Which phones are getting Android Marshmallow 6.0

Manny Pham
October 5, 2015

Today is the day that many were waiting for, the release of Marshallow 6.0. But which phones will be getting the latest update?  

Sadly not all phones will be getting an improved UI, better battery life and overall better experience. The list compiled is a comprehensive one with phones that the manufacturer themselves have announced will be getting the update. But it’s not set in stone as the listed phones could be taken off the agenda completely if it becomes more apparent that there isn’t a need for it. Certain models would take longer to receive Marshmallow, particularly older models.


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

With Nexus devices, it’s common for someone to find and upload the OTA .zip online. Be sure to check out our guide on how to skip the line and update manually if that happens.


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

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.

For more on Android, visit What Mobile’s dedicated Android page.

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