Samsung is asking consumers to test the next major version of Android.
Taking after manufacturers like Motorola and HTC, Samsung has announced plans to let users test the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update before rolling it out worldwide. Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge users are first in line, with a beta version of the Android 6.0 firmware now available for owners of the two devices in the UK.
Samsung is giving every consumer a chance to participate, though it will be accepting requests of its own accord. Once accepted, Galaxy S6 and S6 edge owners can download Android 6.0 on their device over the air and then provide feedback to the Korean manufacturer that will help make the final version of Marshmallow better.
Marshmallow for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge brings most of the expected features, such as Google’s Now on Tap feature and the new per-app permissions system. Also included in the test update are new pro options in the camera, an option to disable fast battery charging, and numerous interface changes. New animations are reportedly on-board, and Samsung has also changed the color theme of the interface here and there.
It is surprising to see Samsung jumping on-board with other manufacturers and taking feedback directly from consumers for software updates, though Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ users are likely to be disappointed to see their devices aren’t the first in line for Android 6.0 The beta test program is available in South Korea as well and will go on till January 18, so the final version of the update is likely to take until early February to roll out.