Although Google is getting ready to release the Android 7.0 Nougat – the latest version of the OS – some smartphones are still waiting for the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to kick in.
However, the first gen Samsung Galaxy A5 and a few other smartphones from European countries and South Africa will receive the update starting today. Naturally, these devices will be getting the many app permissions; the Doze feature and the Google Now on Tap that come with Android Marshmallow. Moreover, they will also be receiving the latest Android security patches.
While it’s true that many other newer generation devices have updated from Android Lollipop to Android Marshmallow, there are still many that haven’t gotten it yet and the reasons for this situation are many. For example, there’s usually a problem with the carriers that take their time to implement carrier specific features into the OS updates before letting them roll out. Another reason could be the fact the some of the Android Lollipop devices are outdated and do not have the necessary specs for the upgrade.
The same problems may be encountered when the final build for Android 7.0 Nougat comes out. Basically, your best bet for actually trying out the newest OS’s is to buy a new generation Nexus device, most particularly, the one that is released showcasing the Android 7.0 Nougat.
If you have an older generation smartphone running on Android Lollipop and you are waiting for your Android Marshmallow update, you may want to check for the update manually, to be sure that it’s really not there. But if it is there, by all means, update your device. You will find it in your Settings menu.
If you decide to update, it would be wise to have a fully charged phone before you start and that you back up all of your data, in case something goes wrong.
Samsung updated the Galaxy A range of smartphone so the Galaxy A5 (2016) now comes with the update if you’d like a phone that will get the latest Android 7.0 Nougat at some point in the future. Stay tuned for more details.