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Many people who own the Samsung Galaxy J5 or Galaxy J7 are wondering if their device would ever receive Android 6.0 aka Marshmallow. Well, the good news is that these smartphone models have already been approved for Marshmallow, and some units have already received the update in the past couple of months. The Galaxy J5 and J7 also had two new versions that came out this year, and they came pre-insalled with Android 6.0.

2015 Models Are Receiving Marshmallow

The Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 2015 models were released with Android Lollipop in many countries, although those that were sold in the U.S. and South Korea came with Android Marshmallow pre-installed. The handsets started to receive Android Marshmallow in June.

The Marshmallow update for the Galaxy J5 started in India (with the build number J500FXXU1BPF4) and slowly became available in other regions. According to its changelog, the update for the J5 brings about a “new vibration pattern concept”, advanced power saving mode, and an upgraded TouchWiz — all on top of Marshmallow’s default features.



The Samsung Galaxy J7 Marshmallow update, meanwhile, rolled out first in Russia and spread to other countries in the following weeks and months. It has brought about the new features that Marshmallow promised, such as Doze Mode, updated app permissions, Google Now on Tap, and App Standby.

The Marshmallow update for these two phones are available through over-the-air (OTA) connection. You can also check for its availability by going to your device’s Settings, choosing “About Device”, and tapping on “Download Updates Manually”. It’s important to note that the release of Android updates to individual handsets depends not only on the manufacturer but also on the carrier. So, even if Samsung has already rolled out the Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7, it might still take some time before your carrier would release it to your area.

2016 Models Come Pre-Installed with Marshmallow

If you can’t wait for the Marshmallow update to come to your device, and if you’re due for a phone upgrade anyway, you might want to look into buying the 2016 version of the Samsung Galaxy J5 or J7. They both come pre-installed with Android 6.0.1, and there’s a possibility that they will be eligible to get the upcoming Android 7.0 aka Nougat (although you may have to wait for months to receive it).

Both models were released on April 2016, with the Galaxy J5 available in Europe, Latin America, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Hongkong, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, and the Galaxy J7 available in Pakistan, Vietnam, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. The two models both have 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a 13MP front camera. They differ in size (the J5 has a 5.2-inch screen while the J7 has a bigger 5.5-inch screen) and in processor (the J5 has a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset while the J7 is built with a Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 chipset). Both models’ memory can be expanded up to 256GB through their microSD card slot.

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