Samsung begins rolling out Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Marshmallow update, but not yet in Canada

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  • LeTricolore

    Let’s hope this rollout goes a little better than their last one. I’m okay with waiting the extra time to make sure they do it right.

    • Do Do

      With samsung, you can be sure you’ll wait and it will be buggy. At least that’s been my experience.

  • gommer strike

    Putting out news like this is analogous to VancityBuzz saying “McDonald’s now rolling out breakfast all day to all locations….”

    ….in the US. It’s like an article just there for the sake of being there. It would be actually more relevant if you guys wrangled a firm date from Samsung as to when the Canadian release would be.

    • Do Do

      It’s called copy and paste journalism, it’s the new rage. Simply put, anyone can be a journalist these days and as this site has proven on several occasions, proof reading isn’t important either.

  • ToniCipriani

    Willing to bet it’s Red, Blue and Green holding things up. Again.

    • Dave Grant

      Yep, virgin mobile just released the last update(5.1.1) for my s6 in Jan, so I’m guessing this will be a LOOONG while, if it ever comes.

    • David Fulde

      To be fair – a few carriers were saying they were having issues with 5.1.1. – that said it’s still ridiculous.

  • Victor Creed

    It’ll be April/May in Canada as per norm.

    MobileSyrup “Canadian Mobile News” lol.

    • Jonah Emery

      Usually March

    • thereasoner

      March 3rd last year.

  • canucks4life

    Better late than never I suppose…

  • Tim Hunt

    So I’m guessing an update for my S5 is slated for never?

    • thereasoner

      Samsung announced Android 6 for the newest Galaxy devices in February and the previous generation, including your S5, for March.

      The S5 on Bell got Android 5 March 3rd last year so I would expect some time in April for you depending on how long your carrier fiddles with it.

  • neo905

    Hmmmm…Guess I will cross the S7 of my list.

    • It’s Me

      Why?

    • Victor Creed

      Maybe the severe lag Samsung has in updating its devices? That’s my guess.

    • It’s Me

      That’s what I figured but realistically, that doesn’t excludes just a single model. Other than Nexus device, it pretty much rules out almost everyone.

    • LeTricolore

      And realistically, these updates don’t change much these days. The difference between Lollipop and Marshmallow is pretty minimal.

    • David Fulde

      Moto is pretty good (Was) LG isn;t TOO bad IIRC

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      Even worst for LG, which has a terrible record in updating.

    • neo905

      Whatever phone I get next. I want timely updates. Even if it isn’t right away like a Nexus. Samsung seems to take waaaaay too long.

    • Do Do

      Biggest problem with Samsung is they don’t care what you want. They’re living more and more in their own bubble. Bigger problem is their only real competition is the Iphone and they’re worse as far as living in a bubble goes.

    • It’s Me

      So then, not just the S7 but all Samsung are off your list. But outside of Nexus, what other Android brand consistently provides timely updates to Canadians?

    • thereasoner

      The next best is Motorola and their near skinless devices. After that there is HTC and their 90 day update pledge as far as I’m aware. There has been the odd Android device updated really fast on occasion presumably because the OEM used a developer build of a new OS version instead of waiting for the final build released with the Nexus phones but that is not consistantly and who knows how buggy it might be.

    • neo905

      HTC. I have had the M7 and M9 and other than a delay from Telus the updates are timely. My M7 is still going strong. The camera sucks as well as battery life. The M9 camera is better but sucks compared to other 2015 phones. All 2015 phones suck battery wise. My next phone needs a great camera, great battery life and timely updates. One day HTC will get it right. If not, I am leaning toward the 2016 Nexus.

    • thereasoner

      Then it’s Nexus or iPhone for you for immediate updates or Motorola for timely updates. After that the best you’re going to do is HTC and their 90 day update pledge unless you are willing to consider a Windows phone.

    • neo905

      People crap on HTC but they update their phones relatively quickly unless you are on slow poke Telus.

      I am not ever going to pay $1,000 to $1,500 for a cell phone. So iPhone isn’t even a possibility. I like Moto software but they just look cheap and they don’t even offer the one I would be interested in in Canada.

      I am done with the 810 chip so last Nexus is out. LG software sucks so will wait for the HTC M10 or the new Nexus’ in the fall.

