“By early 2016”, the world-leading device manufacturer should bring the 6.0 update to close to a dozen smartphones and tablets.
It’s probably futile to try to decipher the no doubt intricate software support plans of top-tier Android OEMs at this point, given Google is still at least a month away from Marshmallow’s source code dispatch.
Samsung & co. will likely only start customizing and “optimizing” the new build in October, so it’s going to be physically impossible for them to have fully functioning, polished ports ready before December. Once the ball gets rolling though, we expect a slew of Galaxy stars to score makeovers by the time the Galaxy S7 breaks cover.
According to mostly dubious sources, the first few waves of M treats shall go out to the Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, S6 Duos, S6 Edge, Note 4, Note 4 Duos, Note Edge, Alpha and Galaxy Tab A in late 2015 and early 2016.
It sounds like a very bold plan, pulling off ten or so updates in under six months, but it’s certainly doable if Marshmallow proves stabler than Lollipop, and Samsung cuts back on bloatware. We can’t stress enough the above list is tentative and far from officially confirmed, so don’t even start pointing out unexpected snubs.
The Galaxy Tab S2? We highly doubt it’s going to be upgraded after the Tab A as well. The A and E series? They may not be extremely popular in the mainstream around the world, but neither is the Galaxy Alpha. Or the Note Edge.
And for the love of all that’s holy, Samsung, don’t stall the goodie pack for the Galaxy S5! It might be old, almost ancient by Android standards, but it remains one of your best devices ever, with a vast, faithful and stubborn user base.