After months of anticipation, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is finally upon us, which means manufacturers are in a rush to determine which of their phones will be bestowed with Google’s latest version of its mobile operating system … and which will be shunned. There are bound to be casualties, but most of the big-name phones will get the update. So let’s dig through it all and find out whether Marshmallow will make it to your smartphone or tablet.
Updated on 02-15-2016 by Kyle Wiggers: Updated information for various devices from Google, LG, Sony, Huawei, and Samsung.
Google, Motorola, Asus, and HTC devices
We’ll update this post regularly with new Android 6.0-compatible devices as manufacturers make announcements. You can also check out our numerous guides on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which are listed below:
- 10 awesome Android 6.0 Marshmallow tips to try out
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow review
- How to flash the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory image on Nexus devices
- Everything you need to know about Android 6.0 Marshmallow: Get it on your Nexus now
Google Nexus and Play Edition devices
When Google revealed the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P — both of which will come with the newest version of Marshmallow, Android 6.0.1, pre-installed — the search giant also announced that the following older Nexus devices would receive the update starting on October 5, 2015:
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 9
- Nexus 5
- Nexus 7 (2013)
- Nexus Player
Google’s made the update available for download on the devices’ factory image page.
Unfortunately, Marshmallow will not make its way to the Nexus 4, the original Nexus 7, or the Nexus 10. As such, if you have any of these three devices and want some Marshmallow goodness, you’ll have to turn to the rooting community and get your hands dirty.
In addition, there’s no word on whether most Google Play Edition (GPE) devices — which include the Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE, Moto G GPE, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE — will receive the Marshmallow update.
Motorola is also known for its timely updates in recent years, so it’s not surprising to learn that Motorola will bring Marshmallow to a swath of devices early on, which include:
- 2015 Moto X Pure Edition
- 2015 Moto X Style
- 2015 Moto X Play
- 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the U.S.
- 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe, and Asia
- 2015 Moto G
- 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE
- Droid Turbo
- 2014 Moto Maxx
- 2014 Moto Turbo
- Nexus 6
Marshmallow has already begun hitting Moto X (2014) and Pure Edition models in Brazil, India, and Europe. And the Moto X Style — the international variant of the Moto X Pure Edition in the U.S. — started receiving the upgrade in the second week of December. Verizon, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular were among the U.S. carriers. Moto X Play users in Brazil and India also started receiving the Marshmallow update in early January.
The Moto G Turbo received the Marshmallow update in India starting January 19. The update also includes Google’s December security patch. The Moto G (3rd gen) started receiving the same update in December, while the release notes for the Moto G (2nd gen) were posted on January 21. That update should start rolling very soon.
The biggest omissions to the list are the U.S. carrier versions of the 2014 Moto X, though Motorola stated that “things may change” on that front. Also missing are both 2014 and 2015 versions of the Moto E, as well as the original Moto X and Moto G. Hopefully these devices will be added in the future.
Asus, not to be outdone, in November posted an unadulterated list to its ZenTalk community message board of smartphones that’ll make the jump to Marshmallow. That list includes:
- Padfone S
- ZenFone 2
- ZenFone 2 Deluxe/Special Edition
- ZenFone 2 Laser
- ZenFone Selfie
The company didn’t, unfortunately, indicate when owners of the aforementioned devices might expect the upgrade.
In accordance with its 90-day update guarantee, HTC’s promised to upgrade a bunch of devices to Marshmallow in the coming months. It cautioned, though, that updates would be predicated on carrier cooperation.
- One M9
- One M8
- One M9+
- One E9
- One E9+
- One E8
- One ME
- One M8 EYE
- Butterfly 3
- Desire 826
- Desire 820
- Desire 816
And as for the Google Play Edition of the One M8? It’ll receive Android Marshmallow in October, HTC Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi confirmed via Twitter. The One M7 isn’t so fortunate: HTC said that the two-year-old phone “falls outside its lifecycle’s window for updates.”
HTC’s Mo Versi announced on Twitter in late December that unlocked One M9 and One A9 devices are receiving the Marshmallow update. The M9 is getting Android 6.0, while the A9 is getting 6.0.1. The M9 requires two updates. The first one preps the device, while the second and much larger (1.21GB) one will bring the software to 6.0.
Mo Versi also announced the One M9 would be getting the update in Canada starting January 18. Carriers include Sasktel, Rogers, Wind, and Videotron.
HTC UK took to Twitter to announce that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now rolling to One M8 devices in that region starting on January 19. One M9 users in the UK won’t be left in the cold for long, though, as the company announced the Marshmallow update will be arriving soon.
The Sprint HTC One M8 is also slated to receive the Marshmallow update starting the week of January 18, according to Mo Versi.