Samsung launches 2016 series mid-range Galaxy A7, A5, A3; specs, availability
Samsung launches 2016 series mid-range Galaxy A7, A5, A3; specs, availabilitySamsung Mobile Press

Some devices from Samsung have been enjoying the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system for almost nine months now but the company is yet to release the firmware to several of its popular devices, including the Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy A8 (2016), Galaxy J3 (2016), Galaxy J5 (2016), Galaxy J7 (2016), Galaxy Alpha, and Galaxy Tab S2.

Months have passed since major smartphone makers like Motorola, LG and HTC have seeded the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to their budget smartphones. So, owners of Samsung smartphones could be upset with the delay. The wait can be even more painful now that Google has already announced its new OS Android N, which is scheduled for release by the end of this summer.

With the South Korean electronics giant neither revealing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update schedule for it devices nor announcing the list of eligible handsets, owners of budget and high-end smartphones are unsure if their devices will ever get the firmware update.

It has been reported that Samsung will update the Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S2, and 2016 version of including the Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, Galaxy A8, Galaxy J3, Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. The Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J7 (2016) for the United States and a few regions in South Korea run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but those released in China still run Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Giving a glimpse of hope to Samsung smartphone owners, the firmware has already been released to the Galaxy A9 and Galaxy J5 (2015). It is also reported that the Galaxy A8 (2016) has received Wi-Fi certification, which can be taken as a hint that Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update could be released soon.

SamMobile has reported, citing insiders, that the newly announced Android N will come to Samsung devices like the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, and Galaxy Note 5 in the fourth quarter of this year. So, the company is very likely to release Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to all the eligible devices before the latest operating system is rolled out to its flagship handsets.