Although the rollout for Android 6.0 (popularly known as Marshmallow) has been extremely slow, many Samsung smartphone owners around the world are slowly receiving the latest update to the Android OS. Canadians who own Telus-powered Samsung Galaxy S6 phones, for example, will soon get Android 6.0.1 since Telus has started rolling it out on April 18. T-Mobile subscribers who own Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus will also get their Marshmallow update soon.
But, even as lots of Samsung fans start getting their Marshmallow fix, there are also those who are left in the dark. These include those who own older Samsung phones that may or may not get Android 6.0. One such model is Samsung Galaxy S4, which was launched in 2013 and became one of the biggest hits of the South Korean tech giant. Thousands of people bought the Galaxy S4 when it was released, and many of them continue to hold on to their device even after three years or so have passed.
If you’re one of these Samsung Galaxy S4 owners, you have to accept the fact that your chances of receiving the Marshmallow update are slim. Samsung has not yet made any official announcements about it but, if you take a look at the list of phones that are due to get Android 6.0, you’ll see that the S4 isn’t included. In fact, as we’ve mentioned in an earlier article, many tech experts say that the phone will never receive the update.
One of the biggest reasons for this is that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is already old. It’s been around for three years and has already passed the two-year threshold, which is the industry standard for smartphones to receive new updates. It’s also not powerful enough to support Marshmallow, which is demanding in terms of CPU, RAM, and hardware.
This isn’t really a problem if you’re not really interested about Android 6.0 and are contented with your Samsung Galaxy S4. But, if you want to experience the new features that the update brings, or if you’re just curious about how it works, you can choose from one of two choices: buy a new phone or install a custom ROM. There are lots of firmware, such as the VRToxin custom ROM, that allow you to enjoy the new Marshmallow features even without getting an official update from Samsung. But remember: these firmware can void your warranty and may brick your phone, so proceed with caution.