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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) Rolls Out Android Marshmallow for Galaxy S6

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) held its annual meeting of shareholders on Friday. Each of the 12 nominees to the firm’s board of directors were re-elected for one more year. The shareholders also approved the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP as the independent auditor, the pay of the firm’s executive officers as described in the 2016 proxy statement (on an advisory basis) and the ratification of the 2016 incentive plan. However, none of the three shareholder proposals were approved.

AT&T Inc. Releases OTA Update for Galaxy S6

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be glad to know that AT&T has finally let the cat out of the bag about getting the official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. As per Android Police, Sprint had already rolled out the same in March. Bigger rival Verizon too followed suit recently and a week after that, T-Mobile took cue. AT&T users can expect to get the update any time now. They will get an OTA (over-the-air) update and will be notified about its availability. The latest update has its build number as G920AUCU3CPC2.

The tech website PhoneDog spilled the beans by citing a support page on Samsung’s website. The webpage indicates that the Galaxy S6 as provided with AT&T now runs Android 6.0.1. The handset had hit the market about a year ago. At that time, it came loaded with Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop). The AT&T version of the Galaxy S6 has its model number as SM-G920AZDAATT. The handset is powered by an Exynos 7420 Octa chipset and 3 GBs of RAM. GSM Arena mentions that the different built-in storage options are 32 GBs, 64 GBs, and 128 GBs. It also has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. As for the cameras, Samsung’s official webpage for this model mentions that the phone has a 16 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera with a 120-degree wide-angle lens.

Analysts Read Between the Lines

The recent earnings report seems to be an illusion of the real picture according to some analysts. In particular, they seem to be divided over whether the progress should be judged based on those figures that were out before acquiring DirecTV. It may be noted that the firm had issued $6 billion in debt in the last quarter, even though it was on the negative watch list.

The debate is centered around the fact that jumping to conclusions based solely on Y-o-y figures involves taking 1Q 2015 figures into account. And those figures do not include DirecTV. Analysts feel that a lot of the growth which has been mentioned on paper is not entirely due to AT&T itself.

For instance, the firm’s largest segment is the wireless segment. However, that is not directly affected by the DirecTV acquisition. Like its peer Verizon, AT&T too is suffering from the customers’ tendency to wait longer to upgrade their smartphones. If still some growth has been seen in wireless, that has been because of various factors over which the firm does not have a direct control. It is true that there have been measures undertaken to bring down costs and raise productivity. It has also shut down 2G operations and migrated users to 3G. However, a lot of the headcount reduction is also due to natural attrition. As for users, people are increasingly using automated tools and options for self-service and as a result, helpdesk calls have reduced.

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