While it’s unquestionably sad to see so many decent Android devices still frozen on an OS version that’s nearly two years old and never thrilled with its stability and smoothness, a couple of hardware manufacturers are certainly pulling their weight in the Marshmallow distribution effort.
Samsung in particular deserves praise for not just hooking up owners of recent, expensive Galaxy flagships with Android 6.0 goodies, also having the backs of older, less popular and/or cheaper phones and tablets.
A little over a month after the beginning of the Galaxy A9’s M rollout, another handheld in the same mid-range, metal-clad series makes the jump from raggedy Lollipop. It’s the Samsung Galaxy A8, of course, which first saw daylight roughly a year ago with a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen in tow, as well as an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, and 3,050 mAh battery.
Not exactly featherweight material we’re looking at here, and the price point for an international factory unlocked variant on Amazon is rather fitting, at around $370. Marshmallow has reportedly started to roll out for the Galaxy A8 in India, as a hefty 1GB+ package brimming of performance enhancements and security optimizations. Next step – global spread.