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Android 6.0 Marshmallow: update overview for smartphones and tablets

Update: Nvidia Shield Tablet Marshmallowed

Authored by: Chris Marshall — 6 days ago

Google began rolling out the Android Marshmallow update to certain Nexus devices in October, and the most recent recipient of the Marshmallow prize was the Nvidia Shield Tablet. Want to know when your phone will get Marshmallow? Check out our list of devices, from Samsung, Sony, LG, Motorola, Google and more, to see which are in line for the latest Android update and when.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow update: Asus

On November 16, Asus posted a list of devices that are set to receive the new Android update on the Asus ZenTalk message board. Pay attention to the model numbers – given Asus' talent for releasing huge numbers of similar devices, they are very important.

Asus Marshmallow updates Android 6.0 Marshmallow
PadFoneS PF500KL Confirmed
ZenFone 2 ZE550ML/ZE551ML Confirmed
ZenFone 2 Deluxe / Special Edition ZE551ML Confirmed
ZenFone 2 Laser ZE500KG/ZE500KL/ZE550KL/ZE600KL/ZE601KL Confirmed
ZenFone Selfie ZD551KL Confirmed

There's no indication yet of how long it will be before the update arrives, or whether any other devices will get it, so don't hold your breath on either of those fronts.

Android update: Google/Nexus

Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA (over-the-air) update to the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player has begun. The rollout will occur in stages, with some carriers set to receive the update sooner than others. The Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 10 are not scheduled to receive the update.

Google's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices launched with Android 6.0 pre-installed in October.

Factory images for Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow are now available directly from Google.

It includes a quick camera launch on the Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9, the same as was already present in Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the Nexus 6P and 5X. Double-pressing the power button should now, in theory, launch the camera. Whether this happens, or whether your device will simply go to sleep, is a gamble.

The update also adds more than 200 new emoji characters and some other, very minor additions and fixes.

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Nexus 4 No No
Nexus 5 Available Available
Nexus 6 Available Available
Nexus 7 (2012) No No
Nexus 7 (2013) WLAN Available Available
Nexus 7 (2013) LTE Available Available
Nexus 9 Available Available
Nexus 10 No No
Nexus Player Available Available
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You're now looking at Android Marshmallow. / © Google

Android update: HTC

Thanks to the official HTC Twitter account, we have a confirmed list of HTC devices due to receive Android Marshmallow. Though the Android 6.0 update is scheduled to roll out at the end of 2015 for the HTC One M9 and HTC One M8, the fine print notes that not all carriers will be able to deliver it. 

Honor has begun taking sign-ups for Marshmallow beta testers in the UK for its Honor 6, 6 Plus and 4X devices.

To participate in the test, just head over to the Honor signup page and enter your device's IMEI 1 number and select the build number of your device's firmware.

In January, HTC One M9 owners in Canada began seeing Marshmallow roll out. The carriers releasing the update were Rogers, SaskTel, Videotron and Wind. 

Elsewhere, HTC One M8 owners on Sprint in the US also began receiving the update, while T-Mobile has scheduled the release for January 25.

HTC Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi confirmed via Twitter that the HTC One M8 GPE will receive Android Marshmallow sometime in October. GPE (Google Play Edition) phones were originally designed to offer a pure Android experience on non-Nexus devices, and were second in line only to Nexus phones when it came to Android updates, but they've been dying out lately. HTC has breathed a little life back into its GPE device with this update news.

HTC also confirmed that the HTC One M7 would not receive Marshmallow because it is now more than two years old and outside of the update window.

This list below is not final and we will keep you informed of all other HTC devices that are added to it.

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HTC One M9 Confirmed
HTC One M8 Confirmed
HTC One Mini 2 No
HTC One M7 No
HTC One Mini No
HTC One M9+ Confirmed
HTC One E9+ Confirmed
HTC One E9 Confirmed
HTC One ME Confirmed
HTC One E8 Confirmed
HTC One M8 EYE Confirmed
HTC One Butterfly 3 Confirmed
HTC Desire 826 Confirmed
HTC One 820 Confirmed
HTC Desire 816 Confirmed
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This is the list of HTC devices that are confirmed to receive Android Marshmallow. / © HTC

Android Marshmallow update: Huawei

On October 28, Android Central reported that Marshmallow beta testing will begin on the Honor 7 in around four weeks, according to Huawei exec Xi Zhao. This news makes it seem likely that Honor 7 users will also be the first Huawei customers to receive Marshmallow on a larger scale.

A tweet from the Indian Honor Twitter page confirms that Honor customers will begin receiving the latest Android update in February. It lists the Honor 4c, 4x, 6, 6 Plus and 7 as the devices set to receive the new OS.

