Another year, another version of Android. Google has introduced its latest mobile operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and it’s just started rolling out to phones and tablets.
As ever, the update landscape is a little higgledy-piggledy. There are loads of flagship Android smartphones on the market, but you’d be mistaken if you thought they’d all receive Marshmallow at the same time, or even before the end of the year.
Here’s our short breakdown of when you can expect your handset to be bumped up to Android 6.0.
Seeing as Google’s behind both Android and the Nexus range, it comes as no surprise that its own smartphones and tablets are being tapped with the Marshmallow wand (flump?) before all others.
The brand new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will, of course, ship with Android 6.0 pre-installed, though Google’s yet to provide an official release date. Owners of the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 9 will be given the option to update from 5 October onwards, though we expect the rollout to be staggered over a number of weeks.
Unfortunately, Google’s decided against dragging the entire family into the future. The Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and 2012 version of the Nexus 7 are being left in the dust.
HTC is one of few third-party manufacturers to have provided a definitive list of handsets that will be upgraded to Marshmallow. It assures us that the rollout will begin before the end of the year – we’re guessing late December – with the HTC One M9 and One M8 set to suck it up first.
Next in line will be the not-so-premium One M9+, E9, E9+, ME, E8, M8 EYE, Desire 816, 820, and 826, and Butterfly 3, which will presumably all be bumped up in early 2016.
Motorola, still riding high after the unveiling of its excellent new trio of handsets, has also been quick to reveal the smartphones that’ll get Android 6.0.
Taking into account the global Moto range, these include the fresh Moto X Style, Moto X Play and third-generation Moto G, as well as its predecessor, the Moto X (2014), Moto Turbo, Moto Maxx, Droid Turbo and Droid Maxx. However, we’ve not yet got any dates to look add to our calendar.
We’re not exactly holding our breath here. Samsung hasn’t yet confirmed which phones will receive the Marshmallow treatment, but it usually takes the South Korean firm a little while to get up to speed, as it also needs to tweak its own TouchWiz UI.
Though LG is behind the Nexus 5 and Nexus 5X, it looks like the company is still a little way off bringing in support for Marshmallow. The LG G4 and LG G3 are highly likely to be upgraded, but it speaks volumes that the company's upcoming high-end V10 smartphone will ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Many would expect the Chinese manufacturer to get a leg-up from Google, seeing as it’s behind the Nexus 6P, but we’d advise you to be patient. After all, the Ascend P7 is still stuck on Android KitKat. Still, Huawei’s confirmed the flagship P8 will definitely get its teeth stuck into Marshmallow, though we’ve not been given a timescale.
Sony’s had a rough ride of late, but that hasn't prevented it from revealing the Marshmallow-hungry models in its ranks. Brace yourself - it's a lengthy list.
The Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium and Z5 Compact, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact will all definitely be bumped up to Android 6.0, as will the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet, Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4.
There's no word yet on when the rollout will begin, but we'll update this piece once we have more news.