Motorola, HTC, LG, Sony, even Huawei and BlackBerry have tackled the issue of Marshmallow updates and timelines in public statements of late, leaving Samsung as the only reclusive major Android device manufacturer. Perhaps too reclusive.
But close to a dozen Galaxy stars received “confirmation” for nearby 6.0 promotions via inside sources, and now a new rumor extends the list, going into detail as far as deadlines go. In keeping with tradition, it seems young age, mainstream popularity and advanced hardware will trump seniority, so the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ should be the first to leave Lollipop behind, as early as next month.
The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, as well as the Note 4 and Note Edge, S5 and, surprise, surprise, Galaxy Alpha are also purportedly part of a first wave of updates, though that doesn’t mean they’ll all make the leap simultaneously.
January 2016 will likely see the non-phablet S6/Edge duo bumped up, followed by 2014’s Note dyad in February, and the S5 and Alpha at an undecided point in the not-so-distant future. March or April, we’re guessing, as long as approval comes through in due time.
There are another six phones waiting for approval, namely the mid-range Galaxy A8, A7, A5, A3, E7, and E5, which make up phase two of Samsung’s current Android 6.0 update “guide”, and should thus jump on the Marshmallow bandwagon at some point next summer.
But that’s apparently not all. The king of global handheld shipments might be prepping a phase three too, slated to begin “after initial testing.” What gadgets will be included here? The Galaxy J5 and J7 sound like safe bets, and so do the Galaxy On5 and On7. And then you have the Tab E, Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7, and Tab A pair, at least a few of which we want to believe could get added to the roadmap’s phase one or two before it’s too late.