Huawei has also published a list of devices that are set to get Marshmallow. The rollout is due to begin in November, but expect it to last into 2016. More devices are likely to be added, but here is the list as it stands now:

HTC Marshmallow updates Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Honor 7 Confirmed
Honor 6+ Confirmed
Honor 6 Confirmed
Honor 4X Confirmed
Honor 4C Confirmed
Honor 7i aka Huawei ShotX Confirmed
Huawei P8 Confirmed
Huawei P8 Lite Confirmed
Huawei Mate S Confirmed
Huawei Ascend P7 -
Huawei Mate 7 Confirmed
Huawei Ascend G7 Confirmed
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The Honor 7 is likely to be the first Huawei device to receive the Marshmallow update. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android 6.0 Marshmallow update: LG

After Google, LG was the first company to update one of its devices to Marshmallow. LG G4 users in Poland began receiving the update in October, but there were some technical difficulties and the test was halted. In late November, however, users across Europe began reporting that the Android Marshmallow update was beginning to arrive on their devices. You can check if your device is part of the rollout using LG Bridge, the company's PC sync software.

In mid-December, LG released the source code for Marshmallow for the LG G3 and G4. The code requires a user to build Marshmallow using the code, which is far from simple. This also means that an official global rollout from LG is imminent.

In November, LG made the Marshmallow update available to LG G4 owners in Korea, making the company's home nation the second to receive the update. The software was uploaded to LG's website, which enabled customers to apply the update via their computers.

T-Mobile lists the LG G3, LG G4 and LG G Stylo among those devices set to receive Android Marshmallow in the first wave of updates.

The Korean LG support page for the LG G3 and LG G4 also added options for Android 6.0, which suggests the firmware is set to appear on these devices sooner rather than later. Although the option currently redirects to an unrelated page, it still appears likely that LG is hard at work preparing the update.

This could also explain why LG chose to skip over the Android 5.1.1 update for their flagship devices: to better prepare for Android Marshmallow.

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WineSmart -
Bello 2 -
G4 Rolling out
G4 s -
G4 c -
G Flex 2 -
Magna -
Spirit -
Leon -
Joy -
G3 Confirmed
G3 s -
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Android 6.0 is called Android Marshmallow. / © Google

Android 6.0 Marshmallow update: Motorola

David Schuster of Motorola used Google+ to announce that the Moto X (2014) and Moto X Pure Edition are beginning to see Marshmallow rolled out. Moto X (2014) owners in Brazil and Moto X Pure Edition owners in Brazil and India are the first to receive the update, with a global release set to take place gradually over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for a notification regarding the update on your device could come along at any time.

Moto X Play owners in Brazil had previously reported beginning to receive the Marshmallow update, and now multiple users in India are also beginning to see the update arrive on their devices.

Motorola has revealed its current list of Motorola phones that are in line for the update. The list is subject to change, and a timeline for the individual rollouts, beyond the Moto X and Moto X Pure Edition, has not yet been provided, but you should expect the most recent devices to get Marshmallow first.   

In early December, Motorola added the Moto E (2015) to its list of devices set to receive Marshmallow, although only selected regions will receive the update. The US is excluded from the list. Find out more information from Motorola.

Schuster announced on December 8 that Marshmallow was beginning to rollout across Verizon, Sprint and USC.

Motorola Marshmallow updates Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Moto X Pure Edition Available
Moto X Play Confirmed
Moto X Style Confirmed
Moto X (2014) Confirmed
Moto X (2013) -
Moto G (2015) Confirmed
Moto G (2014) Confirmed
Moto G (2014) LTE Confirmed
Moto G (2013) -
Moto G (2013) LTE -
Moto E (2015) Confirmed (in selected regions)
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Motorola are hard at work preparing for the Marshmallow update. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android Marshmallow update: Nvidia

The Nvidia Shield brought a powerful Android gaming platform to the table, and its successor, the Nvidia Shield K1 came with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

The Shield K1 was updated to Marshmallow in December, and the original Nvidia Shield Tablet followed suit in February.

You can find out more about these releases over at the Shield support page.

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Shield (TV) -
Shield Tablet Yes
Shield Portable -

Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for older devices

Your best bet for getting the Marshmallow experience on a device that isn't officially supported is a custom ROM. CyanogenMod is perhaps the most widely used and trusted ROM out there, and the team is working hard towards bringing CM 13, which is based on Android Marshmallow, to as many devices as possible.

