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Android Marshmallow launches next week

Do you have a Nexus device? Google has just announced that the Android Marshmallow update is launching next week to these selected Google Nexus devices.

Published onSeptember 29, 2015

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Google is currently holding an event in San Francisco and the company has just announced that the new Android Marshmallow update is set to roll out to existing Nexus devices next week. Like previous years, the company’s own devices are the first to get the update and Google has confirmed that these devices will be getting the new Android 6.0 update next week:

At the moment, the company hasn’t confirmed whether both versions of the Nexus 7 will get the latest update or whether it will only be the Nexus 7 2013 but of course, we’ll let you know as soon as we find out. Unfortunately, it looks like the LG Nexus 4 and HTC-made Nexus 10 have reached their end-of-life status with Google not mentioning that these devices will be getting the Android Marshmallow update.

What does Google’s latest update bring? The list of new feature is extensive but the key features include Android Pay, Google Now on Tap, a new simplified permissions system, better battery management, improved sharing functionality and simplified volume controls.

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Google has also added a new doze feature to increase standby time when you’re not using the phone, automatic backup and restore of app data and settings to Google Drive, a new RAM manager and a new vertical app drawer that also displays your four more recently used apps at the top. Lastly, Google has also listened to feedback and Android Marshmallow now brings support for a horizontal home screen, which has been missing until now.

Do you have a Nexus device and if so, which one? Are you looking forward to the update? Let us know your views in the comments below and check out our Diving Into M series for a closer look at some of the features in the Android Marshmallow OS.

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