A newly leaked document has surfaced that gives us insight into Samsung’s Android Marshmallow update plans. The roadmap documents categorize various Samsung phones into three distinct phases, listing release months alongside the most popular Android devices that Samsung has released over the last year.
While the leaked documents do name all the most popular Android phones in Samsung’s lineup, the model numbers shown are for the unlocked variants, not the carrier-branded version that you most likely purchased from your service provider. We don’t yet have any details as to when Samsung plans on releasing Android 6.0 for the various carrier-branded versions of its phones, but we can easily assume that the updates for carrier models will fall at least 2-4 weeks after the unlocked versions are updated.
As you might expect, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ will be among the first Samsung phones to be updated to Android 6.0. The two devices are expected to receive the Marshmallow update in December. Starting in January, Samsung plans to release the new version of Android for its flagship Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones, followed by the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge in February. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Alpha are also included in Phase 1, but the document lists the release status as “waiting approval” with no ETA given.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (DEC 2015)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (DEC 2015)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 (JAN 2016)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (JAN 2016)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (JAN 2016)
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (FEB 2016)
- Samsung Galaxy S5 (TBD)
- Samsung Galaxy Alpha (TBD)
Phase 2 (TBD)
The second phase of Samsung’s Android 6.0 roadmap lists the Samsung Galaxy A3, A5, A7, A8, E5 and E7 but does not give any indication as to when the new software will be delivered to each phone. If we assume that Samsung will be focusing all of its attention on phase 1 before beginning the rollout of phase 2, the earliest we could see an Android Marshmallow build for any of these phones is spring of 2016.
- Samsung Galaxy A8
- Samsung Galaxy A7
- Samsung Galaxy A5
- Samsung Galaxy A3
- Samsung Galaxy E7
- Samsung Galaxy E5
Phase 3 (TBD)
While not specifically listed in today’s leaked Marshmallow roadmap, the devices below are also expected to be updated to Android 6.0. Based on Samsung’s history, we wouldn’t be surprised if these devices don’t get updated to Android 6.0 before next summer.
- Samsung Galaxy J5
- Samsung Galaxy J7
- Samsung Galaxy On5
- Samsung Galaxy On7
- Samsung Galaxy Tab E
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7
- Samsung Galaxy Tab A