Fans of rugged phones and AT&T fans are two groups that don’t always overlap. Specifically, there are many people who wish that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active and its ilk were not exclusive to AT&T, whether they disdain the carrier for their network coverage, corporate culture or update schedule. Those who fall into the latter camp may have reason to reconsider, however, as the S6 Active has just received its update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Owners of the beastly Galaxy S6 variant got a pleasant surprise with their update; as promised upon the original release of the feature, AT&T is bringing Wi-Fi calling on their network to more phones, and the Galaxy S6 Active is next in line to get access to the feature.
The update, sitting pretty at about 1.4GB in size, will bring you up to build number UCU3CPE4 and update your security patch up to the May version. The update comes with all the usual trappings of an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, such as more granular permissions control, Doze Mode, and Google Now On Tap. As pictures of the update have yet to make the rounds as of this writing, however, it’s uncertain what users may expect when it comes to the user interface. A few small tweaks are bound to happen with any update, of course, whether to iron out some functionality issues or just to make things a bit more appealing to an end user.
On top of the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Samsung Galaxy S6 Active users got the pleasant surprise of being able to access Wi-Fi calling, a feature that only began making its way through AT&T’s flagship lineup in the very recent past, having hit the LG G4 first, with promises of the feature finding itself on other Android devices not long after. The feature works very simplistically; users simply make a call like normal while connected to Wi-Fi, and their phone does the rest. While it still eats into minutes on your plan, it can be a nice bonus for those who are around Wi-Fi and have bad reception. Text messages in SMS format are also included with the deal, allowing users full interaction with their device, even in areas with low reception.