Last week, Google announced its next-gen Nexus smartphones, a new Pixel C tablet, and revealed that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will start rolling out for supported devices this week. Yesterday, we told you that the Mountain View-based giant released the Marshmallow factory images for their Nexus tablets and smartphones. Today we hear that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is rolling out for Nexus 5 and Nexus 6, as well for other Nexus devices.
As you may already know, the transition to Android 6.0 Marshmallow is not as big as the jump from KitKat to Lollipop. However, the new software update adds a lot of changes and new features. Among others it arrives with On Tap functionality which allows Google Now to give you relevant information about what’s currently on the screen, a new granular app permissions system, Doze mode for significant battery life improvements, System UI Tuner which allows you to hide status bar icons and more, customizable Quick Settings area, improved Storage Manager, better RAM information, and many more.
As the norm is with software updates, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow roll out will be made in phases, meaning that it could take a while until it spreads to everyone. Furthermore, the ETA may vary with phone model, carrier, and region. I remind you that when the OTA update is pushed to your device a message should appear in the notifications panel. Tap on it and follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. If you want to check for the update manually go to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for update.
In case you don’t want to wait until the update is pushed to your device by Google’s servers, you can force the update using the OTA ZIP files. Unfortunately, the OTA ZIPs hand’t been captured at the time this post was written, but they should go live for download in a couple of hours.
It’s also worth adding that on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 terminals that run a completely stock Android build are eligible to receive the update over-the-air. If your phone is running a custom ROM or if you altered the OS in any way, your only option is to flash a factory image.
Are there any Nexus 5 or Nexus 6 owners reading this? Have you guys received the Marshmallow update? Please let us know in the comments section below.