Why you’re still waiting for Marshmallow

Why you’re still waiting for Marshmallow

Wouldn’t it be great if Android updates could be released a little faster? Better yet, if it could be much faster. It seems that some of us will be upgrading to new devices before we even get Marshmallow. And do you know what? I think that's exactly what phone manufacturers want.

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If only Android had a little more Marshmallow... / © NextPit

New smartphone releases

With HTC's Mo Versi announcing on Twitter yesterday that the Marshmallow update was finally coming to the One M8 and M9 – but only for AT&T customers – I began to wonder about the timing of this release. Yes, it does take time to skin Android to run on these devices. And HTC had to collaborate with AT&T, which would slow down the process. It's not like HTC took this long just for fun. But let's remember when the factory images for Nexus devices were released: October 5 of last year. That's more than seven months ago. 

I wonder if this has anything to do with the release of the newer HTC 10, which was announced and made available for pre-order one month ago. The timing strikes me as a little too coincidental. It's clear that a new smartphone running the latest version of Android is a strong selling point.

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HTC One M8 and M9 owners on AT&T are finally getting Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Galaxy S6 that never stood a chance

My colleague Chris Marshall was excited to learn that Samsung would be releasing Marshmallow for his Galaxy S6. The announcement came back in mid-February. I remember asking on several occasions, in the weeks following the news, whether the global rollout had finally made its way to him. Chris's answer was invariably, "no". After a while, I wondered if it would ever arrive.

Then the Galaxy S7 was released with Marshmallow in March. The S6 update, which may have just been slow for some owners, had still not arrived. The question of timing, with the release of new Marshmallow-packed phones preceding the updating of older devices, crossed my mind then as well. The seemingly haphazard release of updates is a source of frustration for many of us. But it didn't matter in the end for Chris; an iPhone killed his Galaxy S6 before it ever received the update. Yes, it's a tragic story.

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This S6 will never receive Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT


Marshmallow was officially announced as a developer preview on May 28 of last year. We didn’t see the official rollout until October 5, though, when factory images for a host of Nexus devices were released. It’s now almost mid-May 2016 and there are still devices slowly receiving Marshmallow.

However, for some of us, I think the wait is so long and the hype of the release so far behind us, that it doesn’t even matter anymore. Honestly, part of me has given up on expecting to see Marshmallow appearing on many of the Android devices I use. I'm looking toward Android N now. But kudos to companies like Motorola, though. The Moto X is known for receiving updates relatively fast and my 2nd gen Moto X has had it for months already. 

Fragmentation is the result of the lop-sided rollout of updates. This isn’t directly the fault of one party, company or person. The Android ecosystem is a complex web of companies building products that connect and enable us. We’ve written extensively about how, even when Google releases a big update for Android, manufacturers will skin it and telcos will modify it before sending out updates. But, for now, fragmentation remains a massive problem for Android. 

Are you still waiting for Marshmallow? Let me know in the comments. 

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  • Arshad Anjum Aug 6, 2016 Link to comment

    Hi Omar,
    I bought my Samsung Galaxy S6 from Oman. After 2 months i came back to India and there was an update for the device on OTA. I updated it but soon my device started to malfunction. The touch used to freeze and become unresponsive occasionally. I went to the Samsung Service centre and they provided the solution that the software is for Oman region and we need to get in the software that is for India and the problem will be sorted out. But after that also the problem persists. Seriously cant make out what is happening as i have already soft reset and hard reset my device. But still no use. I guess that updating it to Marshmallow will solve the problem but the thing is still haven't received my update OTA. When contacted the service centre they said that the version of Marshmallow in India wont work for my device. I am confused as i have already been to a service centre in India and they never said anything like that. What should I do??? Help please.

  • Matt Lewis May 26, 2016 Link to comment

    Hi i av a LG G4. H815 on 3network in the uk and still not had the marshmallow update can someone help plz thanks

  • Kwan S. May 20, 2016 Link to comment

    Hello all i'm havinig samsung s3 but i was not able to update my version. please help me out.

