Samsung debuts Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta test in the UK and South Korea

Samsung has just launched an Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta test campaign in South Korea and the UK. The idea is to test drive upcoming Marshmallow firmware updates on a limited number of devices, get feedback from the users, and then fix potential bugs before a wider rollout to smartphones across the globe.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is likely to arrive on a great number of Samsung smartphones, but the company's high-end phones of 2015, the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and the Galaxy Note 5 will surely be the first to get the new Android version. As such, it doesn't come as a surprise to learn that the Galaxy S6 and its curved edge sibling are the first devices to be included in the Marshmallow beta program.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Care app is only available to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge owners in the UK and those on KT and LGU+, two of the major carriers in South Korea. If you meet these requirements, you'll need to create a Samsung account and then download the Samsung Care app from the Samsung Apps store. Once the registration process is complete, the phone will start downloading a beta version of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. 

The program has debuted yesterday and will last until January 18. This probably means that the first Samsung phones will start getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update - the official update, not one of these beta builds - not earlier than February. 

source: Samsung



1. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Which theme is that?or its the stock one?

2. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Stock Marshmallow look

3. HORIZONx720

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 24, 2015

So glad they got rid of that ugly blue with the quick toggles.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Yeah, but it's still ugly... So, what's the point, really?

14. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Well its nowhere near as ugly as before, so at least its an improvement.


Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Wich it had vertical scrolling like on nexus

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Might as well say: Touchwiz 6.0... This is looking plain ugly... Sorry, I mean FUGLY... Yuck (vomit). Samsung seems to be still stuck on Android GingerBread looks. Ah, THE DARK AND MYSTERIOUS DAYS... I wonder how 'Fansung' (Samsung Fanboys, I just 'coined' it) manage to live with such an ugly UI? Oh, and did I mention a TON of bloatware which comes as a bonus? MY SALUTE TO ALL FANSUNGS... IMHO, The only Androids worth buying is either Nexus Series or Motorola's Pure edition phones. Marshmallow is so bright, simple & beautiful. And yet Samsung has beaten it with it's signature 'Ugly Stick' and sewed a ton of bloat in the process and turned a SWAN into a HAG! Way to go, Mr. Sammy! (Meh...)

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

If you dont like it, then use samsungs theme engine or download a launcher, problem fix. Lets pretend you're not a troll for a second, if touchwiz was that ugly then why do millions still buy Samsung? Dont worry I dont expect an answer back.

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, you may have heard about this old saying: 'The world is full of dumb people' I guess that explains it all!

20. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

It does explains how dumb you are

22. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

If I were you I'd better don't think I'm the cleverest in the world.

24. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

But that's not the point of the comment.

25. JMartin22

Posts: 2380; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

This comment is an oxymoron. Do you personally find yourself to be so above the majority where you're going to speak for them? Face it, millions of more people love high-end Samsung devices and TouchWiz, and they choose it over anything else the Android platform has to offer.

9. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You have 10000 themes for that. Bloatware ,there is literaly only 1 page of apps that come with system are you f**king blind? Other pages are apps from playstore that guys from sammobile downloaded to test how well device behaves under extreme conditions. Also in their review they mention extreme level of optimization rivaling iOS. Get the f**k out.

7. Shocky unregistered

Looks like Touchwiz but with more white, stock Android theme + Nova Launcher will somewhat fix that though. So long as the performance is still good I don't really care what the phone looks like at stock. Don't understand why people make such a big deal out of it.

10. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

According to sammobile (which is where PA took Screanshots from) t performance is stellar and optimization is rivaling iOS on latest iphones.

16. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 2012

i dont know. optimization was always samsungs weak point. it isnt bad or anything, the there are competitors that are further ahead in those terms

18. Slaughter

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Actually using the 6.0 beta firmware, there's still room for improvement. The quick settings toggle is a bit laggy ( way more than TW 5.1.1) Some lag when exiting an app via the home button. Overall it's still a great rom, transitions animations makes it feels really smooth, colors aren't that bad.

21. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

The new TW looks way s**ttier than the previous!

11. scarface21173

Posts: 701; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

very slow on the update February at the earliest

12. AZNHA unregistered

i hope this new touchwiz gonna be more snappier, faster and lighter than the previous one

27. JMartin22

Posts: 2380; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Yeah, because S6/Note5 TouchWiz was slow, right? I think you're living in a reality distortion field. It's virtually indistinguishable from iOS at this point, which I might add, the latter has framerate drops (lag) from time to time as well. All software is going to have some degree of instability, there's no such thing as flawless performance on any platform.

15. TomMax

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 23, 2015


17. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Were are app permission and doze?

19. Slaughter

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

App permission is in, I can confirm. For doze, I don't know, can't find it anywhere on S search, app optimisation from samsung is still present but no different from the one on 5.1.1

23. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

It would be crazy for them to remove doze!!!

28. JMartin22

Posts: 2380; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The point of the beta program is to gather user statistics about firmware that's in development, it helps the developers squash bugs quicker. So one should not expect all features or finalized performance gains at this point. I'd rather they take a couple of months to really optimize and perfect the software than be like some of these companies that will not do a good job quality checking their software and release something unstable.

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