Android 6.0 Marshmallow is here, and now the waiting game is on. “When will my phone get the Marshmallow update?” ask countless Android fans, and for good reason: while phone makers are doing a better job at keeping their devices up to date, the process is still lengthy and opaque. Worse, many models will inevitably be left behind. We’re here to shed some light on the issue.
In this post, which will be updated frequently, we are rounding up all the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update news, so you can get a good picture of what to expect.
The release of Android updates for most devices is a complex process, involving Google, chip makers, device makers, and carriers. With so many players, and so many things that could go wrong, you should expect delays, slow rollouts, botched releases, and generally a lot of variation based on your specific model, your region, and your carrier.
Just because your phone or tablet isn’t listed here, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be updated. OEMs occasionally change their minds. In other cases, the lists that they put out are non-final.
Patience is advised.
Google released the initial Android 6.0 factory images for Nexus devices on October 5. These images can be flashed manually, allowing you to bypass a potentially lengthy wait for the OTA update.
The following Nexus devices are receiving Marshmallow updates:
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6
- Nexus Player
- Nexus 9 LTE
- Nexus 9 WiFi
- Nexus 5
- Nexus 7 2013 WiFi
- Nexus 7 2013 Mobile
The Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012 (either variant), and Nexus 10 will not be updated to Marshmallow.
If you don’t want to wait, it’s relatively easy to flash a factory image following our guide:
You can also manually flash the OTA zip files, which are the update files that would normally be pushed to your device from Google’s servers. Note that in order to correctly install the update, your device must be running the firmware version mentioned in the link.
The latest factory images and OTA links are listed below.
Like Nexus phones, all Android One devices are supposed to receive fast Android updates straight from Google. OTA download files for various Android One phones sold in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Nepal are available below. You will need to be on the LMY48M version of Lollipop in order to install these updates.
If you’re looking for full Android 6.0 factory images, we have the following:
To flash these images, you can follow our manual installation guide.
On November 22, an over the air update to version 6.0.1 of Android began hitting some Android One devices. The update appears to be a bug fixing release.
Samsung has announced the kick-off of its Marshmallow update campaign on February 15. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were the only devices officially confirmed to receive the update, but the following devices are rumored to receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow:
- Galaxy S5
- Galaxy S5 LTE-A
- Galaxy S5 neo
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S6 Edge
- Galaxy S6 Edge+
- Galaxy Note 4
- Galaxy Note Edge
- Galaxy Note 5
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
These are all obvious candidates for an upgrade, so we’re pretty that Marshmallow will eventually become available for most versions of these devices.
Samsung has an infographic listing some of the features coming in its Marshmallow update. For more details on what to expect from the Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6, here’s our close look at the beta.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo
Samsung Galaxy On7
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
Samsung Galaxy Tab S
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (1st gen)
Samsung Galaxy A8
December 4 – Hungary: A Galaxy Note 4 user in Hungary received Android 6.0 Marshmallow on his device. A screenshot gallery and hands-on video of Marshmallow on the Note 4 are available. The most notable feature spotted in this non-final firmware build is the new Air Command from the Note 5, as well as the ability to write on the screen when the phone is sleeping.
December 28: one lucky Galaxy S5 owner ended up receiving the update to Marshmallow, reportedly by mistake.
An alleged roadmap for the Marshmallow update for Samsung devices leaked out on March 2. While we can’t vouch for its authenticity, the leak claims the Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge will be updated in April, the Galaxy S5 in May, and the Galaxy Alpha in June.
October 6: According to a leaked T-Mobile update list, besides the LG G4, the LG G3 and G4 Stylo will also receive the update. Besides this, we can speculate that the recently announced V10 and the G Flex 2 will also be making the jump. We’re less optimistic about LG’s mid-rangers, including the Bello, Magna, Leon, and Spirit, though at least some of them can probably handle Marshmallow.
- October 15 – Poland: LG announced it would be the first OEM to roll out Android Marshmallow, with the LG G4 model sold in Poland to be first in line, with models in other “markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas” to follow.
- November 4 – South Korea: The LG G4 models sold in South Korea began receiving the Marshmallow update.
- November 29 – Europe & Taiwan: the Android 6.0 update reportedly became available in several European countries, via the LG Bridge PC sync software. These regions are: Portugal, Poland, Romania, GErmany, Spain, Turkey, UK, Croatia, Hungary, and Switzerland. The update is also available in Taiwan. Note that not all carrier versions are available. Even if you are not in one of these countries, it’s worth firing up LG Bridge to check for an update manually.
- December 18 – US – Sprint: Sprint users of the LG G4 began receiving Marshmallow on December 18.
- January 12 – US – US Cellular: Android 6.0 Marshmallow arrived to the LG G4 on US Cellular.
- February 2 – Canada – Telus & Rogers: The Marshmallow update hit the G4 sold by Canadian carriers Telus and Rogers.
- February 6 – US – T-Mobile: Marshmallow began trickling out for the G4 carried by T-Mobile.
- February 9 – US – AT&T: The G4 sold by AT&T got Marshmallow on February 9.
