We recently gave you a sneak peek at some of the amazing things that Marshmallow will be bringing to your Android device.
So now the question on every Android owner’s lips is: “When will I get Marshmallow on my phone?”
We hear you – so we’ve done our best to gather the latest rollout news from the big Android phone manufacturers. Details are below - but please bear in mind that at this early stage, exact dates are few and far between.
Google and Nexus
Google's Nexus devices are always the first to be automatically updated with the latest software updates. Its new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones already have Android Marshmallow, in fact.
And Google has started rolling out the Marshmallow update to other Nexus phones, including the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 9.
The last Android software update (Lollipop) found its way onto Samsung’s flagship phones pretty quickly, so we’re hoping for something just as swift this time round.
We expect to see Marshmallow on the S6, S6 Edge, S6 edge+ and Note 5 soon, with early next year being touted as a likely date. Older devices such as the S5, S4, Alpha, Note 3 and Note 4 should also get it, but they’ll have to wait quite a bit longer.
HTC seems to be on the ball as far as Android Marshmallow is concerned. The new HTC A9 already has it included, and they also expect to have it on the HTC One M9 and HTC One M8 by the end of the year.
Sony has published a full list of their phones that’ll be getting Marshmallow. Xperia Z1 owners, look away now – you haven’t made the cut:
Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4.
Sony hasn’t advised exact dates for any of these updates. But if recent history is anything to go by, expect it to be slowly but surely.
Motorola runs an almost stock version of Android on its phones, so it’s usually pretty quick off the mark in getting the latest Android software updates. Sure enough, the company has already announced that Marshmallow will be coming to the following phones:
Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto G 4G (2nd and 3rd generation) and the Moto X (2nd generation).
Have they given any actual expected rollout dates yet? No, sorry. It’s all quiet on that front at the moment.
The expected Marshmallow rollout date for LG devices is pretty unclear, we’re afraid.
Chris Yie, LG’s vice president, announced recently that the LG G4 would get Marshmallow before its competitors – but that no longer appears to be the case.
The rollout has experienced some technical difficulties, and LG’s most recent announcement has confirmed that the “update is temporarily suspended.” Owners of the LG G4, G3 and G Flex 2 could now be waiting a while before they see Marshmallow on their phones.
Huawei joined the Nexus family recently to design the Nexus 6P, so we’d expect them to be near the front of the Marshmallow queue. The Chinese giant has said that its P8 will be the first of its phones to get it, but it hasn’t given any more detail than that.
And that’s pretty much all we know! Looks like it’s the waiting game for most Android phone owners – unless you decide to invest in a fabulous new Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or HTC A9.