Some Marshmallow updates like to keep users guessing and Samsung’s newest Galaxy devices will make you have to wait for a while too. Android 6.0 updates were supposed to hit Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ in December, but the update is not here yet.
In some leaked documents we found out that the two devices will get the update sometime in February. Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have also been delayed with updates coming sometime in February/March. Galaxy S5 will receive its Android 6.0 update in April, if we are to believe leaks.
The update situation is pretty complex, at least when it comes to Samsung, who has tons of devices which function on numerous carriers. This makes their update a complex and long process. Since Samsung does not offer any guidelines on when they release their updates, we cannot expect any kind of apology on delays either.
If you have one of the aforementioned devices and you are waiting for an update, you will just have to wait for a little while longer.
Samsung has not released an official list yet, but online sources say that they know which devices from this OEM get an upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow next year. The aforementioned list includes 12 devices, mostly high-end smartphones, that will get their well-deserved update in 2016. Some devices will get the update later next year.
List of Samsung devices that will get an update to Android 6.0:
Galaxy Note 5
Galaxy Note 4
Galaxy Note 4 Duos
Galaxy Note Edge
Galaxy S6 Edge +
Galaxy S6 Edge
Galaxy S6 Duos
Galaxy S5 Neo
Galaxy S5 LTE-A.
Considering that a new flagship will come out in 2016, it is nice to see older devices getting the update.
Apart from the aforementioned devices, some older or less-premium-looking devices will get an update to Marshmallow sometime next year. These include:
Galaxy Tab A
Galaxy Tab S2 8.0
Galaxy Tab S2 9.7.
Just in case you have one of these devices and are still thinking about upgrading or not, now you can make your decision based on the OTA news.
Of course, take everything with a grain of salt, because this is not official Samsung news. This could be totally or partially true. It can be completely bogus as well.
iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were announced today at Apple’s event. As expected, Apple did launch the S versions for this spring’s devices and not a next generation device. The general media opinion is that these are awesome devices, but are they really, especially when compared to other flagships of 2015?
Here is what these devices really look like, technically speaking:
iPhone 6S specs:
4.7-inch 1334 x 750 IPS LED screen
16/64/128 GB storage
12MP rear camera f/2.2 aperture
5MP front camera
front button for the fingerprint scanner
iPhone 6S Plus specs:
5.5-inch 1920×1080 IPS LED screen
16/64/128 GB storage
12 MP rear camera f/2.2 aperture
5MP front camera
fingerprint scanner on the front button.
Both devices will be available on multiple US retailers and in other countries starting September 25th.
Now comparing the iPhone 6S devices to other flagships, they don’t fare really well, considering that Google’s, Samsung’s and LG’s flagship have much bigger screens at significantly better resolution. Galaxy Note 5, Nexus 6 and LG G4 all have 2560×1440 resolution with screens of respectable sizes: 5.7 inch for the Note 5, 5.96 inches for Nexus 6 and 5.5 inches for LG G4.
We can’t really compare the processors, since Apple works with A9 proprietary chips while Samsung uses its own Exynos 7420 one, but Nexus 6 and LG G4 are really close with their Snapdragons 805 and 808.
Other smartphones offer different storage options of 32/64 GB and have from 2 to 4 GB or RAM. All of the other flagship smartphones already on the market offer better primary camera sensors, using mostly 16MP cameras, with the lower exception being 13MP for the rear camera by Nexus 6. Secondary cameras are a totally different thing, ranging from 2MP to 8MP sensors.
The different part from iPhones and Android phones is you can already get these Android smartphones but you will have to wait for a few days before being able to get your grubby little hands on an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 owners beware! According to various reports, your stylus may very well be what destroys your phablet, if you are not being attentive enough with it. Reinserting the Note’s stylus into the phone the wrong way can lead to disabling its stylus detection software. This basically means that, if you insert the S Pen back into its slot the wrong way, you may damage your smartphone completely. You would not be able to take notes when the screen is off and the S Pen radial menu will not work anymore.
