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Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7: Do They Have Marshmallow Yet?

Samsung is almost through with rolling out the Android 6.0 update. Most of its flagship devices around the world have already received the update, so the South Korean tech giant is making its way down to its mid-range devices as well as to its older handsets that are still somehow eligible for Marshmallow.


Samsung Galaxy J5

One of the devices that are still waiting for Android 6.0 is Samsung Galaxy J5. It has been a favorite among people who want to have a Samsung device but don’t want to pay a fortune for the high-end models.

Galaxy J5 2016 models that were released in South Korea and the United States came with Android 6.0 pre-installed in them, but those that were released in China came out of the box with Android 5.1 Lollipop. This is also the case for Galaxy J5 handsets that were released last year in other markets (such as Europe, India, South Africa, and New Zealand).

Fortunately, users in these markets have hope since it seems that Samsung is rolling out Marshmallow for their handsets. As we mentioned a couple of days ago, Samsung Galaxy J5 units in India have started to receive the update through over-the-air (OTA) connection.

The update, which has the build number J500FXXU1BPF4, is almost 900 MB in size, so users will need to have a strong and stable Wi-Fi connection and more than 50 percent battery life to complete the download. It’s possible that J5 devices in other countries and regions will soon receive the update, so users in these markets must stay tuned.

Samsung Galaxy J7

Just like the J5, Samsung Galaxy J7 units that were sold in the U.S. and in South Korea in 2016 were pre-installed with Android 6.0. However, this was not the case for 2016 J7 handsets that were sold in China as well as J7 units that were released in India, Thailand, Vietnam, and other countries in 2015.

Samsung has not announced when they would roll out the Marshmallow update for Galaxy J7 units that are still on Android Lollipop, but it’s safe to assume that it would be released soon considering that other devices in the Samsung Galaxy J series are starting to receive the update.

Those who can’t wait for the official update can download a ROM that would install Android 6.0 in their Samsung Galaxy J7. It’s important to note, though, that this ROM isn’t officially released by Google Android and may cause problems with the device, so users should download and install it at their own risk.

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