T-Mobile has just revealed that it will be bringing Google’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow mobile operating system to a couple of Samsung handsets, specifically the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. As indicated in the wireless carrier’s support web pages, T-Mobile subscribers who own either the Galaxy S6 Edge+ or the Galaxy Note 5 can now check if they can already install the updates.
It has already been five months since Google rolled out Android Marshmallow (it debuted in November of last year), but as expected of any new Android version, it could take months before the update can get to mobile users’ Android powered devices. This is because Google’s mobile OS has a pretty slow upgrade process -- wireless carriers and phone makers alike have to do their own separate testing (and even customization) before they can deploy a new version to every qualified mobile device available out there. And because there are so many eligible Android powered devices out there, the updating process naturally takes a while to reach all handsets.
In the case of Android Marshmallow, it did manage to make some progress as more and more mobile network operators and device manufacturers start their deployment, slowly but surely. Several days ago, Google’s Android Developers Dashboard reported that Android Marshmallow has increased its adoption rate two fold over the course of a month. In the week ending April 4th of this year, Android Marshmallow had been installed on 4.6 percent of all Android run handsets that paid a visit to the Google Play Store. This percentage is certainly an improvement over the 2.3 percent registered during the previous month.
As for subscribers of T-Mobile who own Galaxy S6 Edge+ or Galaxy Note 5 smartphones, they can expect to get the Android Marshmallow update some time between now and May 20th next month. Users who are on Wi-Fi will be prompted to download their Android Marshmallow update as soon as it is made available. To check for the update manually, all users need to do is to to Settings, scroll down to the System section, and then select the About device setting. Then proceed to tap Software Update and then tap OK in order to check if the update is already available. It should be noted that the Android Marshmallow update is about 1.34 gigabytes big, so users may want to make sure they have enough bandwidth and time to install the newest version of the OS.
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