Back in December, we got a tip depicting a new Android update roadmap for Samsung devices
that moved the Note 5
from the previously rumored Q4 2015 update queue
for Marshmallow, to Q1 2016. Our source mentioned at the time that the Galaxy S6
and Note 5 had their Android 6.0 Marshmallow software in testing, and the official rollout was scheduled to begin this quarter. Judging from the barrage of leaks about an imminent Android 6.0 Marshmallow
update for the two phones, the roadmap might hold water in the end
Later that month, Samsung even announced an official beta testing program for Marshmallow
on the AT&T Galaxy S6 edge (SM-G925A), AT&T Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920A), Verizon Galaxy S6 edge (SM-G925V), and Verizon Galaxy S6 edge+ (SM-G928V). Some of the Note 5 users that were approved for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta, are now being seeded the software, and hopefully the official update for the rest won't be far behind. One of those users has now shared pictures of Note 5 with the beta, which you can see below to preview what your phablet may look like once the Marshmallow update notification hits your status bar.
In fact, it's this same notification bar area, which is arguably the biggest eyesore of TouchWiz, that has now received a white theme with light blue accents, and the beta testers report how the whole interface, as well as the keyboard, have become faster and more responsive, thanks to this new TouchWiz on Marshmallow combo. The phone in the pictures below is running Android 6.0.1, just as rumored for the upcoming Galaxy S7
and S7 Edge
, so that's how their TouchWiz overlay might look like, too.
Galaxy Note 5 running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow