Is Samsung finally taking the software update business seriously? It certainly seems so, as the Korean giant has launched a beta testing program for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Those using either device from carriers KT and LG U+ will be allowed to take part, with Samsung saying it wants to enhance the software experience by taking real-world usage into account.
It’s a welcome step from Samsung, a company that has been notorious for releasing software updates that cause major issues on existing devices. Taking feedback from users will be a large help to the company in making sure Android 6.0 works as well as it does once it arrives on its smartphones. It’s unclear if the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ will also be part of the beta testing program; they probably will be, though the similar hardware on all four devices means Samsung could get away with testing the updated software on only the original Galaxy S6 lineup.
Samsung Netherlands tells us there is currently no plan for such a program in Europe, suggesting this is exclusive to Samsung’s home country for now. Galaxy S6 and S6 edge users can download the Galaxy Care app from the Galaxy Apps store or the Play Store to apply for the beta test. The program will apparently go on till January 18th, which can be taken as a sign that the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge won’t be receiving the Marshmallow update at least until late January.
What do you think about Samsung’s latest move to make its software as good as can be?
Update: Here’s the Galaxy Care APK for those who can’t see the app on the Play Store or Galaxy Apps store yet. To install, simply download the file on your S6 or S6 edge and open it using a file manager to install it on your device. Make sure to enable the Unknown sources option in the Settings » Lockscreen and security menu on your phone to be able to install the APK.