While the formal naming of Android N is just a short while away – along with its subsequent formal release, presumably in October – there are countless handsets still making due with Android Lollipop, i.e. Version 5.X. This is, of course, due in no small part to OEMs placing more pressing priority on updating newer devices while older ones are left to stagnate or else vacate and vegetate completely.
Samsung, itself no stranger to delays and dismays when it comes to OS updates, has finally gotten around to releasing Marshmallow (6.0.1) on the original metal made Galaxy A7. [For reference, the new Galaxy A7 (2016) is also in need of Android Marshmallow.] For the time being, this update is only rolling out to those customers in Russia who are using unlocked variants.
While those in other regions with the device might be getting upset at the news, this pattern is fairly standard, as OEMs typically release new firmware in waves so as to minimize the potential for widespread chaos if something bricks or breaks in the process. It also allows the company’s servers to function normally, unlike what some have assumed occurs when Apple unleashes its new iOS versions.
According to SamMobile, the original generation Galaxy A5 is likely to be the next handset to make the update, though a time frame is not currently provided.
There is, perhaps, some irony in that the Galaxy A series, in and of itself, was originally launched in China, yet it’s Russia that gets first dibs on the new dessert. Again though, the size and scale of the update roll-out is likely the reason.
Originally released to the market last October, Android Version 6, known by its dessert-themed moniker Marshmallow, brings with it numerous features to Google’s mobile OS. One is Now On Tap which scans your current screen image for relevant information, Android Doze, which opts to better manage power usage during device downtime, and granular App Permissions that give you more control over what access your apps have to your phone and files.
Please note that if the update is not pushed to your phone, it can be manually triggered by heading to Settings, About Device, and then System Updates. Note that even this process is not entirely perfect and it may ultimately take some days or weeks before your specific unit is eligible to receive the update.
Are you living in Russia and using Marshmallow on your Galaxy A7? Leave some thoughts on how the new experience is below!