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Android Marshmallow Update Starts Hitting Original Samsung Galaxy J5

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If you own the original Samsung Galaxy J5 smartphone, which was released in 2015, you will be pleased to learn that the handset is finally benefiting from Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The Galaxy J5 2015 (SM-J500F) gets a taste of Android Marshmallow nearly eight months after the new operating system was released by Google. The smartphone finally jumps from Android Lollipop to the latest operating system.

The software update for the Galaxy J5 2015 model is currently being pushed out by Samsung in India per reports. The arrival of the over-the-air (OTA) update suggests that it will not be long before other regions also benefit from the same.

The update weighs 874.17 MB and has the build number J500FXXU1BPF4. Since the update weighs quite a bit, we recommend you download it over a strong Wi-Fi connection.

The changelog for the Galaxy J5 2015 reveals that users of the smartphone will benefit from "enhanced usability." Moreover, the firmware update also brings in its folds an "updated visual design" and "new TouchWiz."

So once you have installed Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update on your Samsung Galaxy J7 2015 smartphone, you will be able to spot these changes.

Other enhancements include the arrival of an advanced power saving mode along with the "new vibration pattern concept."

The advanced power saving mode will basically restrict the background data on the Galaxy J7 2015 as well as increase the battery life of the handset. While Samsung has not clarified, this advanced mode is essentially the Doze Mode, which Google introduced on Android Marshmallow.

Post the update, expect to notice a change in the way the notification bar and the system settings look. Moreover, there's a minor tweak in the system animations, and of course, performance enhancements will also be noticeable.

The update will also bring well-known features that are synonymous with Android Marshmallow such as App Standby, Google Now on Tap and App permissions.

Interestingly, Samsung is not only rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software update for its original Galaxy J5 model but also including the current monthly security patch for Android from Google.

To check if your Samsung Galaxy J5 2015 model has received the OTA update manually, go to Settings > About Device > Software Update > Check for Updates. If the update is available, it is advisable to have at least 50 percent battery charge on your Galaxy J5 smartphone and sufficient free memory. Make sure you create a backup of the important data prior to updating the handset.

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