Sprint Samsung Galaxy S6 Now Getting Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OTA Update


The latest lineup of Samsung flagships aren't the only Samsung devices to have Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are getting the goodies, too.

The first units to get the update were those coming from T-Mobile. While Verizon and AT&T have yet to bring the update to their handsets, Sprint is now bringing the latest Android dessert to its subscribers.

Sprint customers who own the Galaxy S6 are reporting that they're beginning to receive the Android 6.0.1 update over the air on their devices. The Edge variant of the Galaxy S6 is yet to receive the same treatment from Sprint, but we expect that to happen in the very near future.

Sprint subscribers can wait for the notification that their update is ready for downloading, or they can check themselves by going to Settings, then About Device and Software Update to see whether the update is ready for a force-download.

A word of warning, however, to Android power users who encrypt their data on their phones. There is no decryption option for Sprint's update to Marshmallow, so it would be wise to decrypt your Galaxy S6 before attempting to reboot the device to Marshmallow.

The build number for the update is G920PVPU3CPB6, and it is a little under 1.3 GB in size. Once the download is complete and a user's Galaxy S6 reboots to Android Marshmallow, a cleaner TouchWiz interface will appear.

Other changes include the addition of Google Now on Tap and Doze, two of the most popular Marshmallow features. The vibration pattern when getting calls and messages is different, too. Of all of these, however, we've found Doze to be the most substantial, as it helps to lengthen the battery life of a smartphone.

While the Samsung Galaxy S6 "Dozes," for example, Android Marshmallow will detect that the phone is idle and thus put the apps running in the background in idle mode as well. Moreover, App Standby mode helps save even more juice by limiting how much impact seldomly-used apps have on a device.

Surprisingly missing from Sprint's Samsung updates to Android Marshmallow is the carrier's Galaxy Note 5. Verizon's Galaxy Note 5 got the update to Marshmallow a week ago. T-Mobile has confirmed its Note 5 will follow, while AT&T's Note 5 just underwent a beta. No word yet from Sprint.

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