    • thereasoner

      Well I’m about to find out about Telus myself as a fairly new customer. I on a corporate account however and I unlocked my GS6 soon after I bought it but I don’t think that either will make a difference in update speed.

    • neo905

      I am on a corporate plan as well. They don’t have the selection of phones that Bell or Rogers have. They actually aren’t even selling HTC phones right now. I find them the lesser of the 3 evils. My wife has a Rogers corporate plan. They seem to update faster. I will give them that. I really want to give Sammy a chance but they always seem to screw up in some way. Anyway. We’ll see. I have the after one year upgrade so I can get something in April.

    • thereasoner

      Rogers corporate customers get updates faster than their regular customers? That would be great if Telus did the same!

    • neo905

      They don’t. I meant Rogers in general are faster than Telus with updates.

  • sky417

    Based on the experience with 5.1.1 on my Bell S6, I’m expecting the update around September.

    • thereasoner

      Actually Bell provided Android 5 to the Galaxy S5 on March 3 last year so it should be about the same for this year for Android 6.

  • Techguru86

    Samsung is probably as bad as Lg for software updates in Canada, Priv will probably get Marshmallow before the Galaxy phones in Canada, even the Moto X play has 6.0 already

    • Nundo

      Actually, LG has been pretty good with updates since the LG G3. Motorola has been good as well. I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with Samsung. My note 5 received only one update since I purchased it in September..

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      Do not forget that Google still owns the mobile site of the old Motorola so that can explain why they got the update already.

  • Steve

    Why must you tease us Mobilesyrup..we wont likely get this update in Canada for months as usual…find some real news!!

    • thereasoner

      Android 5 rolled out to the Bell Galaxy S5 on March 3rd last year so I would expect similar timing for this year for Android 6.

  • Tyler Liu

    I guess I should go back to HTC if I want updates in any kind of timely fashion! This is pretty sad from one of the biggest phone makers.

    • thereasoner

      Motorola or Nexus are your best bet for immediate or timely updates although HTC does try and honor a 90 day update policy which is not bad.

      In Samsungs case, they just have so many versions of devices to work on for updates and because they’re the biggest Android OEM by far there is little incentive for them to throw more resources at it and improve.

  • The current press release does not signify if this release is for carriers or consumers, but we can likely assume that the carriers will control the release. If so (which is most likely), it could be some time before we see anything on the consumer end.

  • Khizar Ahmed

    Does this apply to Unlocked S6 G920-F in Canada?

  • As usual, Samsung is late to the update party! One of the few downsides to going with their smartphone lineups.

  • GPman

    Why do the updated have to be distributed through carriers. Why can’t it be done through the phone maker. Why not for all via Kies?

    I just love the easy quick Nexus updates.

    • Brad Fortin

      Carriers have to make sure all their unremovable software is compatible.

    • GPman

      Oh. I guess still being a Nexus 4 user I didn’t realize they did that. I just thought the phone makers did it. Good to know.

  • Personally, ever since Google solved the update issue by relying on Google Play Services to provide software updates, these OS updates haven’t been a big deal. I actually prefer updating individual apps as they are ready instead of relying on a massive OS patch just to update my mail client.

  • Sean-Paul

    Did they fix the ram management issue? God I hope they did. It was a pain on the Note 5

    • thereasoner

      Why not manage it manually with Samsungs Smart Manager app? I always clear my Ram before doing something that pushes the phone hard and it takes like 2 seconds to do.

  • Troclon

    It’s a big part the fault of phone companies. Besides locking your property, they kind of “decide” on updates. That’s why I don’t buy from them. They’re a mafia.

  • Jordan

    Everyone needs to stop saying better late than never.. It needs to be done asap. Not 6 months later.

  • Jordan

    And what is this about mobilesyrup blocking people using vpns.. I just tried to post with my vpn service on and was blocked.. Isn’t this supposed to be a pro tech website..?? Lol

  • freneticjester

    For Bell Users: I’m betting on Bell not releasing the new update until likely inbetween Sept and Dec . This is how Bell is with updates. Bell is always the last at the table when it comes to updates. Bells service is great, minus the delays with updates. Bell is the last carrier in North America to receive the updates… I will be switching carriers if I’m either right or it’s longer. Ahhh screw it… I’ll switch carriers if I don’t receive the update within 2 months.