- February 16 – US – Verizon: The Big Red carrier released Marshmallow for the LG G4.
- March 8 – US – T-Mobile: Android 6.0 arrived for the T-Mobile LG G Stylo.
LG G Pad X
Motorola has made a good name for itself in the Android community, thanks to its fast updates and focus on a smooth stock-like user experience. The Marshmallow rollout may change that positive perception though. It’s not that Motorola hasn’t been forthcoming about its plans; it’s the fact that those plans seemingly don’t include either version of the Moto E, the Moto X (2013), or some carrier versions of the Moto X (2014).
On December 9, it was revealed that Motorola would update certain versions of the Moto E (2015). Specifically, the update will roll out to the Snapdragon 410 powered versions in Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia, excluding China. The US is not on the list where the update will be available.
Here are the Motorola devices officially confirmed to receive Marshmallow:
- 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
- 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
- 2015 Moto X Play
- 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
- Moto E (2015) – Snapdragon version
- 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
- 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia (2nd gen)
- 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE (2nd gen)
- DROID Turbo
- 2014 Moto MAXX
- 2014 Moto Turbo
- Nexus 6
- December 2 – International: Motorola announced that Moto X Pure (2015 edition) users in Moto’s feedback program have begun receiving the soak test Android 6.0 update. If all goes to plan, the update should hit the general population in a week from December 2.
- December 9 – US – Verizon, AT&T, Sprint & U.S. Cellular: Motorola announced that Marshmallow is rolling out to Moto X Pure users on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.
- December 9 – Latin America: The update is also coming to the Moto X Style in Latin America.
- February 18 – India: The Moto E (2015) sold in India received its Android 6.0 update.
Moto G (2015) & Moto G Turbo
- February 10 – India: The Moto G (2014) in India got Marshmallow from February 10.
- March 1 – United States: The Moto G (2nd generation) got its upgrade to Android 6.0.
- February 6 – International: How about some Marshmallow for your watch? Yup, Motorola send out the Android 6.0-based Android Wear update to the Moto 360 (2nd gen).
HTC has revealed a tentative list of devices that will be updated to Android 6.0:
- HTC One M8
- HTC One M9+
- HTC One E9+
- HTC One E9
- HTC One ME
- HTC One E8
- HTC One M8 EYE
- HTC Butterfly 3
- HTC Desire 826
- HTC Desire 820
- HTC Desire 816
After the launch of the One A9, HTC announced the unlocked version of the device will receive “every” Android update within 15 days from the time the update hits the Nexus devices. That’s a very bold promise, and hopefully it’s a sign of bigger things to come.
- December 7 – International: Mo Versi revealed that the Marshmallow update would hit the unlocked version of the One M9 this month.
- December 13 – Canada – Carrier models: It was revealed that Canadian carrier versions of the One M9 will get Marshmallow in early 2016.
- December 24 – International: The HTC One M9 (unlocked models) would get its update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
- January 17 – Canada – Rogers, SaskTel, VideoTron & Wind: HTC announced that Rogers, SaskTel, VideoTron, and Wind in Canada would see Android Marshmallow hit the One M9.
- January 18 – UK: HTC announced the HTC One M9 would get its Android Marshmallow shortly.
- February 6 – US – Sprint: HTC One M9 offered users the chance to update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
- February 6 – US – Verizon: Big Red offered the Marshmallow update for the M9 on February 16.
- April 30 – US – AT&T: HTC One M8 & M9 suffer Marshmallow roll-out delay on AT&T
- May 12 – US – AT&T: The HTC One M9 and M8 receive the Marshmallow update at last
- March 4 – International: Marshmallow began hitting international Desire 816 models.
- March 21 – International: The update is hitting dual-SIM versions of the device.
HTC One M8 Eye
Sony has published an exhaustive list of devices it plans to update to Marshmallow, including all the likely candidates, including the latest Xperia Z5 series. Unfortunately, Sony won’t bring Marshmallow to the 2013 Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact, as well as the older Xperia Z. On the flip side, at least there are a few mid-rangers on the list. Sony has also released AOSP resources and binaries for some of its devices, allowing the community to easily create custom ROMs.
As for the update itself, Sony is running a beta program with 10,000 users that we hope to learn more about soon.
Sony devices officially confirmed to get Marshmallow:
- T Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium
- Xperia Z4 Tablet
- Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
- Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet
- Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4
A note for users of the Sony Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet, C4, C5 Ultra, M4 Aqua and M5: according to a Sony support page, these devices will jump straight to Android 6.0, skipping Android 5.1.1.
Here’s an official Sony video showcasing the features you can expect from the Marshmallow update for your Xperia device:
- March 3 – Japan: The Marshmallow update began rolling out to the Xperia Z5 in Japan.
- March 7 – International: The Marshmallow update for the Xperia Z5 came through in more markets on March 7.
- March 28 – Canada: Sony pulled the Marshmallow update it released for Canadian versions of the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact just three days before.
Sony Xperia Z3 Plus
- March 7 – International: the update kicked off for the Xperia Z3 Plus.
