Clients of T-Mobile who purchased one of Samsung's 2015 flagship handsets received a new software update, but it is not the taste of Android that they expected.
The current update is far from the being the Android 6.0 Marshmallow that users crave for, but it is just as essential to the phones' health. It is a security update that targets safety vulnerabilities in Samsung's flagships.
T-Mobile released the hefty security firmware to the following Samsung models: Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. All of the devices should get the 75 MB of crucial security updates as soon as possible.
It should be noted that, even if the patch does not add the new features and functionalities from the long expected Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it does manage to keep the owners of high end handsets safer and better protected against threats.
Samsung takes its time before saying when the Marshmallow will roll out for this year's flagship lineup, but things get slightly more complicated when carriers are involved. The mobile operators have their own schedules for OS updates, so even if Samsung decides to send Marshmallow to its phones tomorrow, those who have carrier handsets might have to wait a bit longer.
TMONews, which calls itself the "unofficial T-Mobile blog," reports that the security update for Samsung's premium devices will improve the gadgets' stability, tweak performance and install essential security protections. However, no detailed information exists in the changelog about these safety improvements.
T-Mobile is reportedly distributing the update over-the-air (OTA) to all its Samsung flagship devices.
Seeing how the update is quite large, it might be a good idea to be connected to a Wi-Fi network before starting to download it. Another good insight is to have the phone charged over 50 percent. You can check out to see if the security patch is ready for download by going to Settings > About Device > Software Update.
Lastly, it's worth noting that the updates may slightly differ in size for the different handsets. The Galaxy S6 gets the tiniest update of 68.58 MB. The S6 edge requires users to download a 68.87 MB patch, while the Note 5 needs 74.49 MB to update. The S6 edge+ takes first place in security update download size, with a requirement of 75.23 MB.