This is a piece of good news to end the February doldrums. It looks like folks in the EU who have the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge are likely to see a Marshmallow update coming to them soon. Unsurprisingly, South Korea got the update first seeing as Samsung is a Korean company, that only makes sense. It was a tweet from T-Mobile Poland that broke the news – Poland and the other east European countries always seem to be some type of test-bed for new versions of Android firmware, especially for Samsung.
Before you get too annoyed, consider the role a testbed plays. These environments are supposed to be where you can pick up bugs and other things that might mess up the device or interfere with the network. If waiting a month or so for another country or two to find bugs that might brick your phone is the cost of waiting, then it might be well-worth it. However, now that there’s a European release of the software, you know it won’t be too long until you get the updated Marshmallow goodness on your flagship phone.
The changelog of course, will hopefully be a slightly trimmer and updated version of TouchWiz to align with the Marshmallow update, along with the battery-time-expanding power of Doze mode. Both handset will also get the granularity of app permissions, the new fingerprint API’s, and interestingly enough, the new app drawer. How Samsung implements that is going to be interesting as they may decide to surface the new functionality in their own unique style.
The Good News is that it will start to skew the percentage of devices with Android 6 (Marshmallow) up a significant amount from the 1.2% of active devices it is currently installed on.