Samsung started beta testing their new Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmwares just few weeks back in their home country, Korea. The test phase required users to sign up for a Samsung account — if they didn’t have one already — and complete the registration for the beta program. Once done, Samsung will then push their latest Marshmallow test firmware to the device. Now that they have received some type of confidence from the users in Korea, the brand is moving forth with it’s beta phase and bringing it to more countries. For a start, United Kingdom has been added to the list. Users running BTU (UK) firmware can now sign up for the beta program and test out the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta firmware.
The beta firmware shows loads of changes and somewhat also justifies the delay from Samsung’s part. Almost everything has been changed and updated. The core is now much more faster and smoother. It’s starting to look on par with AOSP and even more versatile mobile platforms like iOS in terms of performance. Even though, stock Marshmallow doesn’t offer any major changes in the UX department but Samsung’s own TouchWiz has been heavily modified. The new icons are now uniform and flatter. Coming to functionality, Google Now on tap has been integrated along with other 6.0 Marshmallow goodies. To find out more about the new additions, we have included a feature list right below.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow Beta for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge:
The new Android 6.0 Marshmallow Beta firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge brings the following new features.
- Google Now On Tap
- Advanced App Permissions
- New icon overlay
- RAW format support for camera app
- Camera app now supports manual settings
- Fast charging can be enabled or disabled by the user
- Notification panel blends in with the app color
We need to keep in mind this is still a beta firmware classed by Samsung which means we can still expect some changes and improvements in the last release. The feedback from beta testers is mostly positive signalling Samsung to release it for the masses. We will be publishing the final Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge as soon as they reach final release status.