(Update: now in South Korea) Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow lands for the Galaxy Note 5

by: Robert TriggsFebruary 24, 2016

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Update, February 24: Following the start in Cambodia, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is rolling out to the Note 5 in South Korea. So far, local carriers LG U Plus and SK Telecom are rolling out the OTA, with the other major operators to follow soon. We’ll keep you posted with details regarding the update for other markets.

Android 6.0 marshmallow logo DSC_0126See also: Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates roundup – March 22, 2016157

Original post, February 19: We all knew that this was not too far away after Samsung announced its Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates for its Galaxy S6 edge and edge+ handsets. Today, Samsung has begun rolling out its version of Marshmallow for the Galaxy Note 5.

So far the update has only been spotted in Cambodia, but should be heading to other regions over-the-air as we speak. This means that the updating is available for SM-N920C models so far, and is accompanied by a N920CXXU2BPB6 build number.

We know that there are quite a few changes in the Marshmallow build, including some UI tweaks, an updated version 4.0 web browser with ad-blocking support, and the all new Cross app. Not forgetting new core Android features such as Doze, Google Now on Tap, and improved app permissions. For a closer look at what’s included in the update, check out our thoughts on Samsung’s Marshmallow beta:

galaxy-s6-marshmallow-thumbRead on: Marshmallow on the Galaxy S6 is a welcome improvement102

The update will gradually roll-out across the globe in the usual waves. If a manual OTA check isn’t yielding results, eager customers should be able to spot the update through Samsung’s Smart Switch software. If you are up for a manual installation, you can always grab the ripped firmware from SamMobile’s archives. Just make sure that you’re installing the firmware on the correct Note 5 model.

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  • Nallaikumaran

    Why Android Updates Are So Slow?

    When Google releases a new version of the Android software, there are, essentially, three steps that must happen before the update will show up on your phone. First, the chip-makers must provide new “hooks,” or code that allows the operating system to communicate with (and thus control) the hardware components. Because there are many different chipmakers within the Android ecosystem of devices, and each company has different chips that it makes, each one takes a different amount of time to develop. Typically, though, the chipmakers are able to deliver the new hooks within a month or two.

    Then the software stack moves on to the manufacturers. Because each device is built with slightly different components, the new software must be custom-tailored for each phone or tablet. In other words, Samsung can’t just apply its TouchWiz UI to Android OS and then push it to all of its devices. Plus, each wireless carrier has its own unique set of software requirements. That may include base-level functionality, and it may include carrier-specific apps. That’s in addition to whatever customization the handset manufacturers are doing in terms of their third-party user interfaces. According to Samsung’s Nick DiCarlo, it takes about six to eight weeks, on average, from when the company gets the OS update from Google to when it can deliver the finished version to the carrier. Small bug-fix updates will be much shorter. Bigger updates could be way longer.

    The manufacturers’ third-party UIs (“skins”) get blamed more than anything for upgrade slowness, and it’s easy to see why. After all, they are visually prominent and seem to be the only tangible difference from a Google Nexus phone, which typically launches with the latest Android version. But most of the work is actually fitting Google’s new software to the hardware components. “It’s not as simple as, if we didn’t do customization, just downloading a ROM from Google. That wouldn’t work,” says HTC’s Drew Bamford. “So, even if we did no customization, I’m not sure that the process would be much faster, to be honest.”

    So if not skins, what’s the major delay? Don’t look at the manufacturers.

    The Big Hold-Up

    Welcome to the wonderful world of carrier testing. The wireless carriers have to test not only every single new phone they plan to offer, but also every software update to every phone that they are already carrying. Simply put, they have to be certain that the phone will work on their network as advertized. How hard is that? Try mind-bogglingly.

    “They’ve got limited resources, people, time, equipment,” says Samsung’s DiCarlo. “The test scopes for these, as the networks get more complex with CDMA, GSM, LTE, multiple bands, now getting into VoLTE next year, different regions of the network are made with different network providers, so they have to test in all the regions. So the network testing complexity is extraordinary.”

