The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is yet to be made available on flagship smartphones of this year. It is currently available preinstalled on few smartphones like Google Nexus 5X, Google Nexus 6P and HTC One A9. The LG G4 users in Poland and South Korea have received Android 6.0 update. Here is the status update of Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for smartphones from different brands.
According to Phone Arena, the Marshmallow update is scheduled to be available for Samsung devices. The Galaxy Note 5 is expected to receive the update next month. In January 2016, the update will be available for Galaxy S6 Edge+, S6 Edge and S6 handsets. In February 2016, the Galaxy Note 5 and Note Edge are expected to receive it. For Galaxy S5, the update will be available by April 2016.
Since the Android M update has been made available for LG G4 users at certain regions, the update is expected to be available soon for its users across the world. LG G3 users in Poland are expected to receive the update by Dec. 16 or 18. The newly released LG V10 and LG Class phones are also likely to receive the update soon.
The official chart from HTC that shows Android 6.0 roll out status for its handsets reveals that HTC One M9 and HTC One M8 owners will be receiving the newest Android build by the “beginning end of 2015.” Other handsets that are eligible to receive the update include One M9+, One E9+, One E9, One ME, One E8, One M8 Eye, Butterfly 3, Desire 826, Desire 820 and Desire 816. The Taiwanese company has not revealed the exact timeframe for releasing Android 6.0 OTA update for the aforementioned smartphones.
The Moto X Pure Edition (2015), Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto G (2015), Moto X Pure Edition (2014), Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), Moto G LTE (2014), Droid Turbo, Moto MAXX (2014), and Moto Turbo (2014) are the handsets that are officially approved by Motorola to receive the Android 6.0 update. The newly released Droid Turbo 2 and Droid MAXX 2 are also poised to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow build.
Sony too is mum on the exact timeframe of releasing Android 6.0 update for its smartphones. However, it has revealed that the following handsets are eligible to get updated to Android 6.0: Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, Z5 Compact, Z3+, Z3 Compact, Z2, M5, C5 Ultra, C4 and M4 Aqua.
The rumoured Nokia C1, the smartphone that has been in leaks since late last year, has now surfaced in a new render image on the Web. While all the leaks and rumours until now pointed out the handset to run Android with the company's Z Launcher, the new render shows the smartphone to run Windows 10 OS as well - tipping the handset could be offered in two variants for the two operating systems.
The leaked image render for the Nokia C1 shows the handset in White, Gold, Pink, and Grey colour variants alongside two more units. While the unit in foreground is seen running the Nokia Z Launcher for Android, the one in the background (right side) is seen running Windows 10 Mobile. The tipster who leaked the image said (via Nokiapoweruser) that the handset will arrive in both OS versions.
In addition, while a leaked image from September showed the smartphone's rear camera at the centre, the latest render shows it placed on the top-left corner. Since Nokia is still silent on the matter, the latest leaked render should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Going by past leaks and rumours, the Nokia C1 is tipped to include a 5-inch FHD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. It is said to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow as well. Previous reports have suggested that the Nokia C1 will be powered by an Intel chipset and feature 2GB of RAM.
It needs to be pointed out that Nokia can't use its brand on smartphones until Q4 2016, because of the acquisition of its devices and services division by Microsoft. Earlier this year, Nokia announced that it intends to get back in the smartphone business by licensing designs to hardware manufacturers. The Finnish-based technology company, which once held the pole position in the mobile handset market, lost its dominance with the rise of Apple and Android smartphones, and its decision to use Windows Phone as its operating system of choice instead of Android arguably speeded up its demise.
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Economic Times’ Special supplement: Brand Equity has come out with their annual ‘Most Trusted Brands’ ranking for 2015, and there are some major surprises in there.
Both Maggi and Nokia, once hallmark of branding power in India, have lost their sheen. While Maggi has lost 91 spots in the last 12 months to be ranked at #95 this year (they were ranked #5 last year), Nokia has been knocked out of top 100 list. In 2014, Nokia was ranked at respectable #2 position.
Colgate, the ever-dependable toothpaste brand having a rich history of 143 years, is still India’s #1 brand.
Perhaps this massive change in brand value of Nokia, which was once synonymous with the term mobile phones, signify the new taste, new priorities of India. If Nokia has been ousted, then LG mobile phones made a debut within the top 100 brands as it jumped from #146 last year. Interestingly, besides Samsung Mobile Phones at #16, LG is the only mobile phone brand in the top 100.
With Maggi, the controversy regarding lead tests took a huge toll in their brand value, as the product was banned for 5 months in India. The product is now back with a bang, and it can make a grand comeback next year, as sales have been steadily picking up, ever since it returned.
Another brand which made a giant comeback was Tata Salts, which has been ranked #2 this year, up 14 spots from #16 last year and #28 in 2013. In 2013, Tata Salts were plagued by an unnecessary controversy regarding Goafest Abby 2013. Since then, the brand value has steadily increased, taking them to #2 rank in 2015.
Dettol has maintained their position at #3.
If we talk about telecommunication brands, then every major brand has improved their positions.
Airtel has jumped one position to be placed at #12 this year, thereby becoming India’s #1 telecom brand. Vodafone is ranked #24, improving 4 spots compared to last year, when it was ranked #28. However, the biggest improvement has been witnessed by Idea, which has jumped 131 positions to be ranked at #43 this year.
Methodology: The Brand Equity survey was carried out in 12 Indian cities: Delhi, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Patna, Bhuwaneshwar, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Indore, Chennai, Bangalore, Vijaywada.
The audience was profiled in 4 groups, which are: Chief Wage Earner, Housewife, Youth (15-25 years) and Older (26-60).
You can view the complete ranking and other interesting facts about Brand Equity’s Most Trusted Brands 2015 Ranking here.