Google recently released Android 6.0 for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. But the company also released the source code for the latest version of Android, which means companies like Sony, Samsung, Motorola, and HTC will start offering Android 6.0 updates for some of their phones and tablets soon.

But independent ROM developers have them beat. Developer Dmitry Grinberg recently released an Android 6.0 ROM for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone, and now he’s released one for the Nexus 10 tablet, helping folks keep their devices up to date even if Google is no longer providing official updates.

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A few different folks have also managed to get Android 6.0 to run on the 2012 version of the Nexus 7 tablet, but performance on that platform isn’t stellar.

One person reports that it took hours for the system to rebuild apps during the upgrade process, while others report that camera, NFC, and GPS don’t work on the Nexus 7 (2012) after the update.

We’ll likely see Android 6.0 ported to many more devices in the coming weeks, but Nexus models are often among the first… even when they’re Nexus devices that are no longer supported by Google.

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5 replies on “Android 6.0 ported to the Nexus 10, Nexus 7 (2012)… with mixed results”

  1. Nexus 7 has turned out to be the step child left at the gas station. I spent 15 minutes (I now time these things; it has become that comical) waiting for a single kindle book to come up.
    I would wait for snow in the Sahara before any release that could speed up Nexus 7.
    Thanks, GOOGLE, for giving the two Nexus 7 tablets I purchased the shelf life of cottage cheese.

    1. You are absolutely right. I have a 2012 Nexus 7 and it would be perfectly fine if the disk was fast… The eMMC on that device is slower than molasses. It is so slow that if you could visualize the I/O requests to the disk, you would actually have no problem seeing each request…

  2. I’m surprised at how well Marshmallow runs on the Nexus 7 (2013). No performance hit and the battery life in standby is much improved. The Nexus 7 ( 2012 ) couldn’t run lollipop all that well, so it’s not a surprise that Marshmallow hasn’t changed anything.

    1. I find it amazing that the Nexus 7 2013 is still one of the best tablets in 2015. Asus really needs to ditch Intel and sell mediatek tablets with full HD displays (and stock Android).

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