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.

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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.

 

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7 replies on “Android 6.0 launches the first week of October”

  1. Can I copy to and from my micro SD drive to my home network using ES File Explorer without having to hack and crack my OS? Or is that still being trashed?

  2. “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.”

    More likely that in next years CES, you’ll have Acer, Asus, or Dell come out with new tablets running Android 5.0, maybe even Kit Kat.

  3. I’ll go on record that I’m pretty much sick (to death) of hearing about battery life improvements each and every time there is some Google Android update. I’m a Nexus 5 owner. I will say this. To me, the battery life sucks. Never once have I said after a new update that battery life is better. Oh, this is the time. Now I can believe that it’s going to be noticeable? To me it’s a pile of S. For good measure, throw in the “improved battery life” with the update notes. Measurable? Proof? It’s conjecture.

    1. Try the “Greenify” App (it may require you to have a rooted phone … at least, mine is rooted and it works very well) in the Google Play Store … made a major difference on my old Galaxy S3.

    2. I fully agree. It looks like the 30% improvement that they showed in the live announcement was on the new phones (808 and 810)… will this be possible on the 800 phones? I would not count on it.

    3. Did you actually do a measurement or is it just based on your gut feeling? Because the battery saver does help. I tried battery saver on my Nexus 7 2012. With battery saver 7 hours of SOT, without battery saver 5 hours of SOT.

      1. gut feeling for me, Moto G from 4.4 to 5.0 heated a lot more and surprised me as I had to plug it in once per day whereas I never bothered before.

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