When is my phone getting Android 6 Marshmallow? Here's what we know so far (November 2015)


There's one question that the Android community at large will be obsessing over for the foreseeable future: "When is my phone getting Android Marshmallow?". Seeing as how Google casually mentioned that it's now partnering with over 400 different OEMs at I/O 2015, every one of which with different priorities attached to software updates, the answer will likely vary. Wildly. In many cases, we can only guess, though we could use the data from previous release schedules for major Android updates and make some projections, not to mention any official or non-official information we've gathered over time.

A bunch of that, we already have, but there's still quite some ambiguity. Right now, all we can tell for sure is that Nexus-branded devices are already rocking the update, and so is the newly-released HTC One A9. Beyond that, select countries like Poland and South Korea have been blessed with Marshmallow for LG G4 users. Here's what else we know, broken down by manufacturer:

Samsung


Samsung has been keeping mum for the most part when it comes to Marshmallow, so we don't really have an official list with devices planned for update. Instead, we have to make do with leaked information, most of which is unverifiable, so don't be disappointed if these don't pan out.

Samsung devices to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow according to what intel is available include:

  • Galaxy Note 5 (December 2015)
  • Galaxy S6 edge+ (January 2016)
  • Galaxy S6 (January 2016)
  • Galaxy S6 edge (January 2016)
  • Galaxy Note 4 (February 2016)
  • Galaxy Note Edge (February 2016)
  • Galaxy A8 (March 2016)
  • Galaxy S5 (April 2016)
  • Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (April 2016)

If this leaked roadmap is true, we can assume that other models from the Galaxy A and Tab S series will also get a spot at the campfire.

LG


LG was actually the first maker to push Android 6.0 Marshmallow out, as previously mentioned, with G4 owners in Poland (and South Korea, subsequently) enjoying an early taste. Unfortunately, we don't really have information on when the update will roll out globally. LG's last year's flagship, the G3, is expected to get the same treatment in Poland, supposedly starting sometime between the 16th and 18th of December. 

HTC



HTC didn't waste time publicizing its intention of pushing Marshmallow to its devices as quickly as possible, and has provided us all with a handy list. And though the One A9 came out of the gate with Marshmallow, no other One series devices have followed, though that's about to change shortly, as you can tell from the above (official) image.

Motorola


Motorola sure surprised the world last year with a speedy update to Android 5.0 Lollipop in November, but is now stalling, and about to miss that same window it managed last year (November). The US-based, Lenovo-owned company hasn't committed to any specific timeline just yet, but has revealed the list of devices it's working on.

  • Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • Moto X Play
  • Moto G (3rd gen)
  • Moto X Pure Edition (2nd gen, US only)
  • Moto X (2nd gen, Latin America, Europe, Asia
  • Moto G and Moto G LTE (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • Moto MAXX (2014)
  • Moto Turbo (2014)

Obviously, we expect that the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 and DROID MAXX 2 will also get the Marshmallow treatment.

Sony


While there's no word on when exactly various Sony Xperia device will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow, we do know that the company is making steady progress — there's a concept (beta) build already available and being tested for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. While Sony hasn't committed to a schedule, it has confirmed that the following devices will get the update to Marshmallow at some point:

  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Premium
  • Xperia Z3+ 
  • Xperia Z3
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z2
  • Xperia M5
  • Xperia C5 Ultra
  • Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Xperia C4
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet

OnePlus


Startup OnePlus also hasn't committed to an exact date, but has confirmed that all (three) of its devices will get their CyanogenMod/Oxygen software updated to the Android 6.0 Marshmallow base by the end of Q1 of 2016. That means anywhere between January and March. In case you're curious, the list includes:

  • OnePlus Two
  • OnePlus X
  • OnePlus One

Huawei


Chinese Huawei also has a pretty ambitious list of devices it'd like to get up to speed with Marshmallow. It includes the follow phones:

  • P8
  • Mate 7
  • Mate S
  • P8 Youth
  • P8 Max
  • G7 Plus
  • honor 7
  • honor 7i
  • honor 6 Plus
  • honor 6
  • honor X2
  • honor 4X
  • honor Play 4C

Of course, when those software update prompts will light up the screens of Huawei owners' devices is unclear.

Asus


Asus has officially confirmed that the following score of devices will get updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow:

  • ZenFone 2
  • ZenFone 2 Deluxe/Special Edition
  • ZenFone 2 Laser
  • ZenFone Selfie
  • PadFone S

Exact time frames have, once again, been omitted from Asus' official statement (which gave us the above breakdown).

