Android 6 Marshmallow update: when you'll get it and key features

The Android 6.0 update is out

Android Marshmallow

Update: Android 6 Marshmallow is no longer the latest and greatest in Google's mobile software - Android 7 Nougat is now out in the wild. Sony's mid-range Xperia C4 is the latest phone to get the upgrade to Android 6.

Android Marshmallow is here. There are battery life improvements, greater app permission controls, standardized support for fingerprint scanners, more granular volume controls, USB-C support and new Google Now features, which are all part of a mix that makes this an exciting upgrade for users. But is your phone actually going to get it?

The release process for Android updates is more complicated than Apple's iOS updates, and just because an update has been launched that doesn't necessarily mean you'll have access to it.

In fact, you probably won't have Marshmallow yet. So far 15.2% of devices are running Marshmallow - that's not a great adoption rate for Google.

It's down to device manufacturers, and in some countries the carriers too, who spend quite a bit of time with the new software before releasing it to their devices. This comes at a time when Google has already released Android 7 Nougat though.


If you own a Nexus device you're in luck, as not surprisingly Google's new software has landed on those first – and manufacturers like Motorola are generally better at getting updates out quickly. But other manufacturers are a little less predictable.

To make the latest Android update less of a mystery, here's our constantly updated information on when it's likely to land on your phone.

Disclaimer: This article includes information for the rollout of Android Marshmallow software, but depending on region, mobile operator and carrier it can take longer than expected.

Google and Nexus

Nexus 6

Google has updated its Nexus range of products to Android Marshmallow and is even in the process of rolling out the Android 7 Nougat update to the range. It includes the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and the whole range of Android One devices. The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P both launched with Android 6 on board.

The developers preview for Android 7 N is already out and you can download it on all the previously mentioned devices - apart from the Nexus 5. If you're rocking a Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) or Nexus 10 you might want to consider an upgrade, as you won't be getting Marshmallow.


Galaxy S6

Samsung did a pretty good job of getting Android Lollipop on to its phones rapidly, but it slowed things down considerably for the Marshmallow launch. That said, almost all of the major handsets now feature the latest software.

The Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 4 now have the update in most regions and both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge launched with Marshmallow pre-installed.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has been updated too in the US, but only on certain networks. Samsung's Galaxy S6 Active and Galaxy A5 is also getting the update to Marshmallow now.

The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is getting the update in some markets now as well, but there's no guarantee it'll be on your version yet. Some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo are now also receiving Marshmallow across the UK and Europe. There's still no word from Samsung on whether the Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will get the update.

Sources claim the Galaxy Note 3 may never see the update to Android 6 as well.

As for tablets, the Galaxy Tab S2 is currently receiving the update to Android Marshmallow in both its 9.7 and 8.0-inch sizes, while the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is still waiting. We initially expected the Galaxy Tab S to get the software, but Samsung has now confirmed it won't see the upgrade.


HTC One M9

The HTC 10 launched with Android 6, and the Marshmallow update has also widely rolled out to the HTC One M9 and HTC One M8, as well as the One A9, One E9 and the One E8.

There are reports of the HTC Desire 820, HTC Desire 816 and HTC Desire Eye also getting the update in some regions, while the HTC One M8 Eye could start to benefit soon, as users in India have begun seeing Marshmallow appear on their phones.

HTC also confirmed that it will be updating the HTC One M8s, HTC One M9+, HTC One ME, HTC One E8, HTC Butterfly 3 and HTC Desire 826. It has taken a long time so far though and HTC hasn't commented on when it'll be coming either.



Sony is faring much better, with the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z2 all seeing the Android 6 Marshmallow update.

The Sony Xperia X, Xperia XA and Xperia X Performance all come running Android 6 software.

The latest devices to get the upgrade are the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia M4 Aqua, Xperia C4 and the Xperia M5. Plans are also confirmed for the Xperia C5 Ultra while Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact will be missing out.



LG hasn't been clear with its Marshmallow update plans, but the LG G4, LG G4c, LG G3 and LG V10 all have Android 6 software now. The LG G5 launched with the software already installed and we'd expect the LG G Flex 2 might get Marshmallow, but there's no official word yet. At the lower end Marshmallow is also now making its way to the LG Magna and LG Spirit.