Finally the Android 6.0.1 official Marshmallow update for the first generation Galaxy A8 Duos is now available in India. Users who have devices running Android 5.1 Lollipop can now enjoy the cool Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow features. Samsung released Galaxy A8 in August 2015 with Android 5.1 Lollipop, so the company spent over a year bringing it to Marshmallow.
If you are using the Galaxy A8 (2015), you would already know that the update is only available for the dual-SIM version. Both Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos and the single-SIM model were rolled out in India at the same time last year and also run a similar version of the OS.
Besides a handful of new features and enhancements included in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the upgrade also offers the September security patch, which is packed with a variety of patches for both the OS and hardware in order to improve stability and security as well. The cool thing is that the upgrade also comes with a battery-saving mode called Doze. This mode is able to make your Galaxy A8 live a little longer. In addition, it brings other new features such as Google now On Tap, Quick Launch Camera, granular app permissions, new emoji set, native support for fingerprint recognition and a lot more.
It should be noted that the update weighs at a significant 890MB. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that your Galaxy A8 Duos is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network, unless you face mobile data charges. Moreover, due to the duration of the process and the demand for resources, you should make sure that your phone is at least 50% charged. You can also connect a power supply to it while downloading and installing the update.
The update should be rolling out to the unlocked models of the Galaxy A8 Duos. If it doesn’t show up on your phone, don’t stress out yet. You can look for the update by simply going to the phone’s Settings > About device > Software update.
Marshmallow isn’t the last version of the OS released by Google, so Android users can still expect another version with a number of new features that can make Android more powerful and more secure.
As far as we can see that, despite the fact that Samsung is the largest smartphone maker in the world, it is not one of the companies that rolls out Android OS updates swiftly. Plus, the company is among the last to offer major OS upgrades especially for mid-range phones. This means that, users using mid-range phones are usually getting updates very late. However, with the coming launch of many flagships, Samsung does not still forget to roll out the latest OS updates to the older smartphones.
To whom it may concern, the Galaxy A8 Duos is equipped with a 5.7-inch display, Super AMOLED 1080p screen shielded by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. It comes with the two variants named Exynos 5430 and Snapdragon 615. Both are available in 32 MB storage capacity and offer 2 GB RAM, quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A53 GPU and battery capacity of 3050 mAh. In particular, 16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, 4G LTE support, and fingerprint scanner are also included in the phone.