05-12-2016 2:52 PM
After seeing all of the discussion around Marshmallow (and observing how spread out it is), I thought it would be a great idea to create a dedicated place for us as the mobility community team to share the information we have.
Anyone is welcome to join in the conversation; all I ask is (as a personal favor) we keep the conversation civil. We want to get you the information and updates as much as you want them. I think that's fair
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06-08-2016 7:52 AM
06-08-2016 11:26 AM
I just talked to an AT&T support tech and she said that only the galaxy s7 got the marshmallow update. Not the Galaxy s6 or s6 edge.
06-08-2016 12:22 PM
I don't even know why I put up with this garbage. I paid for my phone in full and have no contact. Doesn't AT&T care that I can leave at any time? How much different is the firmware for a galaxy s6 active vs a standard galaxy s6? An active key and no thumbprint scanner?
Yes, you paid for your phone in full, you have no contract with AT&T, and you can move your phone to another carrier at any time you choose to do so... that's true. However, assuming your phone is an AT&T branded phone, your phone will never receive another OTA update. AT&T's carrier branded phones only receive firmware updates OTA while connected to the AT&T network with an AT&T SIM card installed.
So, although you could certainly move to the carrier of your choice, one that you feel will provide good service and will speedily distribute updates to their customers' phones but, because your phone's carrier-modified and branded operating system is still dependent on AT&T for updates, but no longer connects to AT&T's network, you'll receive zip, nada, zilch.
Android updates are released to the phone manufacturers. Some do very little in the way of modifications, some do a lot. Samsung does a lot... features are added, features are taken away, and of course there's Touchwiz. Then the carriers have their own set of features added, modified, and/or taken away. At best, a few months pass, at worst a lot of months pass, and then consumers finally receive the update.
I don't think the answer is to move a carrier branded phone to another carrier and end up with the phone forever deprived of updates. I certainly don't believe the answer is to buy the latest "flagship" phone, because that's only kicking the problem down the road for a few months until the next new operating system and the next new "flagship" devices are released. I don't think an international version of the phone is the answer either. Although it's not carrier branded, it may well not have a desired feature, such as Samsung Pay, that US phones have.
For all of the above reasons, and other reasons as well, my next phone will definitely be a Nexus.
06-08-2016 12:53 PM
So the old saying, if you can't beat'em, join them applies here.
The manufacturers agree to support updates for at least 18 months. I still have the little Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which was on the initial list for android 6. It was released in September 2014, which is just on the line. It's a fine little phone, but the battery life is pitiful. Since it was a carrier exclusive, and not a hot seller, I'm a bit skeptical.
I'm keeping it as a back up, but I would use it if it lasted more than half a day.
06-08-2016 2:43 PM
I'm thinking that I may be confused.
Is there now an Android 6 update for the G928A (S6 Edge+)? I suddenly found several message threads closed and solutions posted, but those so-called "solutions" seem to apply to only other versions of the Galaxy 6, not the S6 Edge+.
Has AT&T made any announcement about availability or are we simply barred from discussing it?
06-08-2016 3:00 PM
I can't believe I ask a question about inappropriately marking posts with inapplicable solutions and they mark THAT ONE with the same inapplicable "solution". I don't think it's me that's confused.
06-08-2016 5:04 PM
06-08-2016 6:59 PM
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06-08-2016 7:57 PM