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It’s been almost a year since Android 6.0 (nicknamed Marshmallow) was released, but not all Android device owners received the update right away. Those who owned the latest devices got Marshmallow a few weeks after it was released; those who owned older smartphones, however, had to wait for months. Two of those models are the Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7, which just got their Marshmallow update a couple of months ago.

First Generation Units

It’s important to note that the Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 have two generations. The first-gen Galaxy A5 was released on December 2014, while the first-gen Galaxy A7 was released on February 2015. Both models were launched with Android 4.4.4 (aka KitKat), and they were both upgradable to version 5.0.2 (nicknamed Lollipop).

Because of their age and their status as mid-range phones, the first-gen Galaxy A5 and A7 were not Samsung’s priority for the Marshmallow update, and they had to wait until the flagship phones and newer devices received the update. Fortunately, first-generation Galaxy A7 handsets received Android 6.0.1 in June; the rollout started in Russia, although it was expected to reach other places in the following months.



First-generation Galaxy A5 handsets, meanwhile, received the Marshmallow update in the last week of July. The update, which had the build number A500FUXXU1CPG2, was for the SM-A500FU model and brought about new features that are associated with Marshmallow as well as the latest security patch. The update started in Europe and South Africa and will spread to other regions in the following weeks.

2016 Handsets

As mentioned above, the Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 have second-generation models. Both of these were released in December 2015 and were pre-installed with Android 5.1.1 (aka Lollipop). The second-gen Galaxy A5 received the Android Marshmallow update on June, starting with handsets in Turkey and Serbia. The second-gen Galaxy A7, meanwhile, received the update on July 21, although the update was only available in India at the time. It’s expected that the Marshmallow update for both the A5 and the A7 will be rolled out to other regions in the coming weeks.

Getting the Update

If you own either the Samsung Galaxy A5 or A7, you will receive an OTA notification informing you of the availability of the Android 6.0.1 for your device. If you can’t wait to receive the update through OTA, you can manually check if it’s already available for your smartphone by going to Settings >> About Device >> Download Updates Manually. Before you make the download, see to it that you have enough storage left to store the update and that you have a strong and stable internet connection (preferably Wi-Fi). You should also check that your device has at least 50 percent battery life to ensure that it won’t shut down in the middle of the download and installation process.

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