Some sites report that wiggling the S Pen in the slot the right way may solve the issue. But we don’t advise you to attempt this. Your Samsung Galaxy Note 5 may really suffer if you try to prove a point by damaging it.
With previous models, the S Pen was much easier to manage in terms of proper placement. The Note 5 has a differently shaped stylus pen though; it has the same shape for its entire length, and it can be pushed into the phone both ways. When there is no physical resistance to warn that you are doing something wrong, the risk of shoving the pen down the slot wrong end first will increase.
Samsung does not want to find a solution to this apparent problem, so you will have to be careful with your new Note and use it as described in the user manual.
Samsung Unpacked brought us all we could ever want and more with the release of its most recent flagship devices. As speculated, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus made their triumphant appearance, and at the end of the presentation the company teased the new Gear device.
First in line is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, the most recent smartphone of the Note line. It is slimmer, has a bigger display AND a redesigned click-y S Pen. You can now write notes directly on your phablet screen without having to open it before hand and it appears to be actually very useful for people who want a big smartphone and who are creative.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is, as expected, the bigger brother to S6 Edge. It has the dual edge screen we embraced earlier this year and it could very well be the epitome of the journey began by the Galaxy Edge last year. Two colors were shown as previously leaked, the white and the gold version. It has a 5.7” screen and it is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus at the same time. Take that, Apple! It comes paired with a Bluetooth headset and offers sharp images and clear and fluid videos.
The physical keyboard case was also presented with the Note 5, making the previous leaks very very real, as expected. It is supposed to ease writing and protect your phone.
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO (2×2), Bluetooth® v4.2 LE, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC, Location (GPS, Glonass, Beidou)
Charging: Fast Charging, Fast Wireless Charging
Measurements: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm, 171g
available in Black Sapphire and White Pearl
The Samsung devices will be available in stores starting August 21, but this deal is only available for the US and Canada at the time being. US preorders will start today at 3PM so if you like what you saw at the live event, make sure to preorder.
Other interesting features:
VDIS – works with IOS on the rear camera to stabilize recordings
Sidesync – connects multiple screens on smartphones wirelessly and allows sharing data and files (MAC Compatibility along with Windows)
Fast wireless charging – 120 min to fully charge a depleted smartphone (this is just the beginning as Samsung says they want a world of charging free of cables!)
The live broadcast feature allows users to broadcast from smartphones directly on YouTube and whoever is watching doesn’t even need to have an account. Making thins accessible to everyone.
Apps Edge feature makes it easier for you to get close to your preferred contact by simply swiping one edge of the device.
Samsung Pay – the future of mobile payments, universal availability design in mind with making card swiping obsolete. As presented, the feature is as easy to use as follows: You sign in with your fingerprint and put your phone with its back on a credit card and that should to the trick. You can now pay your groceries with your Samsung Pay phone. The feature allowed Samsung to close partnerships with the biggest banks in the world, ant there is growing list of supported cards. This is the first feature to support retailer store, gift and membership cards.
Samsung Knox is supposed to keep your financial information safe from possible fraud and hacking. It does not store or transmit information during transactions. Each transaction uses one ID that gets deleted after use. The feature goes live in South Korea on August 20th , and it becomes available in the US on September 28th. Other countries will follow after that.
Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 was also teased at the end of the event, and the presented images have lots and lots of promise. That’s all for this month’s Samsung event.
Samsung is really really close to unveiling its newest smartphones today but one of them has already been leaked. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has just appeared in a set of real photos courtesy of Nowhereelse.fr and the details promise a pretty finished design. Rumor is this is a dummy version that will be displayed in shops, but it should fully replicate the phablet.
Galaxy Note 5 possible details
The handset is shown off in white and gold and even if we don’t actually know anything much, we can see how it looks from every angle. It appears that there will not be a microSD slot, as expected, and the pen slot is found in the bottom corner of the smartphone.
Rumors say the Note 5 will be powered by an Exynos 7420 or a 7422 processors aided by 4GB of RAM and a 16MP camera.
Samsung will reveal more details about the Note 5 in just a few hours at the Unpacked event and we will keep you posted as we find out more.