2016 Galaxy A series devices spotted running Android 6 Marshmallow


In the world of Android midrangers, one rarely expects major updates to be installed on the phone post-purchase. Manufacturers usually support their flagship or otherwise top-shelf smartphones for up to two Android builds, while midrangers and lower class devices just get a few minor patches to fix possible issues. Of course, this has been changing in recent times, as smartphone makers are looking to draw fans to their camps, and have put more effort into software support for their handsets. Sony is a good example for this, with its Marshmallow update rolling out to a wide range of Xperia devices.

Samsung does have the reputation of not keeping its midrangers up to date on the software side, but that may be changing. Thanks to a couple of certifications spotted at the Wi-Fi Alliance, we can see that there is, in fact, an Android 6 Marshmallow build running on a Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) out there. The 2016 run of the A series, as you probably know, consists of metal-and-glass-clad midrangers, all of which, save for the lowest tier A3, pack a fingerprint sensor, Samsung Pay support, and optical image stabilization on their cameras. The line currently has the entry-level Galaxy A3, the mid-range Galaxy A5, phablet midrangers Galaxy A7, and Galaxy A9, with a Galaxy A9 Pro also in the pipeline, though, possibly only for Eastern markets.

The fact that these smartphones all launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop months after Marshmallow was official was a bit of a disappointment. Speculations could be drawn that Samsung wanted its flagships — the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge — to be the first of its smartphones donning the new user interface and operating system. So, it makes sense that now, when the S7s are out, that Sammy would try to make it right to owners of its midrange handsets by bringing them up to speed, software-wise.

Unfortunately, we've no clue on when the update would actually roll out to the masses. Also, there aren't any certifications for the Galaxy A3 and A9 to be seen as of yet, so it may be a while.


source: Wi-Fi Alliance (Link 1)(Link 2) via SamMobile

Related phones

Galaxy A5 (2016)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(16h 3G talk time)
Galaxy A7 (2016)
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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6 Comments

1. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Sammy is disappointing imo. I had their their flagships Note 2, Note 3 & sporting Note 5 now. But never been lucky enough on software updates and it sucks big time. Previously I had Sony Xperias and worth to mention that updates were quick but with lots of bugs and phones used to hang. Thats why I switched to Samsungbut utterly disappointed. Google made a promise to force OEMs for faster updates but situation is same....

2. Pafo3.

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 26, 2016

I am never going to buy samsung product again.They just s**t on you with software updates.My father got galaxy tab pro 10.1 high end tablet for 2014 (500 euro), it shipped with kitkat, and will stay with kitkat, not a single update for a high end tablet.And each and every samsung phone just do not update,unless it is a flagship, which is a year old.This is not how you should care about your customers.This is why is such a miracle when samsung update their devices, people starting articles writing an update is PROBABLY SPOTTED, that's just sad.

3. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

android 6.0 should have been the default OS on all 2016 A series if we were dealing with a decent OEM

5. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 2012

i agree. the htc a9 launched before the the galaxy a series and had marshmallow from the beginning. dont know why samsung couldnt do the same

4. robertdenaro116

Posts: 65; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

i wonder whether they will get Android N. At least the galaxy A9 should get it. Galaxy A3 got security update http://www.samsungdeck.com/2016/04/26/samsung-rolls-security-update-galaxy-a3-europe/ But no Marshmallow to the handset.

6. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

The A3 2016 better get Marshmallow! I'm planning to buy one, just holding out incase they announce a Galaxy S7 Mini

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