Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA update is getting rolled out to Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 devices.
After downloading and installing the firmware package, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ should show MMB29K.G928VVRU2BPC2 as the software version, while the Galaxy Note 5 should show MMB29K.N920VVRU2BPC2.
The update specific to Note 5 reportedly contains fixes to several issues faced by the phablet, such as internet connectivity problems, along with issues pertaining to loading websites.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is being sent out in phases and will take a couple of days to reach all handsets. Prior to downloading the update, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ users are advised to have a stable Wi-Fi connection and at least 50 percent battery life.
As far as features go, the Android 6.0 update brings in the very useful “Doze Mode.” This feature reduces the background activities by putting the device to deep sleep after a stipulated period of inaction, improving the stand-by battery life.
The Marshmallow update also comes with Google Now On Tap feature, which helps with contextual search based on the items displayed on the handset. To top it off, Google has improved app permissions and hence, users will be able to give or deny permissions to apps based on individual features.
The update also brings Verizon-specific feature like Wi-Fi calling, which lets users make phone calls via a Wi-Fi connection in the absence of a cellular network. The feature can be enabled by switching on the Advanced Calling option after installing the firmware. This can be done by navigating to Settings -> Advanced Calling -> Activate Advanced Calling.
Furthermore, the Android 6.0 update also bundles improvements to live broadcast over YouTube by allowing users to share live videos with anyone with a valid phone number. This can be accessed via Camera -> Mode -> Live broadcast.
There is also an “Edge” specific feature to provide "Rich Content" on the extended side panel of the Galaxy S6 Edge+. The content includes news, sports scores and stocks. The Edge display also allows users to access frequently used features faster with the help of “Task Edge.”