Rejoice! AT&T tipped to release Marshmallow for Note 5 today, March 14 for Galaxy S6
While we are previewing the new features of the next Android 7.0 "N" version, US carrier subscribers are chomping at the bit waiting for Android 6.0 Marshmallow to grace their handsets, as usual. Nowhere is that wait more pronounced than with Samsung handsets that are running the heavily customized TouchWiz interface that goes much deeper than a simple Android coat of paint.
This system level engagement, however, means that carriers, and Samsung itself, have to run much more testing, and make sure they comply with much more regulations than, say, one unlocked Nexus handset in the Play Store. That is why Samsung's high-end handsets on US carriers are taking about six months from the Marshmallow release to be updated, but the wait is worth it, as not only would you get Android 6.0, but also a thoroughly redesigned interface, new features and a brand new fast browser with security modes.
release Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Note 5 last week, and now everyone will follow suit, it seems. During a chat with an AT&T rep, a customer has managed to score the tentative release dates for the Marshmallow OTA update there - today for the Note 5, and from Monday, March 14th onwards for the Galaxy S6.
This would mean that the two major US carriers may have their high-end Samsung handsets updated to Android 6.0 as soon as next week, which would certainly jibe with the promised Q1 release schedule we were tipped not long ago. Now, don't spend the day pumping that update button, aight?
The overhauled Samung browser sport plenty of under-the-hood improvements like full compatibility with the latest web standards, and zippier rendering. It also employs the Service Worker API, for when your connectivity is slow, and has back-end access to the OS for background syncing and push notifications.
The secure Web Auto Login option has been updated, so that when users log in to a web site, their identity is protected with fingerprint reading, thus only those authorized will be able to read the browser data. Any additional biometric technologies will be added to Secure Web Auto Login further down the road, too.
There's a new Secret mode that doesn't record browsing history, cookies, passwords, auto-fill data and the like. This sounds like the Incognito mode in Chromer, but there is more - the Secret mode is accessible with a fingerprint reading, "ensuring only the proper user is able to look at sensitive data, even when in protected mode." You can still bookmark sites and save pages, but they will be in a protected space, accessible only with your fingerprint, not bad at all.
The other notable debut with Android 6.0 on Samsung devices is the so-called Cross App, which is a very interesting take on the multi-window mode concept that comes with Marshmallow. Samsung has provided Cross for messaging apps, splitting the screen in two when you need to choose, send or shoot a picture or video, opening the respective service in the lower half of the screen, so you never have to exit the chat app to do these actions.
Cross App lets you open a full-fledged browser there, previewing a link directly in the window, taking it up full screen to read, then sliding it back down in the lower half of the display.
Last but not least, Cross App will now allow to play videos directly in the chat app you are using, or open them in full screen without ever leaving the session. Sound like an awesome addition to our endless chat threads, so we can't wait to put our hands on the update for a spin.