Google has released the first final factory images of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for download on Nexus 6, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player.
During its Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P event last week, Google also confirmed that it will start rolling out Android 6.0 in the coming days. Actually, the Marshmallow, codenamed Android M, was announced by Google at I/O 2015 earlier this year and continues to serve up timely updates for its older Nexus lineup of Android devices, with the release of Android 6.0 today for Nexus 6, 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Android TV set-top box Nexus Player.
Although the LG-built Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P come running with Android Marshmalllow out of the box and Google has also confirmed that the final release of the mobile OS come bundled with the Now on Tap, which may just prove to be Marshmallow’s killer feature. It is ultimately Google Now on steroids, with tightly integrated contextual intelligence. Essentially the next time you receive a message from your friend on say, Facebook Messenger asking you to go watch Transformers 5: Rise Of Unicorn, simply hold down the Home button and watch the magic. As Google explains it:
With Now on Tap, if you tap and hold down the home button of your Android phone, Google Now will show you quick info about the movie and restaurant and help you jump into the right apps to read reviews, see the menu, and reserve a table. Once you’re done, the back button will take you right back to your messaging app so you can respond to your friend.
To learn more on how Android Marshmallow works, where Google’s Now on Tap feature compares to iOS 9’s Proactive Siri can be checked.
Features that Android 6.0 version brings with it are it will offer granular app controls that will let you select permissions manually (such as location, camera, microphone, contacts, phone and SMS) that an app can have access. Chrome custom tabs will let developers stick Chrome into their apps. App Links will let you open links directly within application and by the way it also gets Android Pay. Rolled out in the US recently, supporting Fingerprint sensor that is present on the latest Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P in the form of Nexus Imprint. It also added a new Doze battery saving inclusion that uses motion detection to cut off background activity when the phone is in standby, but nevertheless, it will save wake up for important events like alarms.
If you haven’t yet received your Marshmallow OTA update for the above mentioned supported Nexus devices, you can skip the wait and manually install Android 6.0 now by downloading the factory images from the links given below and flashing them on your device.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow direct download links:
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 5 (GSM/LTE)
- Nexus 7 (WiFi)
- Nexus 7 (Cellular)
- Nexus 9 (LTE)
- Nexus 9 (WiFi)
- Nexus Player
When will the non-Nexus devices get Android 6.0 update? HTC and Motorola already promised to offer. Well that totally depends on the OEMs. The flagship Android devices of 2015, like the latest Samsung Galaxy S lineup, are expected to get the update before the end of the year.
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