Google Nexus owners are soon getting a new squish-able treat, Android 6.0 Marshmallow! According to Google they began rolling out the new update, dubbed Marshmallow to Nexus devices on Monday which includes Nexus version 5, 6, 7, 9 and Nexus Player.
If you don’t see an alert now on your device for the update, head to the Settings-> About Phone-> System updates to manually check for the update and download it. The new upgrade will come pre-installed on Google’s new Nexus 5X and 6P devices but its not known when the update will make its way on other devices.
Best Android 6.0 Marshmallow Features
Like what Apple has done with its Battery saving feature that the iOS9 gave us, Marshmallow has it’s own battery saving feature called Doze. Doze goes into a low-power mode automatically when it realizes you aren’t using it much to help save on power and ultimately, battery life. According to Google, Doze could give you an additional 30% more battery life.
Not only does Doze provide some battery saving capacity, the new Marshmallow update also supports USB Type-C charging. Type-C charging allows for three time faster charging over traditional USB and it’s also capable of plugging in for charging in either orientation, which in reality means faster charging as you aren’t messing around with the cable trying to get it plugged in!
Privacy is a major concern now more than ever. With millions of applications that are available for mobile devices, it’s not easy to know which ones are good and which ones could cause us harm. With Marshmallow, users have more control over their permissions than ever before. Previously, when you launched an app it may ask to use your location and you would say yes or no and that app could do this forever on. Now when you launch the same app you can give it specific permissions like it may use it this time but then you could be prompted again if it tried to use your location next time.
Of course what’s a new android update without a new and improved user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) features. There are new animations when your device boots and more crisp and polished icons and menus. There is also a better copy and paste function which is more streamlined and smaller, enhanced voice recognition, and fingerprint recognition.
How to Download Android 6.0 Marshmallow
From your device, just head to the settings -> about phone -> system updates. If you are looking to download it on your own, head on over to Google’s download page.