CyanogenMod 13 first became available in the form of experimental nightly builds for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P OnePlus One, Nexus 7, LG G4, Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, LG GPad 7.0, LG G3 (Verizon) and Moto X (2014).

The CM13 lineup has now expanded to include a host of LG handsets, including the G3 S, G3 Beat and G2 Mini. for the full selection, visit get.cm.

As with the first batch of devices, these are nightly builds, which means they will be slow and buggy, so use at your own risk.

These nightly builds are bound to be buggy and unreliable, so only indulge if you're an experienced ROM user, and please heed the advice on the CyanogenMod page regarding updating from previous CyanogenMod builds and other unofficial ROMs.

Also be sure to install the Marshmallow Gapps before flashing the ROM – otherwise, a full wipe of your device will be necessary.

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CyanogenMod provides a great way to get an unofficial build of Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT

More devices are expected to be added shortly, so keep checking back if you're in the market for a Marshmallowy ROM. 

The advantages of the ROM over the official build of Marshmallow include more regular updates, additional features and support for many devices that are not set to receive the official update.

We'll update this page when the team issues further nightly builds and stable releases, so check back often.

Android update: OnePlus

OnePlus is probably a little preoccupied with its own OS, OxygenOS, to be concerned with Android Marshmallow. Don't expect to see anything happening on the OnePlus front until 2016, when the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X seem the most likely to receive the update.

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The OnePlus X is OnePlus' latest device, and it currently runs on Android 5.1.1. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android 6.0 Marshmallow update: Samsung

We have a first glimpse at the Marshmallow infused Samsung TouchWiz UI in the form of a leaked build of the new software up and running on our Galaxy Note 5. Check out our early impressions of Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the Note 5.

Samsung hasn't officially commented on its update schedule, but T-Mobile has listed its first wave of Android devices set to receive Android 6.0, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, with more sure to receive the update later. In addition, SamMobile has reported on a list of devices that Samsung has been testing Marshmallow on. The list is preliminary and subject to change, but gives a good indication of devices that are likely to receive the update:

There has been a series of leaks of Samsung's roadmap for the release of Marshmallow. The first, from Times News on November 15, revealed a three-stage rollout procedure. The plan listed the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ as the first devices to receive the update, with a December release planned. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were seen to follow in January, and the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge will get lucky in February.

In mid-December, a second roadmap leaked out of Vietnam, where Samsung is currently expanding its production facilities. The new plan pushes the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ back to Q1 2016, along with most of the other Samsung devices that are due to get Marshmallow. The Galaxy Tab A and Tab S2 are due to get the update in Q2

A third in this progressively more irritating series of  timetables leaked in late January, and shows that Samsung has pushed back the release of Marshmallow again.

The new timetable now places the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ updates in February, the S6 and S6 Edge in February/March and other devices as late as April. There's no mention of the Tab A or Tab S2 on this roadmap, suggesting they have slipped to phase two of the rollout.

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The third, and most recent, rollout roadmap to leak. / © Xtech Leaks
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ SM-G928F Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925F Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920F Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A SM-G901 Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S5 Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910F Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S4 No
Samsung Galaxy S3 No
Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo -
Samsung Galaxy Tab A Confirmed

We've reached out for more details on the Android Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy devices and will fill you in on anything we hear.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow update: Sony

Mobipicker reports that the Wi-Fi Alliance has certified the Xperia Z5 and Z4 Marshmallow updates. It goeson to speculate that this implies a February rollout for the update, but, given that a similar certification occurred for Japanese variants of the Z4 and Z5 in December, and they have yet to receive the update, even a February release seems optimistic.

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact users who had registered for beta testing received the company's concept build of Marshmallow the week beginning October 19. The build is now receiving its first OTA update. The update will be rolled out gradually, so some patience will be required if you're involved in the testing. The test is also limited to users in selected European countries.

The update includes several new features: Tap to wake, support for MIDI via USB, more bitrates for FLAC audio content, and an updated keyboard.

Sony has released an official list of devices that will receive the Android Marshmallow update.

The Sony support page indicates that a significant number of devices, including the Sony Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet, C4, C5 Ultra and M5, will be skipping the Android 5.1.1 update and going straight to Marshmallow.

