OnePlus Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update Details Emerge

OnePlus Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update Details Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Over the past two years the company OnePlus has released two excellent smartphones that surprised many who’d typically get a Samsung Galaxy S6, or something from Motorola. Those being the original OnePlus One, and the new OnePlus 2 released earlier this year. They’re both still very popular, and today we finally received good news regarding the OnePlus Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.

The new OnePlus 2 was released earlier this year back in August, but had a few problems with pre-orders, inventory running low and more, making the impressive $389 flagship smartphone hard to come by. Now though, millions of owners are enjoying it, but are waiting for an update to the latest version of Android.

Read: OnePlus 2 Hands-on & First Impressions

The flagship OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch smartphone and tons of top-tier specs across the board, including an excellent camera and fingerprint scanner, all of which will benefit from the incoming software update. Those with the original, and the new OnePlus 2, will want to read on for more details.


Originally many were expecting the OnePlus Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to arrive in 2015, considering the phone runs nearly stock Android, without a huge skin or overlay like a Samsung or HTC smartphone. However, the phone ships with the popular CyanogenMod OS, or OnePlus’ own “OxygenOS” which isn’t getting an update as fast as we all hoped.

Today we learned that the original OnePlus will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow first, as it’s the older device, then the new OnePlus 2 should get it next, both sometime in Q1 of 2016. Meaning it could arrive in January, or sometime before March comes to a close. No exact release date was given. This is good news in a sense, but also not to best news, considering the update could still be four months away.


Announced over at the OnePlus forum by Carl Pei, confirming the OnePlus will receive Android 6.0 via Cyanogen OS in the first quarter of 2016. There’s a community build of the Oxygen OS floating around with Android 6.0, but that isn’t the software the phone comes with, so it won’t be released.

Then more importantly, the newer OnePlus 2 will also see an update to Google’s latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow sometime in Q1 of 2016. But again, no exact date was given. On the bright side, OnePlus confirmed the update for the OnePlus 2 will switch the software to Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s stock API for the fingerprint scanner. Meaning the OnePlus 2 fingerprint sensor should be much improved after the update arrives next year.

Read: Android 6.0 vs Android 5.1 Lollipop: What’s New in Marshmallow

The update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings a slew of new features, changes, and small tweaks. And while most of them are detailed above, there will also likely be some bug fixes and improvements specifically for each phone.

Users can expect improved performance, better battery life with Android 6.0 Marshmallow thanks to the “Doze” feature. Google Now on Tap, improved volume and permission controls, a better fingerprint scanner and more. Just to name a few.


CyanogenMod has been working hard on the latest release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but ever since going from a community fan-made custom ROM to an actually company, has caused development to slow down a bit. That being said, the update should arrive for both phones sometime in early 2016. Hopefully before the end of January.

In closing, OnePlus did add the new smaller OnePlus X to the Marshmallow update image, but didn’t have any exact details regarding when it’s latest phone would see an update. All we have for now is they are “working hard to bring Marshmallow as soon as possible” to those who’ve purchased the new OnePlus X.

OnePlus Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update Details Emerge is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

German antitrust office investigating Amazon and Apple audiobook agreement

After complaints from booksellers, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is investigating the relationship between the Amazon-owned audiobook service Audible and Apple. The office will examine whether Audible’s agreement to supply Apple with audiobooks — along with the companies’ market dominance — is constricting the opportunities for smaller audiobook publishers.

“Both companies hold a strong position in the market for digital audiobooks in Germany,” says Federal Cartel Office president Andreas Mundt in a statement. “We therefore see ourselves obliged to examine more closely the agreement between these two competitors. The audiobook publishers need to have sufficient alternative channels for the sale of their digital audiobooks.”


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One T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 user somehow got Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and system dumps are already leaking

We weren’t sure what to make of a report that one lucky T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 user on XDA received Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The device apparently lost baseband and IMEI information which rendered it useless on a cellular network, a fact that some pointed to in determining that this seemingly lucky instance was a mere ROM flash gone wrong.

But destined to prove that he did, in fact, receive the update over-the-air, the user is working with XDA members to deliver full system and partition dumps. This file means little right now for someone who’s just looking to flash their way to Marshmallow, but getting a system dump allows developers to begin work on “Frankensteining” a ROM that can safely be flashed.

While we await further information about the system dump and what it could help the developers achieve, here are some screenshots of the changes Samsung has reportedly made to the latest Marshmallow-based TouchWiz build. Some early things we can see include a flashier reboot menu, a very white notification pane, and the implementation of Android 6.0’s new permissions control in the camera app.

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There are bound to be other subtle changes sprinkled throughout, but without a full look at the firmware we won’t know what’s what until more information is available.

So, what now? For those who are rooted and don’t mind flashing ROMs, someone is sure to be working on a ROM out of this. All you can do right now is keep an eye on this XDA thread where discussions about the leak are ongoing. Those who aren’t willing to flash can either hope to be as lucky as this guy was, or simply wait until an offcial rollout happens (which hopefully won’t take long now that T-Mobile seems to have test builds in-hand).