A week ago, Google had stated that it would begin rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow (the latest version of the Android mobile operating system after Android Lollipop) to Google Nexus handsets this week. Making good on its promise, the tech giant has announced via its official blog that the rollout is now ongoing, which means that owners of any Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (released in 2013), or Nexus Player can expect their devices to be updated any time soon.
As for the latest Nexus devices -- the Nexus 5X made by LG and the Nexus 6P made by Huawei -- they will be released with Android 6.0 Marshmallow already pre-installed (the same also goes for Google’s newest Android tablet, the Pixel C). Both new Nexus smartphones are expected to start shipping this October, but Google has not published any specific launch date yet for the devices.
For those not yet familiar with what Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings to the table, know that the latest version of Android comes with several new nifty, albeit hardly groundbreaking, features. For instance, the built in support for fingerprint reading will likely be more useful to those who have preordered any one of the newest Nexus phablets. As for those owners of earlier Nexus device models, they will probably find features such as enhanced standby time and a more simplified permissions model quite handy for daily use.
Perhaps the most interesting new feature of Android 6.0 Marshmallow is Google Now on Tap, which allows users to retrieve useful information about anything displayed on their screen simply by tapping and holding their home button. There is no telling yet if Android users will actually use Google Now on Tap, but the feature does demonstrate how far Google has gone in terms of exploring machine learning dynamics as applies to mobile devices.
As expected of any new Android version update, Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be arriving to Nexus devices automatically via an over the air update. This means that owners of Nexus handsets will not be required to manually sync their devices with their computer. As soon as the Android 6.0 Marshmallow file appears on their smartphone’s display screen, users will then get a notification that contains instructions for installing the latest version of the Android OS.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow was first introduced during Google’s yearly I/O conference held in May earlier this year, although the Marshmallow name was revealed later in August of this year.
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