Galaxy A8 spotted running Android 6 Marshmallow
Better late than never, some might say, but Samsung didn't really do a timely job when updating its eligible handsets to Android 6 Marshmallow this year. Still, the roll-outs are rolling and new models are gradually being brought up to the latest Android build. It seems it's the the Galaxy A8's turn now. The device has been spotted in a certification form by the Wi-Fi Alliance, listed as running Android 6. This means that the update has been approved by Samsung for roll-out, and now, when it has passed the Alliance's interoperability tests, it's ready to reach the users' devices.
Around a couple of weeks ago, we saw the same certification for the Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A7 (2016) run the new version of Android as well, but reports on a massive update have yet to come. Additionally, keep in mind that if you bought your device from a carrier to use on their network, you might be in for an additional wait time, as updates for locked devices need to be approved by the network provider as well.
Such is the world of Android, sadly. However, the FTC and FCC recently teamed up to ask Android smartphone manufacturers why they are taking so long with security updates. So, things may change in the near future.