On Monday, Samsung announced the beginning of distribution of the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow on flagship smartphones Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge – a week before the presentation of the next generation models. Smartphone users can download the OS four months after the release of a new software platform Google.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow was announced in may 2015 at the conference for developers Google I/O, and the official release OS for a “reference” of the devices took place in early October. To owners of the flagship Samsung phones, however, the update has come just now. First it started to get residents of South Korea, as reported by local office on the official website.
Users of the Samsung Galaxy S6 is not the only one who waiting for the latest Android version. Owners of the Galaxy S5, A8 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will have to wait “six” until spring — until they turn comes in March-April 2016. And smartphones edition 2013 – Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 – will not receive the actual update. Owners of the flagship Sony Xperia Z5 delivered the long-awaited release only in early February. In this respect, lucky owners of top-end LG G4 device up to Android 6.0 came in December – two months after the release of the firmware.
Previously HTC has released an infographic titled “the Anatomy of Android update”. The slide illustrates in detail the main stages of preparation for the release of updates for the mobile platform, and Google also explains why users “phones” get a new OS version with big delay or not get at all.
The process of preparing updates of the Android devices is divided into five stages: evaluation, development, integration, certification, and distribution. In the first stage, the manufacturers of smartphones and tablets new version of the platform developed by Google. Next steps include the development and integration of producers and processors of mobile devices write the drivers and software on the basis of a new Android build, then send them to the companies for integration with gadgets. Then performed testing and certification. And only after that update comes to users.
Now the iOS 9 has become available to all owners of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on the day of release in September last year. At the moment the proportion of “nine” among the users of compatible gadgets is 77%. The share of Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the beginning of February has barely exceeded 1%.