Sony Marshmallow updates Android 6.0
Xperia Z5 Confirmed
Xperia Z5 Premium Confirmed
Xperia Z5 Compact Confirmed
Xperia Z3+ Confirmed
Xperia Z3 Confirmed
Xperia Z3 Compact Confirmed
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Confirmed
Xperia Z2 Confirmed
Xperia Z2 Tablet Confirmed
Xperia Z1 No
Xperia Z1 Compact No
Xperia Z Ultra No
Xperia Z No
Xperia M4 Aqua Confirmed
Xperia E4 -
Xperia E3 -
Xperia E1 -
Xperia M2 -
Xperia T2 Ultra -
Xperia T3 -
Xperia C5 Ultra Confirmed
Xperia C4 Confirmed
Xperia Z4 Tablet Confirmed
Xperia M5 Confirmed

There is no indication of when each device on this list will get updated, but it is bound to vary depending on the carriers and models. We'll let you know more as soon as we do.

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The Sony Xperia Z3 is one of a host of Sony devices getting Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT

Android update: Xiaomi

Xiaomi has confirmed that Marshmallow is on its way to the Mi 4 and Mi Note. A full release will be proceeded by a beta program, the success of which will determine how promptly the final software update goes out. The beta phase is expected to begin any day now.

There's no word on whether Marshmallow will be heading to any of Xiaomi's other devices, but at the very least you can expect to see the update come to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime and Mi 4i at some point in the future. 

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Redmi Note -
Redmi Note 2 -
Mi 4 Confirmed
Mi 4i -
Mi Note Confirmed
Redmi 2 -
Redmi 2 Prime -
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Xiaomi is leading the way in China, but will it lead the way when it comes to Marshmallow updates? / © ANDROIDPIT

Are you excited to get Marshmallow on your device? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Chris is a graduate in English and Philosophy and habitual tamperer with technology. A recent convert to Android, through the marvel of the Samsung Galaxy S6, he looks to share the fruits of this technological honeymoon through AndroidPIT.

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  • For when is the update expected for LG G3S? Lollipop software is taking up 5.14Gb of internal memory of my phone. That is ridiculous. I have an external storage card where i keep all my photos, music, video and app's. Every time i try to move Facebook app to the sd card phone crashes.
    Only have 2Gb of app's.
    Bugs: keyboard takes to long to appear. Most of the time vanishes while typing.
    Flashlight responds on own will.
    Opening of any webpage takes to long to appear.
    Music stops playing.
    And again that ridiculous amount of consumption of internal storage...5,14 Gigabits of lollipop software... Really!!!!!
    It's taking Android to long to release the update.

  • Jaffar 4 days ago Link to comment

    Zte Nubia z9 mini will get update and when

  • Rob 5 days ago Link to comment

    marshmallow came to me in Canada around Christmas time. I love it! It improved battery life, my 128Gb micro SD card now houses most of my apps, and it is faster and more fluid than before. I really can't say anything bad about this update, it works fine, I've had no sign of negative effects.

  • What about the HTC Desire Eye? It's not listed...

  • a updated my moto x play yesterday in uk on Vodafone

  • After upgradation of Marshmallow 6.0 on Moto X Play following problems have occur till now :

    1> Camera Shutter Sound occur suddenly which was not found on Lollipop 5.1.1.
    2> Battery seems to be drain faster than previous version OS Lollipop 5.1.1
    3> Email icon remove automatically and all mails come under GMail icon.
    4> If SD card is treated as I internal memory card to increase space, through this I cannot copay songs movie or data to its internal storage SD card from my Laptop. Some errors are occur.

    If Camera shutter sound is legal for one or two countries, then it is not mandatory for rest of the countries in the world. Shutter sound is really annoying specially if it is used within office and disturbing to other colleague in the office. So there must be on/off button in Camera Shutter.

    Therefore, I would request to Google kindly develop patch file for Marshmallow 6.0 and try to release within next 1 month to resolve above issues specially Moto X Play handset.

  • Rene 1 week ago Link to comment

    I have installed the least cm 13 build (nightly) and i dont have any problems. But its the same like the update form Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Only an better UI and some more functiones. Oneplus One

  • when will my micromax A310 upgrade!?

  • Is the galaxy mega 2 getting the marshmallow update?

  • Answeres for updates on Marcmalliw for all phones are on this site abow, just look at it.

  • but i heard that note 5 and s6 edge + will recieve directly 6.0.1 not 6.0 am i wrong???

  • Note 2, note 3 og note 4?

  • 2

    Come on T-Mobile, what about the STYLO!

  • Why isn't the V10 even on the chart for LG? Is it not actually a phone or was the promise of Marshmallow all a lie?

  • Steven 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    What about Samsung Galaxy Tab E? Same as the A? or? Please Help I don't get it?

  • Wen android m will get for s6 edge in india....?

  • Wen android m will get to s6 edge in india....?

  • samsung glaxy s5 marshmallow update

  • I have update via AOP Marchmallow on Nexus 5 in oktober last year.

  • January 23 and still nothing im soo maaad

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