Another year, another major revision of the Android operating system. Last year saw the gentle introduction of Android Lollipop, which brought a new unified design language, speed improvements and more to the smartphones in our pockets. Now, as we march into 2016, there’s a new version – Android 6.0 aka Android Marshmallow. It’s got neat tricks for SD cards, better battery management and tighter security, so whilst it’s not the most revolutionary of Android updates, who want’s to buy a phone stranded in the past? That’s right, nobody. So, let’s find out that the update plans are for Chinese smartphone manufacturers.

OnePlus

OnePlus have plans to update both the OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X smartphones, but the software will also be made available to all other OnePlus phones, like the original One.

Coolpad

Coolpad haven’t yet announced any plans regarding updates to Android 5.0, but given their track record of updating phones to the latest version, we don’t truly expect them to make any great overtures in that direction. We’ve been wrong before though, so keep your eyes peeled.

Gionee

Gionee have claimed that all of its future smartphones will run Android 6.0, and that some of its older phones will get the update from March 2016. Those include the E series from Gionee.

Huawei

It’s good news for Huawei customers, as the company have some excellent plans for updating their older handsets. Potentially due to an agreement with Google for the release of the Nexus 6P, or perhaps just of their own volition, Huawei have named a number of phones that will get the update. They include the Ascend P8, Ascend P8 Max, Ascend G8, Mate S, Honor 6 Plus, Honor 7, Honor 7i, Mediapad X2, as well as the Mate 7, Honor 6, Mate 7, Honor 4X, Honor 4C and Ascend G7. All this is due ‘soon’.

K-TOUCH

Another brand who are remaining cagey on their update plans, but K-TOUCH do operate on the low end of the Chinese Smartphone market and therefore probably won’t see to officially updating their software.

Lenovo

Lenovo haven’t begun to update any of their devices, but they have announced plans to update the K3 Note,  A7000, A7000 Plus, Vibe S1 and Vibe P1 and the ZUK line of smartphones. Historically, Lenovo have been good with Android updates, so watch this space.

Meizu

As yet, we’ve not gotten any official word from Meizu on Android 6.o updates.

Oppo

Haven’t yet confirmed the Android M update for any of their smartphones, but keep an eye out for further news.

Xiaomi

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2, Redmi 2, Redmi 2 Prime and Mi4i from 2015 will be the first of the Chinese giant’s phones to see Android 6.0. The update will hit in ‘early’ 2016 and then roll out for 2014-era handsets like the Mi 4, Mi Note and Mi Note Pro later in the year.

ZTE

Count this as a ‘maybe never’, ZTE aren’t really known for their rigorous update schedule, but that could still change.

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