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Android 6.0 Marshmallow: update overview for smartphones and tablets

Update: Marshmallow rolling out to Zenfone 2

Authored by: Chris Marshall — 1 month ago

Android Marshmallow is rolling out across the world and we've gathered all the important information in one place. The latest news is that Asus is rolling out Marshmallow to the Zenfone 2. Hit the link to jump straight to that or check out our list of devices – from Samsung, Sony, LG, Motorola, Google and others – to see which are in line for the latest Android update.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow update: latest news

A thread in the Android Reddit page has emerged which points to a problem with Marshmallow on Samsung devices. Users report that passwords on the devices including the Galaxy Note 4, Note 5, S5 and S6, are becoming disrupted following the upgrade to Marshmallow. The result is that some users are unable to unlock their phones. 

One reported solution is to use Samsung's Find My Mobile service to unlock the device, and change the original password afterward. However, this can only be achieved if you have previously set up the service.

Hopefully, the issue is limited to a handful of users and will be addressed shortly. If you have this problem, you can contact Samsung Customer Support at the link.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow update: Asus

Asus is rolling out Android Marshmallow to the ZE551ML and ZE550ML variants of its Zenfone 2. The 1.1 GB update is being delivered over-the-air and includes a number of performance improvements as well as the removal of a fair bit of bloatware (19 apps in total).

We advise you charge your device above 50 percent before the installation and download the package over Wi-Fi rather than mobile data; it's a big one. 

Asus Marshmallow updates Android 6.0 Marshmallow
PadFoneS PF500KL Confirmed
ZenFone 2 ZE550ML/ZE551ML Available
ZenFone 2 Deluxe / Special Edition ZE551ML Confirmed
ZenFone 2 Laser ZE500KG/ZE500KL/ZE550KL/ZE551KL/ZE600KL/ZE601KL Available
ZenFone Selfie ZD551KL Confirmed
ZedFone Max ZC550KL Available
ZedFone Zoom ZX551 ML Confirmed

Android update: Blackberry

Blackberry's sole Android device, the Blackberry Priv, is now seeing Marshmallows wash up on its shores. The update brings the full Marshmallow feature set, but also an enhanced keyboard and more camera modes. Find out more about the update here.

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.

Google Nexus Marshmallow updates Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
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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Both Nexus 6 (left) and Nexus 6P are running Android Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT

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. 

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.

In mid-March, HTC began rolling Marshmallow out to the HTC One E8 and M8 EYE. For now, the update appears to only be available for users in China, but a European release is, reportedly, imminent.

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 Available
HTC One M8 Available
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 Rolling out
HTC One M8 EYE Rolling out
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.

A tweet from Honor's US Twitter account suggests that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is on its way to the Honor 5X very soon but it failed to give any specific information. Keep your eyes peeled.

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:

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Honor 7 Confirmed
Honor 6+ Confirmed
Honor 6 Confirmed
Honor 5X 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 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.

LG released Marshmallow for the V10 in Turkey. As this model is the international variant, it hopefully means a larger scale roll out won't be far behind.

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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 -
V10 Rolling out 
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The LG G5 (left) and LG G4 are both up-and-running with Marshmallow. / © ANDROIDPIT

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.

Mr. Schuster continued to provide good news, announcing on April 26 that the Droid Turbo 2 on Verizon is now seeing a full roll out of the Marshmallow update.

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)
Droid Turbo 2 Available
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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 Available
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 has been a little preoccupied with its own OS, OxygenOS, but a Tweet from co-founder Carl Pei reveals the company is almost finished with Marshmallow for the OnePlus One. 

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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

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge began receiving Marshmallow on February 15. The rollout is ongoing with many devices yet to receive it, so remain patient if your device hasn't seen any Marshmallow yet. It's on its way. The announcement was made through the Samsung Newsroom.

Verizon Wireless released Android Marshmallow for the S6 and S6 Edge on April 1. The company released instructions for getting the update as well as some already released features of Android Marshmallow. You can view the update for Verizon customers here.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge began getting minor updates starting April 11. These brought touch features for the screen and adjustments to the camera settings. These updates will only come to certain regions. 

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The S7 and S7 Edge started receiving updates. / © ANDROIDPIT

As with all carrier updates, you need to remain patient. Not all Verizon customers will receive the update immediately. Some will get it sooner than others. If you don't already have automatic updates enabled you can quickly check if you have it. Just go to your Settings, tap About device hit Software update and tap Update now.

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 third and most recent of these timetables leaked in late January, and shows that Samsung has pushed back the release of Marshmallow again.

The Galaxy Note 5 Android Marshmallow update began rolling out on March 24 for Sprint customers. The completion of the rollout will conclude on April 8. Verizon and AT&T customers already started seeing this update at the beginning of March. This comes later than the original rumors discussed below, which gave us a date of February 2016.

The Galaxy Note Edge saw Marshmallow arrive in May, starting in the UK before spreading throughout Europe. This is good news for those still waiting in the US, as the update should be heading your way soon.

