Will new Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) impress fans?
Will new Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) impress fans?Samsung Mobile Press

After releasing the Marshmallow to Galaxy A5 (2016) in June, Samsung has commenced rolling out the new Android 6.0 mobile OS update to its predecessor in the select markets. 

This is an unprecedented (and a welcome) move by Samsung, which is notorious for step-motherly treatment to budget phones. The Galaxy A5 (2015) was globally launched in India in January 2015 and came with Android 4.4 KitKat. It was upgraded to 5.0.1 Lollipop later that year. Many believed it to be the last major update for the first generation Galaxy A5. Now, Samsung has surprised fans by the rolling out the Android Marshmallow to it.

This apparently shows that Samsung, world's number one smartphone brand, is finally getting serious about building loyalty among its price-conscious patrons, who in future might upgrade to flagship phones of Samsung.

We believe the Suwon-based company will show the same interest on 2016-based A5 and other A series devices by releasing Android 7.0 Nougat in future.

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The new Android Marshmallow brings the Doze battery optimisation feature, improved "Now on Tap" search option, support for more international dialects, silent mode to the sound profile, a do-not-disturb option, performance-enhancing optimisations, enhanced boot security system, and many more.

Also read: Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow: 7 key features you need to know

In addition to the Marshmallow features, Galaxy A5  also get enhanced TouchWiz UI features and also the Google's latest security updates.

As of now, the new update for the Galaxy A5 (2015), has been made available in select regions of Europe and Africa, reported SamMobile.

Also read: Samsung Android Nougat release schedule: When will Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy A7 (2016) series get Android 7.0 update?

How to update the software on Samsun phone via OTA (Over-The-Air)?

  • Make sure the device is sufficiently charged and connected to Wi-Fi.
  • From the device home screen, pull down the notification shade and tap Settings.
  • Under the System category, tap About device.
  • Tap Software update > Check for updates.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to download and install the update.
  • The device automatically restarts once the new software successfully installs.

Since the OTA process is carried out in stages, it may take a few weeks to reach all corners of the world.