LG has been one of the fastest smartphone manufacturers to push out the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but it’s only Android 6.0, and not the latest Android 6.0.1 release. Sprint and US Cellular received the new software already, and now T-Mobile is sending it out. However, read on for more details before proceeding.
Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow back on October 5th, and the LG G4 was the first phone to get it, only three weeks later. Eventually one US carrier got it in December, and now that it’s February we can expect the rest to get the same treat.
Overall Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the LG G4 is a great update. It brings loads of changes, new features, better battery life and more. That said, lots of Sprint users have experienced problems as detailed above. Hopefully the T-Mobile update works a little better. Here’s what we know.
In December in a surprise turn of events the LG G4 on Sprint received Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It was then delayed, and eventually arrived for most before the end of the year and in early January. Then late last month US Cellular received it, and we heard rumors that T-Mobile and AT&T were up next.
This morning though, T-Mobile has officially confirmed the LG G4 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is rolling out starting today as an over-the-air (OTA) software upgrade. All owners can expect to see it today, or in the next week or so.
According to T-Mobile the update will begin today, and users can expect it to arrive starting today or over the course of the next two weeks. They are slow staggered rollouts that don’t hit all devices at once, to make sure there are no major problems or bugs. The Sprint update caused contacts to disappear, device reboots and other things, but LG should have most of that fixed for the T-Mobile release.
Those who’d rather not wait for the over the air update can also do it manually, which many manufacturers don’t offer. Either head into settings > about phone > and check for updates manually, or download the LG Bridge PC program and manually install the update. We first saw the T-Mobile update yesterday with the LG Bridge app, but this morning T-Mobile made it official.
Above is a link detailing everything that’s new in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and how it’s different from Android 5.1 which all LG G4 owners currently have. Owners can expect improved performance and multi-tasking, better security and lots of new features. The volume and permission controls have been revamped, battery life should be better with a feature called Doze, and long-press the home button to turn on and use Google Now on Tap. A powerful virtual assistant that delivers awesome features.
While Android 6.0 Marshmallow may not look too different at first glance, a lot has changed. We suggest users have at least 50% battery life before accepting the update, and do a reboot or clear the cache after updating for the best results. Other carriers should be delivering the update in the near future, and we’ll confirm more details as they become available. Expect both Verizon and AT&T to quickly follow with the same update in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more details.