    Each carrier has a validation team. They do everything from drop tests for the hardware to benchmark tests against usability metrics. They take software through automated experiences to see if there is a slowdown somewhere. When they finally give TA (Technical Acceptance) they want to be sure that they’re maintaining their standards. “We try to do capacity planning,” says T-Mobile’s Jason Young. “We look ahead to the year and we are setting projected TA (or Technical Acceptance) dates for devices 6-12 months in advance. Then we work backward from there.” When they anticipate many device updates coming near each other they ask, “What device is more important for us to bring to market?” This prioritization is a sticky subject. According to DiCarlo:

    “If you are a carrier and you’re running a lab and you’re supporting 30 or 40 phones at a time—and from their view, they’re supporting hundreds of phones. Two years of contracts over many years, right?— Do they want to spend time testing the new hotness that’s coming out at the beginning of Q4, or an OS update for a phone from two years ago?”

    The carriers, after all, are in the business of selling you new devices to keep you hooked into their services. For the devices already sold, it makes sense to focus on the most popular devices first in order to keep the most people happy with the least amount of effort. It’s simple economics: they get more bang for their buck that way. So how long does this take?

    “I can tell you that when we release a new product to carriers, we can have it running in our labs for six months before it’s released by the carrier,” says HTC’s Bamford. “It can take a long time.” T-Mobile’s Young confirmed that it is typically three to six months from the time they get the new software until it goes live. Simple addition, then, will tell you that it may be as much as nine months for that new software to make it to your device, and that’s only if the manufacturers and carriers agree that it’s worth devoting the time and resources to update it at all.

    The Boogeyman

    A lot of Android conspiracy theorists have come to the conclusion that manufacturers and/or carriers deliberately delay software upgrades to older devices in order to sell new ones. Of course, not a single person we spoke to would admit to that, despite our prodding. But what’s actually happening isn’t quite so cut and dried.

    Why Android Updates Are So Slow

    Again, it’s all about prioritizing resources. Manufacturers have only so many employees, and they have to decide how best to use them. If setting them to work on applying a new update to older hardware makes them look good, they’ll do it, but of course priority is given to new devices—the devices which are just about to launch, or which have recently launched and on which advertizing dollars are still being spent. And because network testing is so exhaustive, of course the carriers must prioritize, too, but different carriers will prioritize in different ways, depending on their current device lineup and what they have coming down the pipe.

    According to Motorola’s Punit Soni: “Some carriers say, ‘This update is really important to us, so as soon as you get it to us we’re going to put it into the lab and devote all our resources to it’. Other say, ‘This is actually third or fourth in our queue, so we’re going to have to wait a little bit until we can put it through our labs.'”

    • SeanPR11

      Android Updates……Nexus 6P…..Project fi……done.

      • Sivasarma Nallaikumaran

        Google is a dishonest company and selfish business.

        • SeanPR11

          They have done right by me so far, no complaints.

        • fitnesspro22

          You mean Apple. Don’t you? Unless, you’re nuts.

          • Nallaikumaran

            The only idiot, in my opinion, is you.You don t know the truth behind me.You’re nuts.

        • Selim

          How are they “dishonest” .. The Nexus devices have been on Marshmallow. Blame Samsung for forcing TW on all their devices and carriers for filling up our phones with every bit of unnecessary crap we dont need or want and we still have to pay in full for the device you own but dont have control over your property. Now that is being dishonest. Blaming Google is not smart of your part.

          • max

            Go take a class in economy instead of believing everything you read on the internet. Do you even think about how much money it costs to run a business of this size? How many employees they have? Dude?????????Try looking at all points of view.

        • max

          Oh screw you, they don’t owe you jack shit! You’re forgetting one important thing, IT’S A BUSINESS. Just like Apple and the rest. This is the real world, not a charity.

    • Biga173rd

      Wow great explanation.

      • Biga173rdRANTERMAN

        Hey FUCKTARD You are a friggin loser BC

        • Biga173rd

          No your is mom Fucktard. Do yourself favor and go eat a rhino’s dick

    • Eric Stealth

      I think it’s bullshit why Google and the Android Team leave it to the carriers to push the update. That is so dumb.

      If iPhones & Nexus devices can get updated ASAP without the interference of carriers why not allow Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, etc. do the same?

      The carriers are the ones that are at fault as they are in the business of selling as many phones as possible.

      I mean the Nexus devices were built by HTC in the beginning, then Samsung, then LG, then Motorola, and recently Huawei. So if they were able to update these devices ASAP in conjunction with the mentioned manufacturers’ approval then why are they leaving it up to the carriers ?!? And mind you each Nexus device can be used with most of the 4 major carriers in the USA (ATT, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint).

      Google and the Android Team needs to dissolve and/or change their agreement with carriers for non-Nexus devices.

