You don’t need to buy a new Nexus 5X or Neuxs 6P smartphone to get your hands on Google Android 6.0 software. It’ll begin rolling out next week to most recent Nexus devices.
In the coming months, we should start to see third-party device makers offer Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates for some recent phones and tablets as well.
First in line for the updates will be the Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 smartphones, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 9 tablets, and the Nexus Player Android TV box.
Google will also likely release Android 6.0 to the Android Open Source Project around that time, which means that we’ll probably start to see custom ROMs for older Nexus and non-Nexus devices in the weeks that follow.
So what’s new in Android 6.0? We’ve already kind of covered that in-depth, but here are a few highlights:
- Users have more control over the permissions granted to apps.
- You can customize which tiles show up in the Quick Settings menu.
- There are power improvements that should reduce the battery drain when your phone is idle.
- App data is automatically backed up to the cloud.
- You can treat microSD cards as if they were local storage (on devices that have microSD card slots).
- There’s native support for fingerprint sensors.
- Tablets can display a split-screen keyboard that should make thumb typing easier when holding a device in two hands.