  • Jerry's W. May 16, 2016 Link to comment

    Samsung S5 Plus (SM-G901F)
    To my supreme I can announce 100% certain Samsung began rolling out MM 6.01 for my phone. See Sammobile website. 10th May started with Germany and 13th may for Nordic countries
    For the Dutch readers: you already can download the Rom there and flash it, Nordic Rom has Dutch language and will be same as official rom for Netherlands..
    (Be very careful, rom for SM901F is not for the standard S5!!! Check Settings-about phone-modelnumber uf uncertain. If you do NOT have the exact model I started this post with than DO NOT FLASH that rom, you will end up with broken hardware.)
    If you flash your MM rom this will not trip the KNOX because it is Official Rom from Samsung.
    And I. ..? What will I do? I think I just sit back and relax and wait a few weeks for the rom for Netherlands. :-)

  • Howard Posener May 16, 2016 Link to comment

    I do t think it's the carriers. I have a fully paid for note 4 unlocked. Like millions of other people non contracted phones in the rest of the world I'm still waiting for update marshmallow. If I was Apple I would go to town about android pathetic update policy. But I also agree than Google should insist when they issue licenses to phone companies part of the deal should be guaranteed promt updates for three years.

  • Tyrone Prince May 15, 2016 Link to comment

    And here is the second funny part they have some more new software called Android n and they can't even update the rest of their phones to get the Marshollow what's going on Google post to be the big G you you ain't handle your software UPDATE SOFTWARE distributor problem and you control the internet?!!!

  • Tyrone Prince May 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Likebthank God somebody said something about this why I thought I was the only one that felt this way help I'm still on KitKat and it's been over 3 years three years Google since an update the ZTE Max but what they want you to do about a new phone well guess what I'm not buying nothing I'm tired of buying phones what next you wanted to buy software to come on Google you all be fools and keep on buying them $700 phones I am buying nothing I'm through forget a software update sometimes I feel like I want to just say forget Google... like come on man only 7.5% a people have marshmallow and then lollipop maybe about 32 to 35% and the rest on KitKat which is about 30% and it's been over two or three years Bush I want to keep on phone to have the same problems and a couple years forget about it man word......

  • Paul Kissel May 15, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm pretty much done with Android phones. I love my Motorola phone hardware but the poor software upgrade history has been unacceptable. So when it comes time to upgrade this Fall I will only be looking at the Apple iPhone and Google Nexus line. They are the only ones that seem to get updates on a reasonable basis. All the cool new designs from the other players don't really matter to me if they aren't going be supported after the sale.

  • Ralph R. May 15, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm glad you got the Marshmallow update for your 2nd generation Motorola Moto X phone. But unlike you, and I guess many others, or maybe it was just my phone that didn't get the Android Marshmallow 6.0 update. Regardless of the fact, I'm still waiting for the update to hit my 2014 Moto X that I bought from U.S.Cellular. After all the broken promises Motorola had made to U.S.Cellular consumers about speedy updates that never happened, leaves me feeling like I got ripped off. I for one after being lied to by Motorola makes me not ever want to buy, and more than likely will not buy another Motorola product again, no matter how good the next generation phone may, or may not be. As far as smartphones go, a phone without the latest software leaves the person using the phone vulnerable, due to the always never ending evolving sophisticated online threats that never cease to target outdated smartphone software. It is also in my opinion that Motorola is putting it customers at great risk for a measly buck or two. As someone who has bought only Motorola phones since the first generation Moto X came out, I can tell you with great certainty that since they released the 2014 second generation Moto X, is that Motorola only values is customers when the next generation phone is due to be released for sale, or when a big holliday like Christmas is just around the corner. (Unless they just like sticking it to U.S.Cellular customers) Then they want you to buy their latest, and greatest new over priced, and outdated phone to stick it to you, the consumer later on in that year, to yet to be lied to again, and again.

