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Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S6 receives Android 6.0 update

Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S6 receives Android 6.0 update
Sprint subscribers with the Samsung Galaxy S6 have started receiving the eagerly awaited update to Android 6.0. The file weighs in at 1.2GB, and includes new features such as Doze, which induces a deep sleep state on inactive Android phones. Apps are temporarily prevented from running in the background, and the standby time of the battery increases. The overall effect is to increase the battery life of the device.

Google Now On Tap comes with Marshmallow, offering a contextual search experience. Search replies are based on the content on your screen at the time of the request. And app permissions are handled on a feature-by-feature basis. For Galaxy S6 users on Sprint, the update also comes with a new version of TouchWiz, which makes Samsung's UI more usable.

When you receive the notification revealing that the update has arrived on your phone, make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi signal before you proceed. At the same time, check to make sure that your battery is charged to at least 50%. Finally, because the Android 6.0 update is being sent out OTA in waves, it might take a few days before you actually receive it. You can try to coax the update out manually by going to SettingsAbout phone > check for update.

Take a gander at a couple of screenshots taken from a Sprint branded Samsung Galaxy S6 in the process of being updated, by clicking on the slideshow below.

Thanks for the tip, Federico!

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posted on 10 Mar 2016, 20:29

1. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

dam. 1.2gb. biggest one yet right.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 21:22

2. oister85 (Posts: 501; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

Got it.
Like it

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 23:06

3. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)

I'm using 6.0.1 on my S7 and I actually prefer 4.4.2 on my S5

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 23:43 1

5. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)

Kitkat was the best android OS ever.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 01:39

8. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

In terms of battery life and aesthetics, I can agree about that. But in terms of features...I can somewhat also agree about that. Stock lollipop didn't really bring much ground-breaking features on the user experience front.


Really like the lockscreen notifications layout like iOS, that's something I was missing 'cause back then I wasn't aware that certain launchers could already do that. That said, it's still much better to have it built-in the OS. Material design, not really appealing to me over the previous skeumorphic design. Concurrent documents in Overview, I'm not a fan of that idea, keeps cluttering my recent application list.

Worst of all, Project Volta seems to have done the opposite of what it was said to do. KitKat offered better battery life without it.

That said, Cyanogen OS 12 came with more handy features.


posted on 11 Mar 2016, 01:50

9. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)

Yeah, and no one uses those features. The only important feature from lollipop to marshmallow was doze, and that was basically the fix of the horrendous battery that lollipop messed up. Still, marshmallow battery management is not as good as kit-kat.

Kit-kat was the best performing, most efficient android version to date. Google can keep adding features, but if it comes at the cost of basics, nobody is happy with that.

Cyanogen OS is out of discussion. Custom software is not in discussion. And in my experience, Cyanogen software is buggy to the point of unusability.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 05:38

11. oister85 (Posts: 501; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

No. I think is froyo the best update for android.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 23:18

4. DRS1977 (Posts: 519; Member since: 27 May 2015)

Thanks for the heads-up, downloading right now.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 00:30 1

6. maxnooze (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)

someone actually uses that font?

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 01:12

7. Panino (Posts: 56; Member since: 13 Aug 2015)

.... day another device getting Marshmallow and still waiting for the Note 5 to be updated.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 03:29

10. jeevanand88 (unregistered)

Might have to wait another 2yrs for the newer Android N for S6... :D

posted on 12 Mar 2016, 20:58

12. oozz009 (Posts: 520; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)

Wait what! M?? Who cares, now N exists:D

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