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Software Updates for the week ending 28 April 2016

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We’ve had reports overnight that users of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge+ on Optus, and unlocked Galaxy Note 5 users, are receiving updates to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow this weekend. If you’re not yet receiving updates on these devices, it’s time to head into Settings -> About and check for any updates, you might just be lucky with a tasty update to Android 6.0 therein.

Optus’ latest update entry (from 18 April) mentions that the Marshmallow update for Galaxy S6 Edge+ was expected by end of April, so the timeframe fits. Optus haven’t made any mention of Note 5 updates for its branded handsets. Optus don’t have any other Android M updates pending.

As at the end of last week, 28 April, Vodafone advises that Android M is in testing for both devices, though it appears there are some issues preventing a rollout from commencing soon. Updates for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are also being reviewed. Vodafone also have updates in the wings for Sony’s Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z5, but there appear to be issues in testing.

We’re expecting an update from Telstra on Monday, but as of last week, they’ve advised that Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates are around the corner for HTC One M8 and One M9, and there are updates in testing for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. These latter updates should be available mid May. Sony’s Xperia Z5 range has been held back due to some issues with emergency dialling features.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Ausdroid Reader

The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact got Marshmallow this week too.

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My BlackBerry Priv got the beta of marshmallow last week. Australia is due to get it on 3rd of May but haven’t seen if Optus are going to slow things up.

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5sNo11

Just updated a friend’s Note 5 from Optus to M 6.0.1

phantomsofthedesert
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phantomsofthedesert

yes I got my update Friday night for my s6 edge plus. so far it working faultless

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I would never get a carrier version of a phone in Australia. You never get updates.

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altechi

To be fair, non-carrier phones aren’t all that faster especially compared to Nexus phones. I wish google did something about this

Ausdroid Reader

They obviously aren’t as quick as nexus phones but are are considerably faster than carrier phones. Non carrier phones get the updates months sometimes a quarter of a year before the carriers finish their testing. Imo that’s the exact opposite of ‘aren’t all that faster’.

Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

Different phone, but my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact got an upgrade to Marshmallow this weekend.

Major Sceptic
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Major Sceptic

Have a z3 in our household, still waiting for the update, also looking forward to mm for my note 4.
Good thing I’m not hanging by the balls waiting ay 😁.

Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

Not sure if it makes a difference but my tablet isn’t from a carrier so it’s stock Sony.

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The Z3 phone got the update before the tablet. If the op has the Australian Z3 variant then the update has been available for over a month. I feel for them as their carrier is obviously taking their time.

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