Samsung's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update schedule leaks: Note 5 in December, S6 in January, S4 is a no-go

Samsung's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update schedule leaks:  Note 5 in December, S6 in January, S4 is a no-go
We've just been tipped Samsung's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update roadmap, and there are quite a few changes from the last version that leaked out

First off, the Note 5's update is imminent, as you can see in the table, which is corroborated by the system dump and Marshmallow-ed TouchWiz that are already making the rounds here and there. The last edition of the roadmap listed Galaxy S6 edge+ for update in December, in sync with the Note 5's schedule, but this has now been moved to January.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge remain in the January queue, while the Note 4 and Note Edge are due in February, like before. The similarities between the two roadmap versions stop here, though, as the Galaxy S5, which was listed as awaiting approval last time, is now due to get Marshmallow in April. The Galaxy A8 also used to be in the pending queue, and now it has been all set for March. 

Our latest list is fleshed out with many more Samsung handsets and tablets now, too, but, unfortunately, the oldie Note 3 and Galaxy S4 are a no-go. Almost all of the A, E and J-series (save for the Galaxy J1), however, are now in the queue, scheduled for the next Marshmallow rollout phase by Samsung. Of course, as with all internal projects, the schedule will be in flux and phones can be added later, or updates pulled forward, but it seems that by mid-spring most Samsung gear should be already on Marshmallow.

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1. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Love their phones hate their stupid late updating policy .... For a while now i decided that i will not buy a samsung phone , i will stick to iphones and their amazing support and in time updates for everyone , however i will surely buy their tablets ( waiting for note 10.1 2016 ) since on tablets i wouldnt care much about update ( i just hate ipads )

22. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Be sure to get a tablet with 32gb storage at minimum (microsd excluded). I have a note 10.1 2014 and it's barely usable with its mere 16gb (10gb usable) always near full. Android 6.0 would have maybe brought the "defaut writing location to microsd" option but, too bad, it's not even scheduled so far. What a waste for so much potential. For Apple side, just get an iphone to make yourself a real mind about their "fantastic updates", i'm fed up with my gf iphones so costly (to me since i buy them) and 2 years of updates later, full of lags/weird bugs which make her begging me for the newest model each time.

29. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Screw this! I love the Note series but this move is real crap! And its cuz of stuff like this I wanted to ditch my Note 3 (I'm still on a Note 3 and its a thing of beauty!) and get a Nexus this year. But even the Nexus phones disappointed this year and now I'm gonna stick to the Note 3 cuz hey Note 5 will be obselte next year. This move by Samsung is really bad just to force people to upgrade. If people love your phones, they will upgrade no matter what

47. Julesp1585

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Install the Note 5 ROM on your Note 3 and you will not regret it. It is heaps faster and you get all of the Note 5's features including the Edge Screen functionality. But if you like your Note 3 just the way it is then by all means enjoy what you have.

35. rkoforever90

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

ya same with my tab s, cant even update games and apps cause of this issue.

34. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

haha that's like burning down your house to kill a rat, but whatever.

43. Mrresults

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Well you're an idiot then..ios op system and I phones in particular are junk..they are coming out with stuff 2 years after android and then thought of as "cutting edge" and the ipad is the ONLY thing they have worth a, you get the rest..pfffft...people that are brand influenced are..annoying

2. pifon

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

they must have pretty slow internet since uploading will not be done before december :D

16. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

LOL! Maybe they're updating from the jungle to save on hosting costs! But in all seriousness they're probably already done uploading, as evidenced by the 920T leak. It's just that they're holding until all testing has completely approved it.

3. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Fake as s**t, why would they use their old logo?

13. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

What old logo? It's the same, just that the one on our phones doesn't have the circle for obvs reasons.

42. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

No it isn't, you fool.

4. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

APRIL for the S5 !!!!???? WTF !!! I expect it ASAP.

6. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Its more than 18 months old, what do you expect?

8. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Sorry but this sucks. Long ago (when Android 4.0 ICS was out) Google and the OEMs had promised at least an 18 month update policy for their phones (not only their flagships actually). They are all breaking their promise quite regularly. The S5 is over 18 month old now, but it wasn't when Android 6.0 Marshmallow was released, so it should be eligible for the update. And a timely update, that is. April will be nearly 9 months from the time of Marshmallow release. Instead of OEMs getting better with updates, they're getting worse.

10. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Nonsense. The official release date for Marshmallow was last month, at which point the S5 was exactly 18 months old. And even if this schedule is real, april next year would be 6 months after the release of Marshmallow. The S4 is now 31 months old, 30 at the time of Marshmallow release.

15. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

This is actually improving over old Samsung. 9 months since Dev Preview, not release. And would you rather have the old upgrades? HTC not releasing KitKat (or even 4.3) for the One X+. Samsung cancelling KK for the S3 because of a lack of RAM (ironic considering Project Svelte was specifically to reduce RAM req). LG, well being LG. It gets even worse the further back we go. Samsung delaying the Note's ICS upgrade and trying to spin it as a good thing. The Galaxy S (about as old the S5 is now at the time of 4.0's release) not getting it because of old TouchWiz. Sony's Xperia ion releasing on Android 2.3 a whole 7 months AFTER its release. And the ill-fated ICS upgrade for the Desire HD and Nexus One. I remember owning an LG Optimus One in 2011. It got all of 1 update, Gingerbread, and never got ICS. The phone was all of a year old at ICS's release, but it never got it. You could make the argument it was a budget device and all. But the first gen Moto G, which is in the price range of the LG OO at its launch, got Android 5.1 recently. You could say that's what should be expected of manufacturers and nothing special, but it is. Because our expectations are based on history, and for most budget devices, they're lucky to even get one update. As we start to reduce the performance gap between devices every generation, which not everyone is happy about (those that want tech to relentlessly march forward in performance), we're seeing an unintended benefit of it: updates are getting better, because there's no huge performance gap that's expected by Google when they write the next version of Android. If the performance is similar across devices, whether old or new, it might mean that soon we'll start seeing the 18-month window increase to 24, perhaps. April isn't that bad for the S5. It's quite an old phone, and it's already an improvement over last year. It took until June for the Note 4 to get Lollipop last year, and May for the S5 is most regions. If I actually owned an S5, I'd be pretty satisfied about April 2016. Although by then it's probably time to upgrade anyway.

23. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

You seem to remember quite well updates history but you are mixing up some things : hardware is different with each generation. Faster storage and/or ram, more efficient cpus. And OS code more fitting newer cpu architectures (not even talking about cpu's manufacturer support). To make it short, a simple Moto G can't be compared to an old "LG OO". Just go look at what devs are talking about XDA for all the phones you mentionned. It's like saying you have to get Win10 on your Pentium 4 2.26ghz / 2gb ram / ata100 hdd. Lollipop was a mess on S5 for many months, apparently it was the same on many other Galaxy handsets if you read comments, so people "who wasn't there" can only cry for late updates. For myself, i prefer Samsung to release something properly working when it'll be ready and without removing existing features.

26. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

I am not comparing the Moto G to the Optimus One today. I am comparing them what they were like 2 years into their life cycle - for the Moto G that's now, and for the One that would be 2012-2013. I'm comparing, if you wanted to use the computer analogy, that my 1990 PC can't run Windows XP, while my 2004 computer can run W10. Not saying that bc the 1990 PC can't run 10 it's immediately a bad device, bc nobody expects it to run 10, the same way I don't expect a $200 4 year old Android device to run Marshmallow. I just expect it to at least get more than one SW upgrade. And Lollipop on the S5 is still pretty much a mess if you're not on 5.1.1. And for a large number of owners, that's still very much the case, as only a few models ever got that update.

31. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

My bad, i misunderstood you completely while quick reading your post :) Anyway, there's a big difference between Samsung and most of Android manufacturers : even if not upgrading the OS version, they keep sending bugfix updates (especially on their flagships), at least for "popular countries". For example, i can count about 8 or 9 updates since i bought my S5 as soon as it was released 1.5 year ago. On my S6 Edge, i think it has been already my 4th or 5th since may 2015. I really can't say same honestly among all brands i have purchased.

39. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Yep, even my S4 still gets these updates. I think it's already had 2 or 3 maintenance releases since Lollipop first came out, with a total of around 7 or 8 updates in its lifetime (although one infamously made the phone restart if it was running even ONLY slightly hotter than usual, and in my case that would be taking a call when playing FLAPPY BIRD). The Note 5 I use as my daily driver gets two or so a month, and so far every single one has offered a performance or battery boost. I'm not too sure about the S6; my mom uses one but I haven't been able to confirm how often it gets updates, and since most of these updates come just after its release, and she didn't buy the S6 until July or so, meanwhile I bought my Note on launch day in Singapore, which was basically the day after its announcement.

5. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

I think it's fake. Look at that logo.

7. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Never before I remember Sammy updating their models so late. By January there will be 3-4 months since the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. I'm expecting that by then even Sony, who are traditionally the last major OEMs to update their models, will have started updating at least the Z5. Btw, also Motorola, who usually thanks to near stock Android are usually very fast with the updates, this time they are also mysteriously late. Strange considering that Marshmallow doesn't even seem like a major update from Lollipop.

24. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

You have a bad memory. S5, previous flagship, was updated starting from december 2014 (got lollipop on it on January 2015 in my country). Also people were mad at Samsung for not updating Note 4 to lollipop before it (and it arrived somewhere before or on summer 2015). I have a Galaxy Alpha too, that one was late too (and i didn't update it seeing the mess of the 2 first lollipop updates). And i'm sure i can go on with the list and previous Galaxy. I won't trust any comment on Motorola anymore, first Moto X (2013) was overhyped for those presumed updates (i bought it due to that), it got 2 mere updates during its whole life : one to 4.4.4 and one a few months ago to lollipop removing features, not correcting battery draining and messy of course. I've read on advanced forums that Marshmallow had some bugs (like the super battery feature not working properly for example), just like lollipop at the beginning, so manufacturers may handle their updates and precious development time in their products life more carefully.

27. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

It's 3 months, not quite 4 yet. And Sony is rapidly improving their upgrade - they're one of two manufacturers to be willing to update their 2013 flagship (except Nexus) to 5.1.1, and so far the only one to have actually done it (LG is still falling short on its promise for the G2). Motorola is getting slower and slower these days. Thanks Lenovo.

9. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

If they can update the Alpha then the Note 3 is capable enough. The cheap Note 3 Neo even has a 5.1.1 update and the real flagship is stuck at 5.0. Just pure BS, Samsung.

11. gazmatic

Posts: 808; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Yeah.... real convincing

12. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Well that's my queue to upgrade from my GT-I9500 to probably a note 4 in March when the note 4 gets marshmallow update

25. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

In my opinion, you should get instead a Note 5 if you want better chances of one more OS upgrade.

14. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

The s6 edge+ is likely delayed in this one bc of the different model no. This one is dual SIM model, the 9287C, the last one was the 928G. This is probably for a different region.

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