Samsung is rolling out the global update for its flagship Android devices starting today. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are the first of Samsung’s flagships to receive the latest version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. For a quick refresher, some of the best features in Android M are listed below:
- Now on Tap: get assistance without having to leave what you’re doing—whether you’re in an app or on a website. Just touch and hold the home button.
- Do more with your voice. Now you can have a dialogue with any of your apps that support the new voice interaction service. For example, if a user says “play some music on TuneIn,” TuneIn will respond by asking “What genre?”.
- Direct Share: a fast and easy way to share to the right person in the right app.
- Doze: when your device is at rest, Doze automatically puts it into a sleep state to increase your standby battery life.
- App Standby: no more battery drain from seldom used apps; App Standby limits their impact on battery life so your charge lasts longer.
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- On an Android Marshmallow device, apps designed for Android Marshmallow only ask for permission right when it’s needed. You can deny any permission and still continue to use the app.
- Advanced controls to turn permissions on or off for all your installed apps.
For U.S. models, depending on the carrier, Samsung will make separate announcements on the details of OS update schedules. What that means is if you bought your Samsung Galaxy S6 from AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile, you will not be getting your Android M update today. Each carrier in the U.S. has to make modifications to Samsung’s update in order for it to be compatible on their networks.
In addition to the Android M updates, Samsung is also including new features with the S6 edge display which will hopefully make the edges more useful.
- Increased edge display from 260 pixels wide to 550 pixels for more content to be displayed.
- Users can now customize up to nine panels, including the People edge and Apps edge panels.
- With all the expanded space of the upgraded edge panel, users can now add ten apps instead of five. In addition to single apps, users can add entire folders for maximum smartphone organization.
- A brand new Quick tools, which includes a ruler, compass and customizable flashlight, has also been added in a separate panel to simplify one’s everyday life.
- Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports and Yahoo! News come pre-equipped with the OS upgrade, delivering the latest stock reports, the scores of the big games and the biggest headlines right to the edge screen.
It has taken Samsung four months to release the Android M update to just its S6 and S6 edge. Are you excited for the update? You should be because Android 6.0’s improvements are significant.
Samsung press release
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge | SpecOut
Samsung Galaxy S6 | SpecOut
As per the norm, Marshmallow brings a lot of cool new features, such as Doze for better battery saving, Google Now On Tap, App Permissions, and much more. However, with this update also comes a lot of improvements to the Galaxy S6 Edge’s Edge screen. The Edge screen has been pretty limited as to what it can do, but it’s getting a pretty big overhaul.
Here’s the official word from Samsung:
“Samsung has taken the unique user interface of the beautifully curved edge screen to the next level, making it faster and more convenient than ever to perform daily tasks and get the information you need, all with a simple swipe and tap.”
As part of this update, Samsung is giving users the option to widen the Edge panel to a whopping 550 pixels, allowing better and more rich content to be displayed (seen above).
In addition to this, Samsung has made some improvements to its quick access and edge panels, allowing users to be able to fully customize up to nine panels, most notably People Edge and Apps Edge. In the case of Apps Edge, users can now add up to ten apps instead of five. They’ll even be able to organize them in folders, allowing the user to maximize the amount of space they get in Apps Edge.
This update also brings a new Tasks edge panel. This panel will provide a shortcut to the features of your most commonly used applications. For instance, it will allow you to quickly compose a text or set an alarm. There’s also a new Quick Tools option (seen above) that has a bunch of handy utilities built-in, such as a ruler, flashlight, and more.
While all of these features are very nice additions, what users will particularly enjoy is the ability to customize where the “fixed tab” is to open the Edge panel. It’s placement can now be adjusted, as well as the size and transparency. This can be found in the Settings menu.
For those interested, you can find out all of the specific details at the source link below.
Samsung mentioned that these features would be coming initially to the Galaxy S6 Edge. There was no mention of the GS6 Edge+, though it’s likely that a similar update isn’t too far out.
If you haven’t gotten the update, be sure to head into Settings > About Phone to check for it manually.
What do you think of Samsung’s new Edge features? Sound off in the comments below!
Come comment on this article: Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge Marshmallow update brings with it new Edge-specific features
Samsung’s next two flagships are on the way, and that means carriers and retailers want to burn through existing inventory of last year’s devices. First up to start dumping Samsung phones is AT&T with a new promotion that includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Active, and even the Galaxy Note 5.
AT&T customers can purchase any of the aforementioned Samsung phones through an AT&T Next installment plan before picking up a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Active with 32GB of internal storage for free. Since AT&T Next is part of the promotion and you’re not buying devices outright, the carrier will issue credit within three billing cycles. However, the credit will be spread across thirty months.
The deal expires on March 31, and select locations are not eligible to redeem the offer. AT&T says the deal is a no-go in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Florida’s Miami-Dade County.
Come comment on this article: [Deal] AT&T hosting BOGO promotion with Samsung’s high-end phones
T-Mobile has at last started rolling out the long-awaited Android 6.0.1 update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in Poland. The carrier is pushing the firmware to all handsets bearing the model numbers G920 and G925. It’s also set to port an identical upgrade to its carrier-branded devices in the United Kingdom later this month.
The update brings the latest build of Marshmallow, which applies greater control over application permissions, an enhanced battery-life through Doze, a redesigned application drawer, Fingerprint-authentication for payments, a handful of speed optimizations and bug fixes to the duo.
The upgrade should take around an hour to download and install on your smartphone. However, the amount of power your device has at the time of installation will play a huge role — so try and keep it plugged into the wall to take advantage of faster processing speeds.
