Every Phone That’s Getting Updated To Android Marshmallow

Every Phone That’s Getting Updated To Android Marshmallow

Android Marshmallow is arriving. Of course, some phones may still take months or years to get an update. We’ve collected all the information we can on which devices will get updates and when.

Below, you’ll find a non-comprehensive list of all the phones and tablets we can find that may be receiving an update to Android Marshmallow. Keep in mind that we don’t have any special insider information. We only know what the companies that make these devices announce. We’ll do our best to keep this list updated and check in when updates are due. However, some manufacturers may change their plans, or simply fail to acknowledge some phones entirely.

Many phones also come with variants that may delay updates. We’ll make note of carrier or regional variants wherever possible, but unless otherwise noted, assume any reference to a device refers to the generic, carrier-free version. If you bought your phone from a carrier (particularly a CDMA carrier), your phone may have a different update schedule.

If you see a phone that’s not on this list, that a manufacturer or carrier has confirmed an upgrade to Android Marshmallow for, let us know. We can’t keep up with every phone that doesn’t get mentioned, but we can always add new information that manufacturers or carriers do give us.


Android Marshmallow will begin rolling out to the following Nexus devices beginning on October 5th (today!):

  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 6
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 9
  • Nexus Player

If you want to skip the line and update manually, the OTA update will probably land at some point later today. You can also find the factory images for these devices here, but keep in mind, updating from a factory image will wipe your entire device.


Motorola has announced that the following devices will receive Android Marshmallow updates. You can also check the company’s software upgrade page here for any news on Motorola’s upgrade plans.

  • 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
  • 2015 Moto X Play
  • 2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia2 (2nd gen)
  • 2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE2 (2nd gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • 2014 Moto MAXX
  • 2014 Moto Turbo

Motorola has not detailed when these updates will be arriving, but has stated that users should look for news on timing “in the coming weeks.” Motorola has not yet mentioned any plans for carrier variants of the 2014 Moto X, the Moto E or its variants, the 2013 Moto X, or the 2013 Moto G.


HTC has announced plans for updating some of its old phones to Marshmallow, as well as a new Marshmallow device that will be revealed on October 20th. The following phones will receive Marshmallow:

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

HTC has specifically stated that carrier variants of a device may receive slower updates than off-contract phones. You can also check the company’s software update page for information on when a device will receive an update.

Devices We Think Will Receive Android Marshmallow

Not every manufacturer makes public announcements about their update plans. However, there are a few that are pretty safe bets. Most major flagships released in the last six months to a year are likely candidates. The following selection of phones have absolutely no guarantee to receive the update, but have better chances than most:

  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • LG G4
  • LG G3

We’ll update this list as we learn more.

Devices That Will Not Receive Android Marshmallow

Not all companies will confirm when an older device won’t be receiving an update. However, when we get explicit confirmation, we’ll add them to the list here. These are the devices that we know for certain will not be receiving an update to Android Marshmallow.

If your device isn’t going to receive Marshmallow officially, you can also try rooting your phone and installing a custom ROM. Sometimes, the community will pick up the slack and update an older phone that may not be eligible otherwise.

We’ll be updating this list regularly as we get new information. If you see a confirmed or promised update that’s not on this list, email us.

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