Another Android version, another round of “Android roulette” – Will my tablet get upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow?
That’s the nail biting question most Android tablet owners ask themselves after having bought a new Android tablet just a month or two ago.
Android tablets have very short OS life cycles and have on average 1 1/2 years of OS upgrade support from the manufacturers, though there are some notable exceptions fortunately with the likes of Sony, LG, Nvidia, and Google’s own devices who tend get extended life cycles. But obviously nothing close to Windows tablets.
For cellular tablets in the US things can sometimes be different, since the wireless carriers tend to be the ones responsible for the next OS upgrade instead of the tablet manufacturer. So there’s often a discrepancy between what Wi-Fi tablets and what cellular tablets of the same tablet model will receive the latest Android update.
An option to waiting for an official OTA update from the tablet manufacturer or wireless carrier is to try and install the latest OS yourself, but this always carries with it the risk of ruining the tablet, so most people just end up waiting hopefully instead.
So we want to provide a list of tablets that have officially been announced as eligible for a Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. We’ll update this list along the way whenever new tablets officially gets the promise or OTA update of Android 6.0.
This list is for Wi-Fi models only, since every carrier has it’s own pace and approach to Android updates.
Asus PadFone S
Among 4G LTE tablets in the US there are several more tablets that have been promised an OTA update already, including Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, but for now we will cover Android tablets with Wi-Fi.
(Last updated on November 16)
– Tom Bowen