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Exclusive: Samsung flagships could get Android N in Q4 this year

The early reveal of Android N excited many, but for users of Samsung’s flagship smartphones, it was almost a slap in the face as Google gave us a preview of the next iteration of Android while Samsung still hadn’t pushed out Marshmallow to its flagships in many regions. But the company has slowly and surely increased the availability of Android 6.0 in the last month or so, and we now have word from our sources that the final Android N update for Samsung’s current top-of-the-line devices could arrive in the fourth quarter this year.

The fourth quarter is usually the time frame Samsung targets for major Android upgrades each year, but it’s not a timeline the company has always managed to follow. Take the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, for example. Samsung started beta testing the Marshmallow update for these devices in December last year, with the final update rolling out in late January but only in its home market. It’s highly likely that should Samsung manage to port Android N to its flagships before the start of 2017, the update will only be made available to users in a limited number of regions before making its way around the world in the months after.

Of course, with Google moving quickly with Android N (a beta version of Nexus devices was released at Google I/O yesterday), it’s possible Samsung will follow suit. The company has streamlined its software and made it extremely consistent across all its 2015 and 2016 flagships, so it would certainly be possible to get Android N out the door for multiple devices in a short span of time. According to our insider, the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, and Galaxy Note 5 will be first in line. When it comes to tablets, the Galaxy Tab S2 should be getting the update sometime in 2017.

For those wondering if the Galaxy Note 6 will come with Android N out of the box, we’re afraid we don’t have any concrete information. Our source says firmware development on the Note 6 is in its early stages, so we can’t rule out the possibility of the device being released with Marshmallow.

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neilj35
neilj35

Hahahahahaha, yeah right. We won’t see this update until Q4 2017. Samsund are soooooo USELESS with updates!!

Mohamed733
Mohamed733

l,m

bakry68
bakry68

I am asking about note3 n900 not about note6

maccyb
maccyb

There is no possibility that the Note 6 (or 7?) will have Android N on board. I am looking forward to the next Note though. If it’s as good as we are hearing I may not wait and upgrade the Note 5 rather than waiting another year. I work in engineering and am often on site for 15 hours, with my old Note I swapped batteries 2 or 3 times a day, but the Note 5 battery just goes on and on, and I get home with 25% and in an hour it’s full. If the Note 6 hits us… Read more »

bakry68
bakry68

is there any new news about marshmallow update for Note3 n900?

bakry68
bakry68

is there a hope that my note3 n900 will get marshmallow or at least 5.1.1 oneday?

AmazingAura01
AmazingAura01

Sure, Jan..

Seyhakany
Seyhakany

when My phone Samsung Galaxy note 4 SM-N910V get android M 6.0.x

RuffoNN
RuffoNN

Samsung mock G900H G900H users have no complaints and requests not yet been updated to the 6.0.1

bakry68
bakry68

what about marshmallow update for Note3 n900?

Celso09
Celso09

There’s nothing concrete yet, but I think the Galaxy Note 3 will not receive the Marshmallow.

garret14
garret14

Let’s hope Samsung will learn from mistakes, listen to the critics and being the leading company to roll out updates to their flagship devices. If they do I bet they will increase their sales for the next years.

Aurelciobanu
Aurelciobanu

It will be updated when sm- g900h the marshmallow ????????????????????

Celso09
Celso09

Probably the next days or at most weeks, AURELCIOBANU.

Aurelciobanu
Aurelciobanu

It will be updated when sm- g900h the marshmallow ?

LordOfSmartphones
LordOfSmartphones

So i searched today for an update (SM-900F). i actually found one and it was a god damn patch for 5.0…………………………………………..

Omaha4K
Omaha4K

true class. love the language Einstein. are you 10? I’m guessing you serve coffee for a living, and have a house under a freeway. Move on

ialeixo
ialeixo

And here I am still waiting for the marshmallow update in my country for the Note 4. Not that I have any hopes of this phone getting Android N……

Gregg1100
Gregg1100

It’s not funny that my Note 4 (910F) WAS a flagship 18 months ago when I bought it, still has not got MM 6.0.1, Will probably never get N, unless I root the thing.

Celso09
Celso09

Surely the Note 4 will pass away from Android N.
The Note line is this: when you launch the Note 6, only this and the previous generation continued to be supported.

SkrollLock
SkrollLock

Idon’t think so. Android N ETA for Samsung flagships will be: february – april as usual.

HexerPsy
HexerPsy

Wishful thinking. Samsung is horribly slow and the have too many phones to support. Phones 3 generations old get their regions updated over 1 year time… Only current and last gen phones get updates in a reasonable timeline. The software devision is just too small.

jamiebinbaker
jamiebinbaker

i don’t think so.

droyx
droyx

Great news.I hope Samsung will not delay with updating flagships.Really looking forward to the updates.

RichardDav3
RichardDav3

Any possibility for the Tab A get Android N? Is that even worth hoping for?

sanayp
sanayp

Maybe but we have to wait until news comes.

sanayp
sanayp

Also the speed in which 6.0.1 was released to t550 yesterday well before some note 4 and s5. There is a slim chance possibly

Goushique
Goushique

Maybe wait till 2017 June?

Celso09
Celso09

The current devices by line Galaxy Tab A most probably will be “stuck” on the Android Marshmallow, RICHARDDAV3.

takriti
takriti

Yes, I got a slap in the face yesterday when Google IO was talking about Android N and my Note 4 still didn’t the Android M! Then minutes later, lo and behold, I got the M update!! What a coincidence! Nevertheless, I am not optimistic that the Note 4 will get N this year, if at all. I am looking forward to the Note 6 in September, but I am grabbing the Note 4 tight since I switch batteries 3 times a day (I never connect my phone to a charger) and the SD card is big enough to hold… Read more »

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

Nope. Not going to happen. You post an article like this every year. The Note 6 will come with 6.0.1 and 7.0 will come on the S8 and only after the S8 is released, then the older flagships will get it. That’s just how Samsung is.

tcampos
tcampos

Sad but true.

CsabaZz
CsabaZz

You got it! This post is just full of joke, Note 6 will be released 6.0.1 out of box and will get the update in December or January. never and ever will this change. 🙁

utontissimo
utontissimo

LOL, this is an exclusive?