      Device manufacturers such as Samsung, LG and HTC is making their Androids like a piece of SHIT when customers have the latest and the greatest flagship device they paid $600 – $700 USD that runs an antiquated and/or 2 year old OS; making them vulnerable to security threats because it has not been updated.

      And this is a very bad reflection on Google’s because they own Android.

      Yeah, Apple and Microsoft devices are laughing at them. Androids are a fucking joke.

    • kaio luiz

      I cam install this update in my galaxy note 5 SM-N920G …… ?

    • kaio luiz

      I cam install this update in my galaxy note 5 SM-N920G?

  • Haseeb

    Where’s my S6’s Marshmallow???!

    • nezlobnyj

      this. to update sooner the phone that was released half a year later – they desperately want to be left without customer base.

    • fitnesspro22

      You wanna Marshmallow? Get a NEXUS and be happy forever after. I am not kidding. I have had three Galaxies, 2, 3 and 4 – nothing but problems. Same shit with iPhone 5. That all changed in Dec 2013 with the NEXUS 5. Fast & furious, reliable, no problems. Now, we have at home NEXUS 5, NEXUS 6P and NEXUS 7, all with the Marshmallow. Wonderful devices. We also have an iPhone 6+, used mostly by my wife. Why iPhone? Because my wife is from Russia (she is beautiful) and over there they know only “iPhone.”.

    • mcdonsco

      Don’t worry, those of us not in freaking Cambodia don’t have it on our note 5’s either.

  • Kadri246

    You can bet that I’ll be switching back to Xperia or maybe I’ll try a Nexus. After paying premium, I expect premium support. Samsung just don’t know how to conduct business for their Android devices. What pushed me to the brink apart from these updates, is the fact that as a recognized Rom developer and designer, I’ve been turned away from gaining access as a theme designer for Galaxy. Heck, all the other Manufacturers give their theme apps for free for public use. Not even the little guy that want to design a theme for personal use can get access to their software. Samsung just got two big double middle fingers from me. I can say these 15 years as a Samsung user has finally come to an end for my household.

    • David Williams

      And Sony provides premium support? The whole z5 line hasn’t seen a single build of marshmallow yet.

    • SnakeSplitskin

      I think this whole ROM installing business blows chunks. There’s no possible way to know if the ROM you’ve loaded is secure or full of intentional malware. And the amount of effort you have to go through to install the correct ROM for your device is a pain. It’s not like you can go tot the Play Store and click on an icon to install it. There’s also no real benefit. Why buy any smartphone if you think it’s so crippled in features that you have to install a whole new ROM? The ROM market is so small anyway that anyone who complains they can’t have access to software just so they can dick around with it to make something not even a handful of people would want is just wasting their time. So there are other OEM’s you can praise up and down for having access to the theme software. By all means start praising. If you want to give Sammy the dual middle fingers then do that too. But you obviously thought enough about their smartphones to want to dedicate your time to tinkering with them.

      • Biga173rdRANTERMAN

        YOOO FUCKTARD…you are all SOns Of Bitches Sister Fuckers

        • SnakeSplitskin

          Looks like someone ditched school today or it’s parent-teacher conference time.

  • It’s way simpler than that. Samsung has a lousy software group who if the knew what they were doing would have the updates out in a few weeks after the Google release. Specifically the concept of ‘platform’ is not used so every phone is different and needs uniquely crafted software to run it. Inefficient and wasting Samsung shareholders money. If Samsung had a brain the same code set would work on every phone they make. They don’t have a strategy for software, except to piss off users with bloatware and late updates forcing you to buy a new phone every year if you want the latest from Google. The answer’s pretty simple for users, root the phone and use a custom ROM. It’s easy to do and one can keep up to date without waiting for the ‘morons’ at Samsung to get their act together.

    • Eddie Hicks

      Unfortunately rooting is no longer an option if Verizon is your carrier. I believe AT&T is the same. They lock the bootloader so tight no Dev’s can touch it. Verizon also take a long time to update even after new firmware is released. I have a S6. With the S7 coming out next month I may not see MM from Verizon until late Spring.

      • If you own the phone that sounds like a class action about to stick it to VZ. Unlocking and rooting have been legal on ‘owned’ phone for several years now.

        • Eddie Hicks

          You are absolutely correct. Up until the 2015 phones we were able to root. Basically Verizon is breaking the law. I think that people on XDA are talking about a class action suit. Verizon is just thumbing their noses at people who purchase their phones. I hope this is eventually resolved.

