For months, we’ve known that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update was just around the corner. Now, thanks to a timely leak, we know the exact release date for that new build.
Late in May, Google announced the newest version of its mobile operating system at its I/O 2015 Developer Conference.
Over the summer, Google has released Developer Preview builds for Android 6.0 onto select Nexus devices. The average Android user, however, has not yet received the over-the-air (OTA) update.
Anyways, according to a new leak from the Korean media, the LG Nexus 2015 will be released on September 29, 2015. Traditionally, the newest version of Android is released at the same time as a new Nexus is released.
In other words, we can expect to see Android 6.0 Marshmallow appear on the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and Nexus 9 on or around September 29.
Google Releasing Two New Nexus Smartphones This Year
Judging by the leak above, Google (along with its partner hardware OEMs) will be releasing two Nexus smartphones this year.
The first new Nexus will be made by Huawei and will have a 5.7-inch quad HD screen.
The other Nexus will be made by LG and introduces a 5.2-inch full HD screen, a Snapdragon 8008 CPU, and a 13MP Sony camera.
Both Nexus devices (Nexii?) are expected to have 3GB of RAM.
Download the Android 6.0 Marshmallow Developer Preview Today
You don’t have to wait until September 29 to download Android 6.0.
You can download the latest Developer Preview, Developer Preview 3, from the Google database here.
That latest release is the most stable. It’s also the last one that Google plans to release. Nevertheless, like all early releases, you can expect to encounter some bugs and crashes along the way.
Why You Should Care About Android 6.0
Two of the most important features in Android 6.0 include a new battery life-saving system called Doze, which works like Greenify to put apps into a deep sleep state. In Doze Mode, these apps will limit network access and barely affect performance.
The other major improvement with Android 6.0 is the Google Now On Tap, which lets you receive relevant information based on what’s on the screen. If you and your friend are chatting in Messenger about watching the new Straight Outta Compton movie, then you can long press on the home button to let Google Now automatically find show times and nearby theaters with that movie. Google Now automatically reads the context of the app’s content and aims to answer your questions before you ask them.
Other Android 6.0 features include automatic app data backup and restores (data will be backed up to your Google Drive every day). You’ll also be able to customize the UI and notification bar further by hiding certain icons.