Owners of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge purchased from Verizon in the U.S. should start seeing the anticipated Android Marshmallow (6.0.1) update arrive over the next few days.
Included in the update is the security patch from April 2, 2016. These security updates were promised by Google as a regular occurrence ever since the Stagefright vulnerability was revealed to the public.
It’s taken six months for the update to be implemented into last year’s two flagships from Samsung — nothing outside of the ordinary there. But getting this month’s security fix implemented in such a short time is a big surprise. Big manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei receive access to the monthly security updates 30 days ahead of their scheduled release date, meaning Samsung came close to fixing the security update in less than 30 days. Not even Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, nor the Huawei branded Nexus 6P developed together with Google, have received this security patch. Along for the ride are also your standard bug fixes, speed optimization, and improved stability.
Not all phones can get the update straight away, but as we wrote earlier, it should arrive within the next few days. To check if you can nab the update, just head over to “Software Update”, found within “Settings”, and then “About Device”. If you’re busy, you can simply wait until a push notification tells you your device is eligible for an update.
Some of the new features in Android Marshmallow include a shortcut to certain settings like the battery or display, Android Pay, as well as Google Now on Tap no matter where you are in Android. Another much welcome addition is the improved system for app permissions. Android Marshmallow automatically prompts you when an app is asking for a new permission, and you can manually change these settings from within the “Application Manager” in “Settings.”