Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) new version of Android is here but it is only available for a couple of devices. Android 6.0 will soon be arriving to the latest smartphones and many sources are now saying that HTC Corp (TPE:2498) devices are first in line.
The Taiwanese multinational manufacturer of smartphones and tablets will do things differently this time around, releasing the update to owners outside of the United States.
HTC’s M9 and the older M8 will get the update before the end of the year. Other devices such as the One E9, E9+, One ME, One E8, Butterfly 3, Desire 826 and One M8 EYE will get it the first half of next year.
Those with mid-range devices will probably miss out because the company has taken a while to release the 5.1 Lollipop update. The M7 will also be skipped.
Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)
The Japanese company recently made an announcement about the update, which included a number of phones. The exact month or day of the release was not announced though. Some users have been able to test it out through Sony’s Concept for Android beta campaign.
Among those mentioned were: Xperia Z5, Xperia Z4 Tabler, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2.
LG has not said much about the Marshmallow update but it’s almost a sure thing that the V10, G4, G3 and the G Flex 2 will receive it by the end of the year. Some tech sites recently reported that the update could come to the G4 next week.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (KRX:005930)
Samsung phones are always one of the first in line when it comes to new updates and it will probably happen again. The high-end Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will receive it first. The update might then come to the mid-range models.
It was recently confirmed that the Moto G series along with the newest Moto X devices will get the update in November and December. The Moto X will obviously get it first since the phones were released not too long ago.
Nexus 5X and 6P
The two devices were unveiled recently and it was obvious that they would be the very first to come with the 6.0 update.
The update should be out for some Nexus 9 tablet owners by now.
Android 6.0 delivers a number of new features such as Doze, which helps the battery life, and security enhancements. Like in the release of past updates, users have reported a few problems. Ten days ago, the update started arriving to some of the Nexus 9 tablet owners. Others haven’t been as lucky and are still waiting.
Those who have Marshmallow, say the update has definitely improved their battery life. For those who haven’t read about the new features, Android 6.0 is coming with this thing called Doze, which knows when you’re not using the phone and starts to disable all the updates and all the things that usually lower your battery in hours. The feature still keeps you updated with all the notifications you’ve received during that time, so it’s definitely a nice addition.
The Nexus 6P ($499) and 5X ($379) are available for pre-order now.