    • Major Sceptic

      I suspect the amount of different devices Samsung has goes same way to make updating them all a mammoth task, how many devices has Google ? Only 2 as far as I’m aware.

      • That why ‘platforming’ is so important. You only have to write for one platform. All the phone follow the ‘platform’ spen and ‘BINGO’. All the phones can use the same code set.

        • SnakeSplitskin

          Marjor Septic is correct. “Platforming” won’t help Samsung because they make phones across all economic ranges (low, mid, and high-end) in different geographical markets with different carriers. With phones having different internals, there’s no possible way to make one set of code for all those different phones. And it would be foolish for Samsung to abandon their all-range strategy just to accommodate quick software updates. The only OEM’s who MUST have quick updates are OEM’s who advertise that as the main feature of owning the phone.

          It’s widely known that Samsung is slow to update their devices yet their phones always outsell the other brands. So slow updates (if at all) isn’t an important consideration for most people when they buy a device.

          • Samsung’s sale have been plunging for a couple of years. Toyota has ‘platforming’ strategy. Corrola = Rav$ for example. It’s inefficient to make 25+ distinct designs with different motherboards, etc. It takes brains which Samsung seems to be shot of.

          • SnakeSplitskin

            Samsung sales have not been plunging. Only their profits. The problem is that their sales haven’t met expectations meaning they’ve sold less (flagships) than what they or analysts expected keeping in mind that those flagships have the higher profit margins than the lower end phones. If Samsung focused on the “efficiency” angle as you have described it they would have lost out on all those sales of lower-end and mid-ranged phones. If they were to forego on flagship phones then those lower-end phones would lose their luster because they wouldn’t be part of a top-tier brand. So yes, Samsung indeed has brains in control of what they are doing. You don’t become the world’s #1 seller of smartphones without having the brains to make it happen.

            I think what you’re confusing is Samsung’s their inability to push out timely major Android updates is somehow tied to lower than expected sales. These two circumstances are not connected. If they were, then you’d see every OEM that offers quick upgrades to newly released versions of Android become the top selling Android OEMs. Obviously Huawei hasn’t been able to accomplish that with the 6P and Motorola didn’t do it with the N6 and LG hasn’t done it with the G4.

    • SnakeSplitskin

      The mainstream consumer doesn’t care about rooting and wouldn’t spend 3 seconds going through XDA forums to try to solve all the issues related to rooting. Don’t let your selfish thinking get the best of you. The rooting fanbase is very tiny and the smartphone market wasn’t made to cater to them. Besides, Samsung phones keep selling like crazy vs. other OEM’s which proves that the regular consumer who is buying up most of the phones doesn’t really care that their phone doesn’t have the latest Android version because the differences are always minor. It’s only a problem if the phone doesn’t work like it should when they bought it. So you and your rooting mob of about 100 people can just continue breaching the security on your phones by adding ROMs that haven’t gotten any sort of security check and have no real way of determining who actually made them

      • You facts are a little thin but never mind. The best part about unlocking and rooting is one can change carriers at will and travel to other countries and not pay the silly international roaming rates. But you sound like a carrier fanboy so maybe you like having your bank account emptied by the likes of Verizon. JUst the stupid bloatware and cruft the carriers put on the phone is enough to make one puke. NFL, VZ TV etc, WFC…….It’s my phone. I paid full price for it and I don’t want VZ or ATT telling me what to do. Maybe you need the guidance from corporate America…….

        • SnakeSplitskin

          that’s great but you miss my point. I totally get you prefer to move from carrier to carrier. I also get that you like the idea of going international whenever you want. But you have to admit that everything you mentioned that you like mainstream public doesn’t even consider. ATT & Verizon have the most subscribers and have had the most subscribers for years. This can only mean that they have a large customer base that is dedicated to their networks so they don’t care about jumping through hoops to enable their phones to be used on other carriers. They also don’t care about carrier bloat because if they did they’d be buying phones from Amazon instead of directly through the carrier. Last time I checked the carriers are still selling phones to their customers and don’t look to be giving that up soon. As for international calling…well this is America. We have many people here who travel abroad but in terms of percentages it’s a small number unfortunately. So the whole international roaming issue isn’t really an issue like it would be for someone in Europe with small nations tightly clustered together geographically.

          So I stand by my original statement. The benefits of rooting that you love so much are not really recognized or sought by the mainstream consumer. You are in a minority and therefore OEM’s could care less what the rooting community thinks. Maybe some guidance from corporate America might help you understand this.

