Now that Marshmallow (Android 6.0) has been available for several weeks, it’s not surprising to find that there is already a 6.0.1 update hitting some devices. In this particular case, said devices are select Android One handsets. According to reports, only a limited number of users have received the update so far, however. Have a look:
According to a Google Search, the model number listed, H220, is the Cherry Mobile Android G1 for the Philippines. Curiously the Android security patch level is dated December 1, 2015 despite today being only November 22, 2015. Assuming the roll-out isn’t a mistake, it would seem to imply that Google has already finalized the updated built into said patch despite this month having just over a week left.
There is currently no information as to what this 6.0.1 update brings with it, however the general assumption around the internet is that it’s strictly related to bug fixes and stability improvements.
PhoneArena has reported that, “HTC ROM developer @LlabTooFeR has it that, after 6.0.1, Google is planning to roll out Android 6.1 Marshmallow, though this is expected to happen starting next year.” Assuming this is true, it would raise the question as to if Google will release 6.0.1 to other devices (such as the Nexus series) of simply go directly to 6.1.
We will have more on this story as it develops, but for now let’s all keep our eyes peeled for any updates that may land in the next few weeks.