Samsung Galaxy A8 owners may have impatiently waited for the Android 6.0 update to be available for their phones while those who owned newer Samsung devices have started to received theirs. Now, it seems that their long wait is over since their handset will reportedly get the Marshmallow update soon.
Samsung has not released an official statement about this, but eagle-eyed tech experts have noted that the Samsung Galaxy A8 has been subjected to testing by the Wi-Fi Alliance and has received Wi-Fi Certification. According to the certificate, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (with the model number SM-A800F) has been approved to run on the Android 6.0 operating system.
The Wi-Fi Alliance typically tests devices and operating systems before an OS update can be publicly released for the said gadgets. Traditionally, when a device receives Wi-Fi Certification and gets approved for an OS update, its manufacturer rolls out the update through over-the-air (OTA) connection within one to two weeks. If this holds true, Samsung Galaxy A8 SM-A800F owners can expect to receive the Android 6.0 update before or by the end of May.
It’s important to note that the Wi-Fi Certification is only for Samsung Galaxy A8 units with the SM-A800F model number. Handsets with this model number was released globally except for Asia (Samsung Galaxy A8 units in the region have the A800Y model number). So, if the Marshmallow update for the device will be released, it will most likely reach customers in most parts of the world except Asia.
Those who own the Samsung Galaxy A8 SM-A800F should watch out for notifications that will inform them about the update’s availability. They can also manually check for the update by going to Settings >> About Device >> Software Updates >> Check for Updates.
This Galaxy A8 update is part of Samsung’s efforts to ensure that the Android 6.0 update will reach its older and lower-end phones. (The South Korean tech giant first rolled out the Marshmallow update for its flagship phones and newer models like the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5.) Those who own the two-year-old Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in Europe, for example, have just started to receive the Marshmallow update in their phablets.
Aside from the Galaxy A8, Samsung have already released the update for other models like the Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016) in South Korea and the United States. The manufacturer is expected to release Android 6.0 updates for other A-series and J-series models, such as the Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy J3 (2016), Galaxy J5, and Galaxy J7.
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