          • VersedNJ

            That, and unlocking the phone for international use, and rooting have nothing to do with each other. An unlocked Note 5 AT&T (or any other carrier) branded will work with a sim from another carrier and another country.

      • Eddie Hicks

        I agree the mainstream consumer don’t care about rooting. Many people have no idea what it even means. I know a 100 people is just a number you threw out there but it think the number of people who do root is significant. There are many apps in the Play Store that are root only. My S6 is my 4th Verizon smartphone and the only one that at this point that cannot be rooted. I root but rarely install a custom ROM. I root mainly to run Titanium Backup to backup my complete system and to get rid of bloat. But there are other ways I benefit from rooting. I had 2 HTC phones. HTC had a method that allowed you to unlock the bootloader as long as you agreed to forego your warranty. If Verizon is worried about people screwing up their phones they can take the same approach HTC did. Buying a phone on Amazon is not an option because the unlocked phones are GSM and Verizon use CDMA. I stay with Verizon because they have the best service range in my area and I have been with them for over 20 years. Paying over $700 for my device the choice should be mine, security issues and all.

        • SnakeSplitskin

          True, the number “100” is just something I threw out there to illustrate that compared to the overall market, rooting fans are a small minority. But I do agree with you on using Titanium. I did have a rooted phone for a good while and used Titanium. I enjoyed freezing apps or totally removing them but having the whole app backed up complete with all my data. It definitely is a powerful tool. And yes, there are apps in the Play Store that require root. But let’s be real. The rooting segment really is tiny vs. the overall market to not make a difference. Phone makers don’t make phones because they hear what the rooting segment is saying. When the rooting segment becomes large enough then we’ll see a shift in what the OEM’s and the carriers bring to market. Given how improved phones are getting with each iteration, I just don’t see the rooting segment growing.

          And I certainly agree with you that if you pay $700 for a phone then you should be allowed to do whatever you want with it. Unfortunately the carriers take the same attitude and say if we spend millions of dollars on our network then we get to decide how the phones we allow on our network to operate.

        • Omar Ben Sassi

          me too i root not to have a custom rom…but to have apps like freedom…titanium backup and lucky patcher…and to block ads and to remove some bloatware not more

      • max

        It’s all marketing buddy. These people are way smarter than you think. Why do you think the update is being exclusively released on the most expensive models? Statistically they’re less likely to upgrade the following year. It all has to do with money, they’re constantly competing with Apple and the rest. They can’t afford to have a decline in sales, they have to answer to billionaire investors and so on. Yes, it sucks but it’s not a huge deal and saves samsung money by leaving plenty of time to test and optimize the update. Not to mention hype. It’s a lot smarter than Google and the others in a business sense. That’s what takes you from millions to billions and even trillions, by being a savage. Same goes for Apple, yes they release updates on time but their business model isn’t the same as samsungs, they get there lost income in other areas of essentially screwing over the loyal consumer.

  • mcdonsco

    Hopefully this means it’s close for my n920i

  • fitnesspro22

    I have had Marshmallow on my NEXUS 5 for five months and on the NEXUS 6P since the beginning, three months ago. Samsung’s Galaxy is a joke. Google NEXUS Pure Android reign supreme. And on my NEXUS 7. ( Sent from my brand new NEXUS 5 /not to be confused with 5X/). What do you say to that, if any thing?

    • VersedNJ

      Aren’t you so great, maybe you should run for President!.

      • MattPortland

        These “Nexus Master Race” people are nearly as bad as iPhone users.

        • But they have a point. Software is always the most secure and uptodate. Samsung just loads the phone up with junk like Samsung+. Constantly notifies me I have issues when I don’t.

          • MattPortland

            Doesn’t matter if they have a point. A point can be made without being a dick or a troll about it.

  • kaio luiz

    I cam install this update in my galaxy note 5 SM-N920G?

  • mcdonsco


  • saksham

    i have my s6 edge and not received the marshmallow update … i just dont care about it as long as my phone is working like mint

  • Alice

    *Does anyone know WHEN Samsung S6 in US will get marshmallow? I started to read through the comments but it’s ridiculousness I don’t wanna read. please let me know thanks

  • Frank Arcati

    And also Google disabled MIRACAST! So if u are one of the people like myself that like to cast to your Xbox one.and many other things those days are gone.fucking sucks!

  • Hythem Barakat

    Note 5 now getting marshmallow update through smart switch in Egypt