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When is your phone getting Android Marshmallow? Here's what we know so far

Derek Walter | Oct. 7, 2015
Whether you have a Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, or Nexus, we run down all the latest news and rumors about when Marshmallow is coming your way.

Motorola

First, the bad news: as we learned recently the 2015 Moto E (yes, 2015) won’t get Marshmallow. Nor will the 2014 AT&T and Verizon editions of the Moto X. On the plus side, here are the devices Motorola confirmed will get Lollipop. 

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition
  • 2015 Moto G
  • 2014 Moto X 
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo
  • Nexus 6

Despite lofty promises, Motorola has been rather hit-and-miss. The Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G should get Marshmallow rather quickly, perhaps in a few weeks (hey, that’s quick in Android World). Motorola is dropping a lot of its custom software, so that could help speed things along.

Since the Nexus 6 is an older device it may take longer, though you’ll get it faster than if you bought it through a carrier. The DROID-branded phones might take months, because they have to go through Verizon’s typically slow update process.

LG

We know the least about LG’s update plans, as the company hasn’t really put anything out there. So we think the following are a safe bet, and will update as we get more information:

  • LG G4
  • LG G3
  • LG V10

The G4 and V10 should see Marshmallow first, given that they’re among the company’s newest phones. Just as with Samsung a lot of these devices are sold through the carriers, so if you see Marshmallow before the end of the year consider yourself lucky.

Sony

Sony makes a lot of different models of phones and tablets. Fortunately, the company just pushed out a list of 14 different models that are on the Marshmallow update track:

  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z3+
  • Xperia Z3
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Xperia Z2
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Xperia M5
  • Xperia C5 Ultra
  • Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Xperia C4

If past updates are any indication, a handful of these devices will get updated in the first couple months, but the rest could take awhile. And of course, it’s not just in Sony’s hands - you’ll have to wait for your carrier’s build to be created and tested.

HTC

HTC is actually rather transparent about its updates, as the company recently tweeted its own list of devices that will get Marshmallow.

  • One M9 (coming end of 2015)
  • One M8 (coming end of 2015)
  • One M9+
  • One E9+
  • One ME
  • One E8
  • One M8 EYE
  • Butterfly 3
  • Desire 826
  • Desire 820
  • Desire 816

From the list, it’s clear the One M9 and M8 are getting top priority, with a promise to get Marshmallow by the end of this year. So the other devices may have to wait until 2016. A lot of these phones are carrier-branded also, so that could hold things up even further.

Also, you should also follow HTC’s Mo Versi, who regularly tweets about when the company’s phones are getting updates. 

 

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