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  • Kevin Farmer May 14, 2016 Link to comment

    uk on vodafone note 4, still waiting for MM, wifey has z3 compact has MM, Samsung not being very responsive. Maybe a Nexus or Motorola for me next time.
    16/05/16..updating to MM now..yay!

  • James May 14, 2016 Link to comment

    I just upgraded my UK carrier unlocked note 4 N910F to MM. Search for Samfirm software it's on XDA developers. Run the programming on PC. Put SM-910F in the Model box and DBT in Region check the box marked auto and press check update button. Download th
    e firmware. once downloaded press decrypt button. now you have a firm ware that will flash using Odin. Search for Odin and use the instructions you find for installing the update. obviously all at your own risk but it does not root your phone or wipe it. mines working great. on 6.0.1

    • Peter Dec 13, 2017 Link to comment

      Just fyi, SamFirm was deprecated. The original devs teamed up with and released a new tool for firmware downloads, here's the link for anyone interested:

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  • Trent May 14, 2016 Link to comment

    Very timely article. EE in the UK style themselves as the fastest carrier yet have not released Marshmallow. This means we have been without the security updates since last year. Look at #ee #marshmallow on Twitter for all the confusion EE are causing on this - promises of rollouts, then denials. Then blaming it on Samsung! I won't change to Apple bit I will go to a new carrier when my contract ends. Rant over :)

  • Brandon May 14, 2016 Link to comment

    Att note 4 no update yet. Really sucks. Updated need to be like iOS. Only thing I envy about iPhone.

    • Sergio A Guzmán May 14, 2016 Link to comment

      There are few iPhones, all of them of the same manufacturer (Apple), so updates are rolling out quickly.
      Samsung, for example, has a bunch of devices, they release updates first for global, no-carrier-dependent models, then the carriers may adapt a ROM according to its needs (bloatware), then they roll out the updates a ... few... few... months later.

      In conclusion, not only manufacturers are culprit of update delays, but also carriers (in a laaaaaaaaarge degree).

    • Nick May 14, 2016 Link to comment

      agree 100%. I own both Iphone and note 4 and no comparison IOS can be updated in no time

    • Emma William May 15, 2016 Link to comment

      When would the latest Android version would be released for Note 4 (UAE) N910C?

  • Scott May 14, 2016 Link to comment

    So many things could be said about this but the underlying problem is that Google has to take control of the ecosystem. The Nexus devices are a start but a line needs to be drawn in the sand. Android is popular enough now that they can pull it off. They need to hold manufactures and partners to the fire and tell them, "you'll release updates for x years within y months of our OS releases. You don't and you're cut off the Google Play Store and Google's proprietary APIs." End of story.

  • Jean-Philippe Beaulieu May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I received the OTA in december on my Moto X play in Canada ! Thanks Moto!

  • Jerry's W. May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Samsung s5 plus (sm-g901f)... still waiting too.
    I think about rooting it and goto xda developers and get a nice Rom installed. Roms on xda can have bugs in the beginning but most work flawlessly good. better battery, safety and privacy settings etc. etc.
    the only thing I did not do this until now is for reason I'll be tripping knox and warranty.
    my old Samsung s2 still works with rooted state and Rom from xda-developers website.
    rooting your phone can be risky if you don't read the Manuel or install Roms wich are not written for your phone model.
    but hey.. we all can read don't we? :-)
    Pieter mentioned something here in comments I do agree with: if you r waiting for m.m. and your phone is listed for upgrade (read the articles about it in Android Pit) ... sit back, relax and enjoy your phone as it is now... A simple rule for all things in life is: be happy what you have now, don't be unhappy about all you could have ;-)

    • Mohamad sanaullah Sep 28, 2016 Link to comment

      Can I update my s5 g901f United Kingdom EE to the germany one and what about the network as II live in mauritius?Help Please

  • Stephen Burgess May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Being highly reluctant to root my phone, I've been waiting for M way too long. I have an AT&T S6 Edge + and now an AT&T S7 Edge w/M for work, I am really frustrated with the seemingly unnecessary wait.

