This week, Google released the fourth and final developer preview version of Android O, an OS that is here to succeed the current Android Nougat that was first released in 2016.
According to the search engine giant’s OS release timeline, the stable version of Android O will start rolling out this Q3, a period that has only two months remaining before it comes to a conclusion. There is no specific date as to when this OS will be coming out, but some sections are adamant that it will be released to the Google Pixel and Nexus phones somewhere in mid-August, slightly earlier than the time Nougat was released.
Last year, the LG G5 and HTC 10 were among the first non-Google phones to be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, with the pair receiving their treat somewhere in November. As for Samsung, which has the largest portfolio of smartphones on the planet, the first stable version of the OS started rolling out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in January this year, but the beta program was opened in early November, just a few days before the LG G5 started getting the stable version.
It took the company until March this year before the Galaxy S6 family started receiving the Nougat update, something that should be a repeat with respect to the 2016 Samsung Galaxy S7 and Android O is concerned. Speaking of Android O, many Samsung Galaxy S6 users are for sure asking whether they will be part of the update to this OS once it starts rolling out.
As at the time of this writing, Samsung has not mentioned a thing regarding whether or not the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge or Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be updated to the new Android O. However, we have been here for long enough to know a few things about how Samsung handles its software updates and we’ll be sharing the details with you right away.
For starters, you do know that Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge pair have now clocked two years in the market. The trio was released in the first half of 2015, which means it’s past the two-year period that Android devices are usually covered as far as major OS upgrades are concerned. It’s important to note that only Google has made it clear that its devices will only receive OS updates for two years and security patches for three years, but Samsung hasn’t made this clear.
Nonetheless, from the previous cases, we can assure that this is also the case with respect to Samsung Galaxy phones. In short, the Galaxy S6 family will fall under this limitation, which means that chances of the phones receiving the update to Android O are close to none, if not none.
At the time of their release, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were powered by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box. The phones have so far been upgraded to two OS versions in the shape of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the current Android 7.0 Nougat. As far as our knowledge takes us, we can assure that there are no more OS upgrades for this S6 family.
What this means is that don’t expect any upgrade to Android O on your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge+ handset because from now on, Samsung will only take into account the newer models that include last year’s Galaxy S7 family as well as the new Galaxy S8 pair. So, unless you make the switch to any of these two families, your only hope of getting an update to Android O on your Galaxy S6 phone is to turn to custom ROMs, which will for sure be available in plenty once the OS is released.
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