To see if it’s ready for your handset, open up the Settings application, scroll right down to the bottom and tap on About Device, select the System Updates subheading, then tap Check for Updates. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive a push notification prompting you to download and install it.
Come comment on this article: T-Mobile pushing out Marshmallow OTA for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in Poland
The rumor mill it still spinning at warp speed with hordes of speculation regarding Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone of 2016, the Galaxy S7. The most reliable information so far has come from Russian Analyst Eldar Murtazin who is now back with another exposé this time claiming that the device’s 3,000mAh battery will be able to withstand 48-hours of regular use at 75% of brightness.
What’s rather interesting here is Murtazin’s use of the word regular. His screen-on time during the experiment exhibits just over 4 and a half hours, which no way equates to the amount of time I spend on my phone a day. Also, the SIM card inserted was running on 3G and not 4G, which would have a significant improvement on battery life.
I’m not complaining, though. I only seem to get around 8-hours worth of use out of my 10-month old Galaxy S6 Edge on 3G. Consequently, I have to plug it into the wall half way through the day to juice it up — so having a handset that could last for two-days straight would be a huge improvement on what I’m currently experiencing.
Just in case you’ve missed any of the Galaxy S7 gossip, it looks like the unit will pack a 5.1-inch qHD display, a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890 Octa chipset, an Adreno 530/Mali-T880 MP12 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 32/64/128GB of internal flash memory and a 2,550mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery.
Source: Eldar Murtazin (Twitter)
Come comment on this article: Latest rumor suggests that the Galaxy S7 will have a two-day battery life
Samsung has decided to skip Android 6.0 and go straight to Android 6.0.1. This update patches some of the initial bugs in Marshmallow and generally improves performance.
The Android 6.0.1 update has begun rolling out to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge users in South Korea. We have seen leaks in the past that showed some design changes in the beta version of the update, and if you liked them, you’re in luck. The leaks closely match screenshots taken by SamMobile that show some new UI changes. Some of the most noticeable one’s being the newly designed notification menu and power menu.
It shouldn’t be long before the update makes way out of South Korea to more nations around the globe. Mid-February seems like a good estimate right now. We’ll keep you posted.
Come comment on this article: Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge begin receiving Marshmallow in South Korea
We’ve been waiting and waiting for something official from Samsung about when we can expect some of their flagship devices to finally be updated to Android 6.0, and while there’s still nothing official from the company, a leaked roadmap seems to indicate that the first round of upgrades should happen in February. Keep in mind that the first set of leaks said updates should’ve happened back in December, so take everything with a grain of salt.
The first phase of devices, includes all of Samsung’s 2015 flagships (Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5) and the Galaxy S5, Note 4 and Note Edge. The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ will lead the way in February with the Marshmallow update, with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge seeing their updates in March. The GS6, Note 4, and Note Edge will round things out in March or April.
According to the leak, all of these updates for the devices have already been approved by Samsung, so all that’s left is to get carrier approval to begin pushing things out. We’ve seen that process take a decent amount of time, so don’t be surprised if things keep slipping out a little further.
Here’s hoping Samsung gets at least a few of their older devices updated before announcing the Galaxy S7.
Come comment on this article: Samsung’s Marshmallow updates pushed back again, this time to February
When Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge+ in the second quarter of 2015, it promised customers it would distribute monthly security upgrades in order to keep the handsets up to date and running smoothly. It certainly appears that the South Korean company is staying true to its word as it’s now rolling out December’s upgrade to the devices located in India and the Nordic countries.
The upgrade doesn’t transport any added functionality, but it does bundle a plethora of much-needed bug fixes and stability improvements to bring better security and more reliable voice calls to the handsets, along with several battery life enhancements. A full list of all the changes can be seen over on Samsung’s security blog.
As is the norm, this update is being distributed in stages. To see if it’s ready for your device head into Settings, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”. Alternatively, you can wait until you receive a push notification prompting you to install the update.
Come comment on this article: Samsung rolls out December security update for the Galaxy S6 trio in India and the Nordic countries
If recent reports are anything to go by, Samsung’s next Galaxy flagship will come in two screen sizes, quite akin to Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6S. The current Galaxy flagship comes in two variants – the flat screened Galaxy S6 and the curved screened-Galaxy S6 Edge. According to South Korea’s ET News, the successor to the Galaxy S6 will come with a 5.2-inch screen, whereas the Galaxy S7 Edge will have a 5.5-inch display.
Earlier, we had informed you that Samsung could release its Galaxy S7 with two different processor types. Allegedly, some markets will see the Samsung Exynos 8890 processor with others getting the Snapdragon 820.
The report further states that the Korean electronic giant is already planning to start the production of around 3.3 million Galaxy S7 units and 1.6 million S7 Edge units. The mass-production will however commence in February.
While the current Galaxy flagship comes in two screen styles (flat and curved), both the devices share the same 5.1-inch display. The Galaxy S6 Edge+, which is an upgraded version of the Galaxy S6 Edge, comes with a 5.7-inch screen size.
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Samsung has begun rolling out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta firmware to those who registered for the Galaxy Beta Program in the UK. This comes only a couple days after the Korean tech giant originally began looking for beta testers.
The update brings all of the exciting goodies that come with Android 6.0, including App Permissions, Google Now On Tap, Doze, improved animations, and more.
— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) December 23, 2015
This is beta firmware, and as a result, there will no doubt be a lot of bugs that need to be worked out. In the meantime, if you’ve been anxiously awaiting Marshmallow on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, be sure to enroll in the Galaxy Beta Program.
Now that Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge owners are receiving the beta, it shouldn’t be too long before an official firmware release.
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