  • chris verhulst May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    My Moto E LTE has now for more than a month Android 6.0. First was my device in conflict with swiftkey, but after a few days was there a update from swiftkey and everything works after these update reel smooth. Batterylife is 2 days + some hours.

  • Alex May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I have been still waiting for Marsha mallow!! since its release but now no more because I have a Cyanogen OS Phone so my phone got all the best features of cyanogen and I am bored of waiting for marshamallow

  • Moody Khan May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Ya I am still waiting for marshmallow.i am using Galaxy s5 sm-g900f.but the wait is going longer and longer

  • Davin Peterson May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Today Verizon posted an updated for the Droid Turbo, but it is still not Marshmallow. It is Android Security Patches that bring up to the April 2016.

  • Viktor jovanović v. May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I have get update on Marchmallow on my Nexus 5 in october last year and it runs perfect; now is on 6.0.1 and every month also get securety patch.

    • Trent May 14, 2016 Link to comment

      That's a big point with the delay - we get no security updates....

  • Julie May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I have an S6 thru AT&T and still waiting for Marshmallow. I keep checking with AndroidPIT and checking if ne installs thru my settings, NOTHING! I give up! I was going to get the S7 but I really like my S6, best phone I ever had, especially using the Nova Launcher.
    I guess I'll just keep checking...

    • Jared Korenko May 22, 2016 Link to comment

      My Sprint S6 got the update at the end of March 2016 but my S6 and every other S6 owners that i know all don't have the U.I. TUNER capabilities to enable on their Galaxy S6'S So I'm giving you a heads up...sorry.

  • Arshdeep Singh Saini May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Still waiting for S5 from Rogers...

  • Teri McGinnis May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Still waiting for my update for my Samsung Galaxy s5 SM 900V. Getting ridiculous!

  • John Martin May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Note 4 on EE still waiting for Marshmallow...

  • husalafagus May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I have the s6 metropcs and still waiting for update. Metro tells me "when or if" there is an update. It was my fault cause i usually get unlocked international phones. Does metro really think by answering like that, that i would go buy an s7 from them just because it has marshmallow?

  • Bob visser May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I highly doubt that a lot of people buy a new phone just to have the latest Android version. The majority of the people that I know don't even know wich version the do have some don't even know (or care) how much storage there device has.

    I am still waiting for the update to marshmallow and have no clue when to expect it. This is probably my first and last cyanogen os phone.

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    Deactivated Account May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    with regards to stock Nexus, regular updates are important, how else am I gonna enjoy the features that Sony LG and Samsung users enjoy...
    but my 2nd gen Moto X has really improved with M6, after 18months of daily use my device is smoother and has better battery life... all from software upgrades

  • Pieter Uys May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    If you have a 2015 top of the range handset, it's probably a beast, and runs very smooth on Lollipop. So, enjoy your phone and stop stressing about Android upgrades. It's too over hyped anyway.
    I have replaced phones after 1 year in the past, but that was due to advancement in the new phone itself, not because of an Android upgrade.

  • Sagnik May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I am using Asus ZenFone 2 Laser ze550kl version. When android marshmallow realised Asus declared that they will give a marshmallow update to the ZenFone 2 laser users. But still I am waiting for the update..

  • Leonardo Gabiati May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    On my Z3C i got the update about 3-4 days ago, but man, some people received almost 1 month before me.

  • Peter Harwood May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    I've had it for over a month now on my Z5 and i definitely wouldn't upgrade just to get marshmallow as there's not much difference between lollipop or marshmallow and in some ways it's not as good!

    • Omar Hamwi May 13, 2016 Link to comment

      Very true, Peter. Most of us probably wouldn't notice much difference in the overall experience.

  • Lalit
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    May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Nope @Omar I am not waiting for marshmallow :P I am some of the first people to receive Marshmallow.

  • Faisal Pandor May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    please let me know quickly

  • Faisal Pandor May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    why cant i update my phone to the latest android 6.0? on my galaxy s6 edge

  • FOUAD AB May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    New to android world , it's a completely different ot IOS where you can update to a new version the day is out.

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