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The third, and most recent, rollout roadmap to leak. / © Xtech Leaks
Samsung Marshmallow updates Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Available
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ SM-G928F Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge SM-G925F Available
Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920F Available
Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900H Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900L Available (South Korea)
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 Available
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Confirmed
Samsung Galaxy S4 No
Samsung Galaxy S3 No
Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo -
Samsung Galaxy Tab A Confirmed

Android 6.0 Marshmallow update: Sony

Mobipicker reported that the Wi-Fi Alliance certified the Xperia Z5 and Z4 Marshmallow updates. It went on to speculate that this implies a February rollout for the update, but with this date having been and gone, the wait continues.

Following the release of Marshmallow for the Sony Xperia Z3Z3 Compact, and Z2, XperiaBlog.net reports that Sony is now expanding its roll out to include the Z3 Dual, Z2 (HSPA+ model) and Z2 Tablet.

Sony continued to expand its roll out through April, with the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact seeing a shower of Marshmallows rain down upon it, surprising owners, who had been given no indication that the device would receive the latest Android OS. 

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.

On February 15, Sony tweeted that the Xperia Z5 series, Z4 tablet and Z3+ are all set to receive Marshmallow starting March 7. The date remains preliminary, however, with "confirmed timings" still to come.

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 Available
Xperia Z3 Dual Available
Xperia Z3 Compact Available
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Confirmed
Xperia Z2 Available
Xperia Z2 Tablet Available
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

Sony announced on March 7 that the roll out of Marshmallow has begun for the Xperia Z5 series, the Z4 Tablet and the Z3+. The announcement was made via Sony's Xperia News Twitter page. The rollout is staggered, with different locations receiving the update at different times, so keep an eye on your device over the next few days or even weeks.

The Xperia Z5 Marshmallow update will not include some features like Stamina Mode, which was previously rumored to be on the update and will instead be in a later update. Some interesting features will be added, like a podcast widget and camera mode switching through swiping. The entire Japanese page can be viewed here

We will keep you posted on when the rollout will happen in the US as well as information on other Sony devices that will receive the Marshmallow update. 

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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. 

Xiaomi Marshmallow updates Android 6.0 Marshmallow
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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  • Ozzy 1 day ago Link to comment

    Wondering about Dell's Venue 8 7840. Will Marshmallow be coming to a device near me?

  • Will the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) get the android marshmallow update ?

  • I have a Samsung note 2 will I get the marshmallow update or not please let me know

  • Nancy 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Ever since I've installed this update on my Verizon Note 4 I've had nothing but problems! My battery dies quicker, my phone randomly reboots, I don't get texts, I don't get alerts even though 5 minutes before I was getting them and many other issues! I literally have to reboot my phone to get some things to start working again! They work for 30 minutes, then they don't! WORST UPDATE EVER! PLEASE FIX!!!!!!!! I use this for my business and unless you are going to reimburse me for lost clients and wages, it needs to be fixed asap! Hate it! Everyone I've spoken to that did the update has the same complaints! One even lost everything due to the update!

  • My galaxy tab A just got marshmallow. I live in canada
    Also, when do you think the Sony M4 aqua will get it?

  • A bit of a silly question but, Let's say I stick with Android 5.0 and don't go to Marshmallow: Then android N comes out... will my device download the latest android even if I skipped one update?

  • Did marshmello come in nepal samsung j2 ?and mobile data didn't work in j2 ? What's the solution??

  • Kapan upgrade android M untuk oppo R7s

  • Thanks for sharing the information.

  • Sam 1 month ago Link to comment

    I was disappointed to see that your report on the Samsung devices completely omitted the Galaxy Tab S2 tablet in both sizes. Does this mean it has been dropped from the list of devices receiving the Marshmallow update?

    • I have an S2 8" and I'm getting notifications re Marshmallow but I'm going to wait. I'm in Australia.
      Btw, it's a great tablet, love it!

  • I have Nexus 5 2013 and Marchmallow sincee october last year and it works without eny problems.
    It's realy worth to upgrated.

  • I have a galaxy grand prime, will I receive the marshmallow update?

  • Still waiting on att for my note 5

  • I received an Android OS Marshmallow update for my ZTE, it's working fine, which is more than I can say for the troubles I had with both Asus and Motorola (MotoLenovo) -- will never buy another device from either Company (I should be refunded by both for the bullshit I went through) ....

    I don't expect an update to Android OS N -- Google hasn't given this OS an official name -- but I'm curious to see how Google will encourage device manufacturers to swiftly offer an update (as well as get Network service providers to cut the bullshit) ....

    We have come a long way since Ice Cream Sandwich

  • no update to marshmallow on note 4 T-Mobile yet!!???😛

  • This was great info

  • When will samsung galaxy E7 get the marshmallows update in india ... !

  • I have LG Leon Lte and my MM update arrived yesterday. I never even hoped for this update to come for a midrange phone like this.

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