Everybody is hoping and waiting for their Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in Canada – especially when you have bought a flagship device and are expected a timely upgrade. If you have a Samsung device – Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5 – on the Telus network, you must feel like you are on a never-ending merry-go-round. The dates constantly change and at one time, less than two weeks ago, the Samsung devices were listed as delayed, with no date given. Telus did promise that a date would be forthcoming the following week and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 finally received their Marshmallow update on April 5. The latest schedule released by Telus has the Galaxy S6 Edge getting its Marshmallow update on April 14, along with a security update, and the Galaxy S6 receiving the same on April 18. April 18 also shows the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also receiving some Bug Fixes. This should finish all of the Galaxy devices that are getting the Marshmallow update…finally! Just remember the standard “all dates are approximate and subject to change” is applicable here.
This upgrade not only bumps you to Marshmallow but also adds a new TouchWiz that “provides enhanced usability and an updated visual design.” TouchWiz has improved with each update and is now a “kinder and gentler” overlay. For those that hated TouchWiz a few years ago, may find out that they like this new rendition. Marshmallow adds some new niceties itself with Google Now on Tap, an upgraded app permissions manager, support for fingerprint sensors that are popping up on the new devices and the Doze battery saving feature, lots of good stuff to make Android even better than before.
This upgrade adds Quick Connect to make it easier to find and connect to nearby devices by providing you with a list of currently available devices as well as a list of your previous connections. Marshmallow more securely protects your fingerprints and a pattern, pin or password is required in order to add additional fingerprints to the device. The new Doze feature is an advanced power saving mode that restricts sending and receiving background data to help extend battery life. Remember that Android 6.0 no longer supports the decrypt device function and once you upgrade to Marshmallow, encryption cannot be disabled. Some of your apps installed while you had Lollipop may need to be updated after the Marshmallow update.