The official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is currently rolling out for AT&T’s variant of Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. The firmware with build number MMB29K.G890AUCU3CPE4 is 1441 MB and particularly compatible with S6 Active carrying the model number SM-G890A, according to official AT&T product page.
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, according to GSM Arena, hit the shelves in June 2015. It arrived on the market with pre-installed Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and became upgradable to version 5.1.1 of the Lollipop OS. Right now, owners of AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 Active units can opt to upgrade their smartphone’s firmware to the latest Android Marshmallow OS.
The Marshmallow version of Google’s mobile operating system offers new features to Android users, further enhancing their smartphone experience. According to the official Android website, some of the new functions highlighted in the Marshmallow OS update are battery-saving Doze and App Standby, a smarter virtual assistance service Now on Tap and a support for a more secure and more efficient wireless payment service, Android Pay.
Below is a review of the Android Marshmallow OS, created by the Verge and posted on the publication’s official YouTube channel.
The most recent update released for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 Active does not only affect the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS, but it also brings in the Wi-Fi Calling feature to the smartphone, AT&T’s official website further explained.
“Use Wi-Fi Calling to talk and text over an active Wi-Fi connection. Wi-Fi Calling lets you talk and text from indoor locations where it’s hard even for a strong cellular signal to reach. Wi-Fi Calling can be used in the Domestic Coverage Area (U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands) and from most international countries.”
AT&T Galaxy S6 Active users interested in having Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow can update their handset via Firmware Over the Air process. Prior to the actual update process, users need to make sure they have a stable Wi-Fi connection and enough phone memory. Moreover, the battery level should be at least 80 percent for the firmware download and installation to commence.
Since upgrading through FOTA is an official update method, the process is not expected to make any negative impacts to the phone’s setting and memory. But to better ensure safety, the post on the AT&T support page is still recommending users to make a backup of the important data and settings saved on the smartphone just in case something undesirable happens.
To begin the Android 6.0.1 update process, head to the smartphone’s Settings Menu. Go to System and then select About Device. Tap Software Updates and then choose Check for Updates. A notification should then appear telling if there’s an available firmware update for the device. S6 Active users simply need to follow the on-screen prompts to download and install the necessary update files. The smartphone will restart once the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow firmware is successfully installed, the AT&T support page noted.
Essentially, Samsung’s Active variant is the rugged, extra-durable version of the main flagship model, perfect for sports, adventures, and outdoor use. Aside from its IP68 certification which proves that the smartphone is dust and water-resistant up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes, AT&T Samsung Galaxy S6 Active model is also MIL-STD-810G certified. This means that the phone is “salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant,” its fulls specs page on GSM Arena explained.
As for S6 Active’s specs, the smartphone features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440p x 2560p screen resolution and 576 ppi pixel density. The display screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. When it comes to the camera, the primary shooter has 16 MP lens while the selfie, whereas the front-facing camera is equipped with a 5 MP lens sensor.
Under the hood, owners will find an Exynos 7420 Octa processor paired with 3 GB of RAM. There are two options available when factoring in the handset’s native storage capacity, a 32 GB unit or the 64 GB variant. Unfortunately, memory expansion is not possible for the phone, as it does not have an SD card slot.
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