Android 6.0 Marshmallow may not be the newest version of Android — that honor goes to Android 7.0 Nougat. But it’s not exactly been put out to pasture. Some smartphone makers have yet to decide which models of they’ll upgrade to Google’s latest newest mobile operating system … and which they won’t. There are bound to be smartphone casualties, but rest assured that most of the big-name devices will get — or have already gotten — the update.
Let’s dig through it all and find out whether Marshmallow will make it to your smartphone or tablet.
Updated on 11-13-2016 by Kyle Wiggers: Updated information for various devices from Google, LG, Sony, Huawei, and Samsung.
Google, Motorola, Asus, and HTC devices, BlackBerry
We’ll update this post regularly with new Android 6.0-compatible devices as announcement are made. Where possible, we’ve linked to the relevant carrier and manufacturer support pages.
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 debuted the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, both of which shipped with the newest version of Marshmallow, Android 6.0.1, pre-installed, the search giant said that select Nexus smartphones, tablets, and set-top boxes would receive an update to Android 7.0 Nougat. It’s available now for the following devices:
Google’s made the update available for download on the devices’ factory image page.
Unfortunately, neither Marshmallow nor Nougat will not make its way to the Nexus 4, the 2014 Nexus 7, or the Nexus 10. As such, if you’re the proud owner of any of those three devices and want some bleeding-edge Android goodness, you’ll have to turn to the rooting community and get your hands dirty… or consider trading up to a newer model.
There’s no word on whether all Google Play Edition (GPE) devices, among them the Moto G GPE, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE, will receive the Marshmallow update. But some recently have. HTC’s M8 GPE received an upgrade earlier this year, in March.
Motorola is also known for its timely updates in recent years, so it’s not surprising to learn that the company brought Marshmallow to a swath of devices relatively soon after the operating system’s finalization. They included:
- 2015 Moto X Pure Edition
- 2015 Moto X Style
- 2015 Moto X Force
- 2015 Moto X Play
- 2014 Moto X Pure Edition
- 2014 Moto X
- 2015 Moto G
- 2015 Moto G Turbo Edition
- 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE
- Droid Turbo
- Droid Turbo 2
- Droid Maxx
- Droid Maxx 2
- 2014 Moto Turbo
Some updates have been — and still are — restricted by region. Only 2014 Moto X and 2015 Moto E models sold in Latin America, Canada, Europe, and Asia have received an upgrade to Marshmallow.
Motorola’s transition to Marshmallow is a little more involved most. Upgraded phones lose Moto Assist, the phone maker’s suite of accessibility tools, and Motorola Migrate, its data backup tool. And Motorola retired Motorola Connect for Chrome, a browser extension that forwarded SMS messages to your PC’s web browser.
In November 2015, Asus posted a list of smartphones that would make the jump to Marshmallow to its ZenTalk community message board. That list included:
Oddly, mum’s the word on the status of the company’s Padfone S. Asus previously announced that it’d roll out new firmware in the second quarter of this year, but that window came and went.
We’ve reached out to the company for comment.
In accordance with its 90-day update guarantee, HTC promised to upgrade a bevy of devices to Marshmallow. The devices it’s committed to upgrading include:
- One M9
- One M8
- One M8 Google Play Edition
- One M9+
- One E9
- One E9+
- One E8
- One ME
- One M8 EYE
- Butterfly 2
- Butterfly 3
- Desire 826
- Desire 820
- Desire 816
The One Mini, One Mini 2, and One M7 are among the phones that won’t be receiving Marshmallow — HTC said they “fall outside [the] lifecycle window for updates.”