Using past data to estimate wait times


We've gone through a ton of trouble compiling the below two tables with one single goal: to provide the data needed to be able to make a forecast. As you can see, Motorola won the race to the finish line with Lollipop, followed by Samsung and LG. HTC, and especially Sony, were late to the party. Looking even further back, the tally is similar, but not entirely. Motorola was once again first to deliver Android 4.4 KitKat, followed by Samsung and HTC. LG took a month longer, while Sony needed yet another and again ended last.


Obviously, reading too much into this data is not advised. It's a new year, new update, and companies might have different priorities attached to software updates. So last year's first to the finish line could end up last, and vice-versa.

This post is to be continuously updated as we get more information on planned firmware releases from manufacturers. Stay tuned!

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54 Comments

1. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I'd like to know when my GNex will get Kitkat.

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

CM 11 m8

3. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

No more CM anymore, they are traitors

4. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Or CM12.1, rock it on to 5.1.1 What would be awesome would be if Google made it a rule for the OEM's to provide pure Android for each device from a download somewhere. CM is so buggy now, it's hard to keep it on my phone for more than I month, then I switch back to original firmware, then miss 'stock' Android but have to deal with CM again. If they did this, they would win back a lot of fans which are dying off a little bit

5. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Impossible since Google went to bed with carriers.

45. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Oh oh Dummy got banned :P

46. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Oh oh Dummy got banned :P

50. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

All I have to say is it's about darn time!

51. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

After almost one year yea

6. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I'm currently on CM12 5.1 on the GNex and it's pretty stable

24. waddup121 unregistered

Nexs gunna get it first

7. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

Android = fragmentation period.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Android =the number one, most popular mobile OS by a factor of over 4. Android = the choice of nearly 8 of every 10 smartphone buyers. Android =the most powerful, functional and flexible mobile OS on the planet.

44. MANOFSTEEL

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Yeaaahhh you right homeboy is also the most unsafe, fragmented, laggy, hacked, cheap, ratchet, not user friendly etc.....!!!!!

62. KimGriff

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 21, 2015

Well with the benefit of 2 months of hindsight. This "roadmap" turned out to be a total load of misinformation anyway... (Samsung Galaxy S6 edge +, not carrier branded, it's nearly the middle of March and I'm still waiting)!

8. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

How about not flagship galaxy s3 mini, galaxy s5 zoom, galaxy a5, a7, sony c3, sony c4, sony e3, lg optimus huawei zte lenovo

10. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

In case of the non-flagships, you are at the OEMs' mercy.

36. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

That bad

12. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

They will be left behind spicily Samsung ones since they have alot of phones. And by galaxy S5 zoom you mean S4 zoom or k zoom?

14. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

S5 Zoom is aka for K Zoom

23. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

I didnt get lollipop on Galaxy Alpha yet. Just france in EU got it till now... From now on I am buying just flagships like I always did.

41. Pogma9

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

S4 mini is a good phone, ie, small and light, but no good for net and media.

43. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

S3 mini and K zoom will definitely not get it, or Sony C3 and E3. Lenovo, if you ever get it, will be many months away. Huawei as well. ZTE you might just as well give up. LG will eventually update its devices, but only the new G series devices. Anything less, good luck getting it.

59. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Galaxy S3 Mini is never going to see an update, I don't even think it got KitKat. Which LG Optimus do you mean? Based on the few LG phones I've had, LG doesn't bump their low end/low mid range phones up an Android version (LG Optimus V never got Gingerbread, LG Volt never got Lollipop). Can't speak at all for any of the other ones, though.

16. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

As always Sony users will get it on March/April, so two months later after my phone will be outdated again

17. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Google really has to put some mandates in to prevent fragmentation. You can update Play services all you want, but it still doesn't give the customer access to the latest features in the next iteration even if their hardware supports it. Android needs to leverage these OEM's to provide at least one update to their range of devices in a release year and to come pre-loaded with the current release. Selling newly released phones in 2015 with Kit Kat on them is a travesty and it is not in the best interests of Google's ecosystem.

30. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

If you don't

31. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

If you don't want fragmentation and want fast updates, go and buy an iphone.....

47. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Or you could stick with Motorola, a better option

18. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

YAY let the long wait of updating happen again!

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