Samsung is said to move a lot of its handset production to Vietnam next year, where it's had factories for a while. The goal is to have about 40% of Samsung's mobile gadgets made there, though it's not clear whether this will include the upcoming Galaxy S7
flagship, too. The Vietnamese tech blogs used to out a lot of Samsung gear
before it's a fact, up until the Galaxy S III
or so, when Samsung finally cracked down on those leaky insiders there.
Hopefully, with the move to expand Samsung's Vietnam facilities and production, we will see some precious leaks trickling down from there again, and it might indeed be so. First in line is Samsung's Android 6.0 Marshmallow
update roadmap, whose supposed latest revision you are seeing below, and there are quite a few changes from the last version that leaked out
The Note 5
's update, which looked imminent before, as it was the only Samsung phone scheduled for Q4 2015, has now been pushed for Q1 2016. Actually, all of Samsung's newer phones are now set for a Marshmallow-ed TouchWiz in the next quarter, while some golden oldies like the Galaxy Alpha
, and a bunch of Samsung tablets, will remain for the second quarter of 2016. Given that it's already mid-December, and there is no Android 6.0 hitting Note 5 handsets yet, the leaked schedule below might have some merit, after all.
Manufacturers usually start updating their most popular phones within three months of Google releasing the source code for its newest Android version, so a Q1 schedule is nothing out of the ordinary for the S6
, Note 5
, and below. Unfortunately, the October outing of the Marshmallow source code also means that the new A-series 2016
of Samsung wasn't prepped with Android 6.0 in mind, but hopefully Samsung will update them to Marshmallow soon after their launch.