GOOGLE HAS STARTED the rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Nexus devices, but it's bad news for owners of the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) or Nexus 10.
Making good on its promise that the newest version of Android would arrive this week, Google has announced that the software is now arriving on Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player devices.
If you don't get a notification telling you it's ready, you can check manually by going to Settings > About Phone > System updates. Network unlocked handsets likely will be the first to receive it, with Google noting that "the Nexus update to Marshmallow occurs in stages and some carriers will receive the update later than others."
If you use a Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) or Nexus 10, however, there's not much point checking if Marshmallow is available, as they will remain on Android 5.0 Lollipop for good.
Android 6.0 does bring some new features to the OS, however, including native fingerprint authentication, USB Type-C support and Google's new Android Pay mobile wallet platform, although this isn't yet available in the UK.
There's also a new a charging speed indicator, new window animations, improved notifications, faster app search and Now on Tap.
In a blog post, Brian Rakowski, VP of product management at Android, has hinted that more business-focused features will be coming to the software soon, announcing plans for an Android and Work live online event on 4 November.
If you can't be bothered updating to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the newly-announced Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones will be the first to run the new software straight out of the box and will start shipping in a few week's time.
What's more, Google is promising that more devices running the new software will be coming soon. The first likely will come out of HTC, which has an event scheduled for 20 October. µ
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