While Samsung certainly did a better job than the average Android device manufacturer in pushing Marshmallow updates to today and yesterday’s flagships of late, it’s still a little disappointing to see so many otherwise solid mid-range models stuck on old-fashioned Lollipop.
But we now have surprisingly good news to report for Galaxy S5 mini owners. First of all, congrats on your patience and confidence in a discontinued two year-old 4.5-incher with only 1.5GB RAM and Exynos 3470 processing power.
It turns out you constitute a sufficiently large, devoted and vocal group of Samsung fans for software support work to continue a little while longer. As such, a Galaxy S5 mini carrying model number SM-G800F has recently been seen seeking and receiving Wi-Fi certification in an Android 6.0-powered variant.
That means an over-the-air rollout for at least the unlocked European version is likely around the corner. Of course, last-minute optimization efforts could still take a few more weeks. But it’s sure nice (and unexpected) to get Marshmallow upgrade confirmation for a phone many forgot ever existed.
And Samsung isn’t going to stop there in an attempt to spread the 6.0 love to both hero devices and non-flagships. The Galaxy J3 (2016), which just saw daylight on Verizon and AT&T with M goodies pre-loaded, will soon enough get to leave Lollipop behind internationally as well. Rejoice, cash-strapped Android enthusiasts!