Samsung has rolled out the Android Marshmallow update for the Samsung Galaxy A8 (first generation) smartphone in India. The update is available over the air and it brings Marshmallow to the device along with the Android security patch level for September month.
Users must have 1GB of free space to download and install the update as the update weighs 890MB. Since the update is being rolled out over-the-air, it may take some time before it comes to your device. One can also manually check for the update by going to Settings ->About Phone -> Software Update.
The update brings user interface changes and additions along with stability improvements, speed optimisations and some bug fixes. It brings new Doze battery saving feature to hibernate the background apps when the smartphone is in standby mode and ‘Now on Tap’ for Google Now showing contextual information by long pressing on the home button and app permissions to control the information you share with apps.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 2015 was launched in India at Rs 32,500 in August last year. Samsung Galaxy A8 is powered by an Exynos 5 Octa Core (1.8GHz Quad Core + 1.3GHz Quad Core) processor coupled with 2GB RAM. The smartphone now runs on the latest Android v6.0 (Marshmallow) operating system. It has an internal memory of 32GB which can be further expanded to 128 GB via micro SD card.
Galaxy A8 is loaded with 16 megapixel auto focus rear camera with optical image stabilisation, f/1.9 aperture, a wide-angle lens (120 degrees) and LED flash. It also has a 5-megapixel front camera which can be used to take wide selfies. It even has a fingerprint scanner which doubles up as a home button and can be used to lock/unlock the device.
The Dual SIM Samsung Galaxy A8 is equipped with LTE Cat 6 (4G) and a has a good 3050mAH, Li-ion, Non-removable battery. Other connectivity options in A8 are GPS, GLONASS Wi-Fi 802.11, a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi Direct.