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
Sony Xperia C4
Huawei has a lousy record when it comes to releasing Android updates for its devices, but perhaps its involvement with the Nexus program will help nudge things along. The company announced in would bring Marshmallow to the following devices:
- Huawei Mate S
- Huawei Mate 7
- Huawei P8
- P8 Youth Edition
- P8 Max
- Maimagn 4
- G7 Plus
- Honor 7
- Honor 7i
- Honor 6 Plus
- Honor 6
- Honor X2
- Honor 4X
- Honor Play 4C
- October 28: The Honor team, which is technically autonomous inside Huawei, recently announced that a beta build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the honor 7 will be made available in the following weeks.
- December 4: Honor put up a form allowing honor users to sign up for the Marshmallow beta program. You can check the form here.
- December 14: The Honor 7 Enhanced Edition launched with Marshmallow on board on December 14.
- January 16: Honor announced that the 5X would receive Marshmallow and regular security patches, though no exact timeframe was given. Considering Huawei (and by extension, Honor) have a poor history with updates, this is a welcome announcement.
- February 15: The Honor 7 will received the Marshmallow update within two weeks, honor announced.
- March 27 – Europe: The Honor 7 is now receiving Marshmallow in European markets.
- April 22 – Android Marshmallow heading to the Honor 5X ‘soon’
Like Huawei, ZTE is known for not caring about Android updates. It remains to be seen if this year will be any different. ZTE is looking for a breakthrough in the Western markets with the Axon line, so perhaps the Chinese giant will deem it necessary to bring Marshmallow to it, at the least.
OnePlus is in a tricky place: its first phone, the One, still runs Cyanogen OS, and theoretically, Steve Kondik’s outfit should deliver the Marshmallow update in the following months. The OnePlus 2, meanwhile, runs OnePlus’s own OS, Oxygen, and its development is led by former members of the Paranoid Android team.
November 16: OnePlus announced a timeframe for its devices updates:
- The original OnePlus One will get Cyanogen OS 13 (from Cyanogen OS) in Q1 2016.
- The semi-official Oxygen OS build for OnePlus One will be updated to Marshmallow when “time allows it.”
- The OnePlus 2 will receive the update to the Marshmallow-based Oxygen OS version in Q1 2016.
- No information was given about the Marshmallow update for the new OnePlus X.
Asus came out with a short list of devices that will get the Marshmallow update:
- PadFone S (PF500KL)
- ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML/ZE551ML)
- ZenFone 2 Deluxe / Special Edition (ZE551ML)
- ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KG/ZE500KL/ZE550KL/ZE600KL/ZE601KL)
- ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL)
Missing from the list are the original Zefone 4, 5, and 6, as well as other Asus devices from 2014.
February 27: Asus clarified that the devices from the above list will get Marshmallow from Q2 (April to June). The good news is Asus added two new devices to its update list: ZenFone Selfie and ZenFone Max. The company also specified that the update will see Asus’ own messenging, calendar, and mail app be replaced by Google’s respective apps.
Asus ZenFone Max
- June 8 – International: Marshmallow arrived for the Asus Zenfone Max
Asus ZenFone Selfie
Asus ZenFone Zoom
Asus ZenFone 2
Lenovo finally announced some of its Marshmallow plans on November 6, but the good news ends there. Lenovo only confirmed the update for a handful of devices, and the timeframe for the rollout is painfully long:
- Lenovo A7000, A7000 Plus, and K3 Note – update expected by September 2016
- Lenovo Vibe P1 and Vibe S1 – update expected by June 2016
On December 3, news about Lenovo’s Marshmallow plans surfaced online. The following devices are expected to receive Marshmallow:
- K3 Note – March-April 2016
- Vibe X3 – March-April 2016
- Vibe P1 – March 2016
- A7000 – April 2016
Rest of the world:
- K3 Note – March 2016
- A7000 – April 2016
- Vibe P1 – May 2016
- Vibe S1 – June 2016
- Vibe X3 – July 2016
- A7000+ – July 2016
Lenovo K4 Note
BlackBerry only released one Android device to date, and a fast Marshmallow update isn’t a priority for the company. The BlackBerry Priv will receive Android 6.0 “sometime into the new year.”
- November 17: Nvidia relaunched the Shield Tablet as the Shield Tablet K1. The revamped model runs Lollipop, just like its predecessor, but Nvidia promised an update to Android 6.0 “in the coming months.”
- December 15: Nvidia showed off Android 6.0 Marshmallow running on the Shield Tablet K1. The update could roll out ahead of the holidays.
- December 21: The Shield Tablet K1 Marshmallow update would arrive, though the older Shield tablet variant was not included in this rollout.
Original Nvidia Shield Tablet
On December 4, Xiaomi’s MIUI operations manager announced on Weibo that Marshmallow would hit the Xiaomi Mi 4 and Xiaomi Mi Note “soon,” via an MIUI update.
When Android OEMs let us down, we all look up the developer community to pick up the slack, at least when it comes to Android updates. Unfortunately, the custom ROM scene is not as vibrant as it used to be, with only CyanogenMod left to carry the torch.
For a discussion on all the Android Marshmallow updates, check out the dedicated thread on the Android Authority forums.fds
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