According to Canadian carrier Rogers, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge should get their Android 5.1 Lollipop update as early as next month. The carrier’s official website mentions June as the estimated release date for the update, although the website also says that the dates are subject to change.
Over this past month, we’ve heard that Samsung is already working on updating its latest flagships to Android 5.1 Lollipop, and we’ve also heard that the update should come with a new Guest Mode feature, as well as the ability to snap RAW photos. This is the first time we’re hearing about a potential release date for the update.
Since we can think of no reason why Rogers should get any priority in updating its versions of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to the latest Android version, this date should be a good estimate for a lot of other carriers across the globe as well.
While Android 5.1 Lollipop is not a major update over 5.0 Lollipop, Google seems to have solved many of the bugs that got introduced with the original version of Lollipop.
Guest Mode is a feature that stock Android 5.0 has had since day one, but Samsung did not include it in the Lollipop versions that the S6 and the S6 edge currently use. The ability to capture RAW photos is also baked in the stock version of 5.0 Lollipop. Some were disappointed that the Galaxy S6 series lacked this feature, especially since the MWC 2015 demo units came this must-have feature for mobile photography enthuziasts.
Many customers will appreciate it if Samsung also optimizes the battery life of its two flagships, although this could well turn out to be just wishful thinking.