When a customer buys an expensive flagship smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, there are certain unwritten rules between the buyer, the manufacturer, and the carrier. One of these rules is that software upgrades should continue at least two iterations. However, the subscribers on Rogers are still waiting for their Marshmallow update, while Bell, Telus, and Wind Mobile have already pushed the update to their Galaxy Note 5 customers. Rogers continues to be plagued with delays for one reason or another – just last week Rogers had the Galaxy Note 5 scheduled for an update on May 25 and now, once again, moved to May 31. Yes, we know that Rogers clearly states: “Making sure these dates are accurate is our top priority. Sometimes, things change beyond our control; so all dates listed are subject to change. Thanks for understanding.” How much “understanding” are Galaxy Note 5 owners expected to endure, especially when they see the other carriers updating their devices?
If this schedule holds up, then it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S5 is scheduled for its Marshmallow update May 25, as is the Galaxy Note Edge, and the Galaxy Note 4. Besides Marshmallow 6.0, the update will also include bug fixes and Google security updates. Marshmallow was officially named on August 17, 2015, and unveiled alongside the 2015 Nexus devices – the LG Nexus 5X and the Huawei Nexus 6P – on September 29, 2015, and here it is the middle of May 2016, and many high-end devices are still waiting to receive their update. Google has already announced the developer’s edition of Android N, and most Android devices do not even have Marshmallow. Let’s hope the software update scheduled for May 31 sticks for the Galaxy Note 5.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is more evolutionary than revolutionary – more of a refinement if you will. Google Now on Tap is one of the big highlights and builds on Google Now that was introduced with Android Jelly Bean. Google Now on Tap, basically shortcuts the need to search for additional information – long-pressing the home button activates the feature. Now on Tap reads the content of any screen on your phone, whether it is in a Google or third party app, and delivers information that might be relevant to keywords on the screen. It is like the Google search we always wanted – instant, useful, and with little effort. Android Pay is another big deal – baked into the OS is the ability to authorize a mobile purchase by using your fingerprint sensor. The last item we will touch on here is the Doze feature – an intelligent battery management feature that can recognize when your device is sitting and can put it into a hibernation mode and turn off background processes to substantially increase battery life.