Another nice surprise coming from Samsung. The Indian owners of the Galaxy A8 phablet released in August 2015 are now able to upgrade their devices from Android 5.1 Lollipop to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and the update will be soon available the rest of the world.
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for the Galaxy A8 weighs in at 1,112MB and it comes with new features such as Google Now on Tap, Doze mode, redesigned app permissions, new emoji, Quick Launch Camera, Do Not Disturb & Volume Controls etc. In addition, Samsung has included its own changes to its TouchWiz interface, but the company has warned that some of the applications will need to be reinstalled after the installation of this update.
The new firmware rolls out over-the-air, so it will take a few days until it will reach all users, but those who haven’t received the update already can go to their device’s Settings > About device > Software update menu and download the file.
The Galaxy A8 is a phablet with a plastic back (Pearl White, Midnight Black or Champagne Gold) and metal frame, it measures 158 x 76.8 x 5.9 mm and weights 151 grams. It has a large 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD screen with a Full HD resolution at 386ppi, which is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and above it you can see a 5Mp selfie camera that supports an aperture of f/1.9. On the back is located a 16MP camera with the same aperture, and some of the features include autofocus and LED flash. Under the hood, the device houses a decent Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chip with a quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU backed by an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. There is only one variant of internal memory and its capacity is 32GB, but it can be expanded up to 256GB. As for the battery, it’s non-removable and with an average capacity of 3050 mAh.