Sony Go #XperiaC4 :)

Zubeir

October 2, 2015, 7:09 pm

Over time other Samsung owners will learn about how crap Samsung are with their support and updates. Their sales overall have dropped in many countries including a drop in Germany. The price of the S6 has almost halved and soon it will be forgotten. They just keep releasing new handsets when sales drops. And so the cycle continues....

Big Bad John26

October 2, 2015, 11:09 pm

I'm not involved in roll out decisions and I too would be upset with your situation. There have been times when Google sent out OTA updates to different parts of the world before here in the US. I don't even think UK is going to see the new Note 5. There doesn't seem to be a rhyme or reason for what Samsung does. We are at the mercy of Google, Samsung, and our carrier in regards to when we get these updates. I'm with Sprint (a CDMA carrier). Seems to me Sprint doesn't send them out as quick. I'm sure we will all love Marshmallow whenever we finally get it. :-)

Big Bad John26

October 2, 2015, 11:12 pm

I'm sure there are phone manufactures that sell in Germany and here in the US we've never heard of them because they aren't offered, This is my first Samsung (Edge+) and after years of HTC it is a refreshing switch. It's easily the best phone I've ever owned. I've received security updates twice in the last 1.5 months from Samsung.

Mayur Tikas

October 3, 2015, 2:27 am

And what about Android one phone are those getting marshmallow

onstrike112

October 3, 2015, 5:35 am

The answer is "never" because Androids get left in the dust by the time they're even 1/10th of the way through their hardware's operational lifespan.

Wolf

October 3, 2015, 4:27 pm

check the Full list of android smartphones from all the manufacturer getting the marshmallow update. here- Just Google it out. Type "List Of Android Devices to Get Marshmallow Update - MyTechAlbum"

Or type mytechalbum(dot)com and check it there.. :D

ricardo brito

October 3, 2015, 9:41 pm

I am out windows is the way to go nexus 2012 galaxy 1 latest android for me windows all get updates so I defecate defecate in Android

MenAreLikeWine

October 3, 2015, 10:05 pm

I've just gotten rid of a Note 4 and switched to a Nexus. I'll never go back to Samsung again.

The whole KNOX e-fuse thing for me was the final straw.

Mikikoto

October 4, 2015, 1:01 am

What? Windows phone 7 users were left with NO support when Windows phone 8 came out and windows phone 8 users were left with NO support when Windows phone 10 came out. You can't even sideload the update or root your device to push a update ROM which I can do on Android. Your argument really holds no water

CH1NNV

October 5, 2015, 5:07 am

You should be more specific, that's a sweeping generalisation. Nexus are Android, Google don't leave them behind. You need to point the finger at specific manufacturers.
Could have it worse you know...at least you're not using an iPhone 5S trying to update to iOS 9, then Apple would tell you your handset is fine for the updates but in fact it kills it...had a couple of colleagues and family members suffer with that. That's underhand Apple tactics, forcing people to upgrade. At least with Android you can just flash a new ROM in a few minutes if things go tits up...most Apple users wouldn't be able to fix their issues without a "Genius".

onstrike112

October 5, 2015, 5:04 pm

That's why I use a BlackBerry because they're actually capable of delivering timely updates, which is something Google does NOT do on Android, and I have a more secure device.

CH1NNV

October 5, 2015, 5:28 pm

Being a Nexus user, I can claim quite the opposite. Google do deliver timely updates when you have a device that isn't from a carrier, its the carrier updates that slow things down you see.

And the downside to your more secure device. Is it's a BlackBerry. I've been an Android user for 5-6 years, I've not had one bit of malware, not had my device or information compromised in anyway, I've been rooted, I've installed applications from "untrusted" sources... A device is as secure as the person using it.

onstrike112

October 5, 2015, 5:30 pm

What's the downside to a BlackBerry? I have the most secure, trusted device out there that actually has a physical keyboard. You have a virtual keyboard, which sucks.

CH1NNV

October 5, 2015, 5:58 pm

I had one as a company phone for a year.

They're terrible.

And keyboard is a matter of opinion. Not taking your bait.

Bore someone else.

onstrike112

October 5, 2015, 6:02 pm

Yeah, probably in 2009 which means nothing for what their phones are like today. You're a fool.

If you can't see how a physical keyboard is better, then I can't help you get past your idiotic devotion to everything Google tells you.

CH1NNV

October 5, 2015, 6:19 pm

Ah there you go guessing and speculating.

It was last year, oh and I work in the Enterprise mobile space and handle and test more devices than you could imagine.

There is no idiotic devotion to anyone, more speculation. I haven't said I exclusively use one OS.

Like I said, off you go. You have not a clue.

onstrike112

October 5, 2015, 6:27 pm

So you claim BlackBerry 10 doesn't get updates? How? I literally just did an update not 20 minutes ago, and have had five now since I bought my BlackBerry Passport.

I doubt that. You are one of those Google suck-ups who thinks that because Google made Android makes them a God in the mobile space. That are not, they're a corporation making Android to advertise to stupid end users like yourself.

Simple

October 6, 2015, 11:59 am

If you have moto x 1st gen like I do, you'd disagree with the Motorola assessment as many still don't even have 5.1...sad.

CH1NNV

October 7, 2015, 5:53 pm

There you go speculating again.

You know nothing about me.

Oh and regarding "Google not delivering timely updates"... FYI I have Android 6.0 on a Nexus 6 & 9 I'm running at the moment.

HTC are releasing 6.0 for my M8 at the end if the month.

I also have an iPad Air (FYI) on which the iOS 9 update has failed twice.

Today I had to reinstall the firmware on two BlackBerry's, one BB7 and one BB10 - that were both less than 3 months old. That is a poor show.
And you obviously have a reading comprehension problem because nowhere did I say BB10 does not get updates, I didn't imply it or say it. You're hallucinating.

And no I don't think they're a god in the mobile space at all, they're very good at what they do, as are Apple, Samsung, Huawei, et al.

And as for "advertising to stupid end users like myself"... I know Google are about the advertising, and I happen to like targeted advertising and the information they have about is used very well, it benefits me as much as it does them - nothing stupid about it.

You have a bug you your ass and seem to think you know it all - you don't. I don't claim to either, but I'm not entertaining someone like you that resorts to name-calling and petty little insults because you have nothing intelligent to add to a discussion, that speaks volumes about you.

Move among now

Qazi SharOo Aleem

October 13, 2015, 3:24 pm

HI im using Huawei P8 lite and i'm using lollipop 5.0, is there any possibility that Huawei p8 lite will get more update to Marshmallow 6.0 ?????

Fahad Shah

October 15, 2015, 6:25 pm

Finally got my Update for android 6 on my Nexus 6 i am from uk :D

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