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Sprint's HTC Desire 626s Gets Marshmallow OTA Update

The Desire 626s is a midrange device that HTC announced about a year ago and released a month later in the US. By today's standards, it's even quite low-end with its Snapdragon 210, 1.5GB of RAM, 5" 720p display, and 8MP/2MP camera setup. But it's still a capable device and a popular one at that thanks to an affordable price and the decent build quality that HTC is known for.

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[Update: 5.5" ZE550KL Too Now] 5" ZenFone 2 Laser ZE500KL Gets Android Marshmallow Update, Loses A Bunch Of Pre-Loaded Apps

The ZenFone 2 was one of the best budget phones to launch last summer, and the Laser variant (named after a laser auto-focus module) was a good follow-up. Now the latter (ZE500KL model) is getting its Android 6.0 update, WW_13.10.6.16_M3.6.44.

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Gets Marshmallow OTA Update

Samsung owners who are on Verizon are lucky this week. Yesterday, the operator started pushing Marshmallow in an OTA update to the Galaxy S5 and today it's ready to roll out the same Android 6.0 to the Galaxy Tab S2.

The software version number is MMB29K.T817VVRU2BPE1 and it brings all of Marshmallow's goodies to the Tab S2, including Doze mode for longer battery life, per-app permissions for more control over your apps, and Google Now on Tap for... whatever you find Now on Tap is useful for. There are many more Android 6.0 features to enjoy too, as we've previously detailed.

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Yes, Please: Google Allegedly Tracks Stats For Manufacturers' OS Update Speeds, May Publish Them

According to a Bloomberg article published this morning, Google has been actively tracking the time it takes Android device manufacturers to update their handsets to a new version of the Android OS. Better yet? There are supposedly discussions happening inside Google as to whether or not to make the stats public, as a sort of "name and shame" directive to encourage manufacturers and carriers alike to update their handsets more quickly. To which I respond: oh god yes please, do this, Google.

The report also mentions a few other tidbits that are interesting, and we'll get to those, but let's focus on what I will now call The Android Update Wall Of Shame, which should very much be what it is called if Google does, in fact, publish it.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S5 Receives Android Marshmallow OTA Update

The latest version of Android is currently making the rounds. People with Samsung's two-year-old flagship are waiting, and they won't be left out. Carriers are gradually pushing Marshmallow to that device.

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AT&T Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Finally Get Marshmallow

Owners of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on America's #2 carrier are in for a new sweet treat. It would appear that AT&T has begun rolling out a Marshmallow update for both devices. In addition to the host of goodies provided by Google and Samsung, there are also some welcome omissions from the Death Star in terms of bloatware. The update removes Keeper, Facebook Messenger, and AT&T Live, and moves AT&T Mail and YP Mobile from the permanent install to "virtual" preload, meaning you should now be able to uninstall the apps if you so desire.

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Verizon Is Rolling Out An OTA To The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Tomorrow, May 6

If you're an owner of a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge on Verizon, you'll want to check for an update tomorrow. According to the carrier, an OTA is on the way and there looks to be more than just bug fixes and security patches. According to the support documents, here's a list of what we can expect:

  • Security patches, though we aren't sure if it'll be May's or one from a previous month, but since the phones are currently on February's security update, anything will be a welcome addition.
  • A pop-up reminder to close your SIM/SD card tray if you left it open.
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T-Mobile Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge Get Update That Should Fix Misbehaving Power And Volume Buttons

Samsung may produce the top-selling Android flagships, but that doesn't mean buyers don't encounter a few bugs.

Some Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones apparently suffer from malfunctioning volume down and power buttons. You press either one, whether to reduce noise or wake your device from sleep, and nothing happens. In either case, it's quite a big deal. You're either stuck with a blank screen or notifications coming in loudly as you're trying to silence your phone.

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AT&T's Galaxy S6 Is Next To Receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA Update

Sprint's Galaxy S6 got Marshmallow in March. Verizon's did the same at the start of this month. Over a week later, T-Mobile had followed suit. But what about AT&T?

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Verizon Is Finally Ready To Deliver The Droid Turbo 2's Marshmallow Update

Sometimes you have to wait a long time to get the announcement that the latest version of Android is coming to a device that you own. That period of time can be agonizing, especially when you have your eyes set on a particular feature.

The experience is only made worse when the announcement doesn't bring an update any closer.

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