Android 6.0.1 arriving on Nexus devices today, includes new emoji

by: Jimmy WestenbergDecember 7, 2015
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We already knew that a ton of new emoji were slated to hit Android devices sometime soon, thanks to a recent tweet from Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior VP of Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast at Google. As it turns out, the new emoji are arriving on Nexus devices starting today, as part of the update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

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The biggest change in the update to 6.0.1, according to Ars Technica, is the addition of over 200 new and revamped emoji based on Unicode 8. Mainly, the poop emoji has been redesigned, and all of the odd pink body parts that appeared in past emoji packs have now been turned to a yellow skin tone. A full list of the new and revamped emoji can be found at Unicode’s website. Adding new emoji to the Google Keyboard application actually requires a full system update. Although the Google Keyboard app can be updated on its on in the Play Store, fonts are tied to the system itself, hence the need for a full update.

Android 6.0 marshmallow logo DSC_0126See also: Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates roundup – December 4, 2015157

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Additionally, Android 6.0.1 brings a change for the nav bar on Android tablets. According to Ars, the buttons are no longer centered. The back and home buttons now sit on the left side, while the overview (recent apps) button sits on the right. This is obviously a move to help tablet users more easily reach the buttons, but it does look quite odd a first glance.

Android 6.0.1 is also being counted as the monthly security update for the month of December, so users can also expect a number of security fixes and performance improvements in this update.

As was the case with Android 6.0, the update should be available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 9. We’ll be sure to update you as we learn more.

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  • brararsh

    Factory images are already available.

  • otacon1k

    WTF with the new navbar?! I dont mind how it look but comfort will be worse…

  • Jeff

    Really sad that Google is chugging along with updates but unless you have a nexus device you won’t see the new things for a while cause the stupid phone companies drag their feet with updates. Add on top of that when the carriers get in the way and we’re better of just going to buy a nexus outright. My nexus 6P will be here next week lol

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  • Gregory Tschirhart

    Nexus 7 users BEWARE. Go to the Nexus 7 Forums First. You need to read about what’s wrong with the download. My Nexus 7 is junk right now. I have to flash back to the older version. The OTA version screwed up. I am not the only one. go to the forum and see for yourself

  • Sharon Ann Witteck Austin

    Can someone please tell me why it says this update is for nexus 7 2013 but we haven’t been getting recent updates for original nexus 7 ? Are no more available? Thank you.