January Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 Update: First Impressions

The January Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update is small but even the smallest updates can cause problems. Today we want to take a look at Google’s latest security update and provide Nexus 5 users with some feedback about the state of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.


The Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 has been out for several weeks though Google just rolled out a brand new Android 6.0.1 build for the aging former flagship.

The new Android 6.0.1 build is the company’s monthly security update and it brings some notable patches to the Nexus 5 and the company’s other Nexus smartphones and tablets. It’s a small update but that doesn’t mean that it won’t cause problems for those that download it.

These small security updates have caused problems for Nexus users in the past and that’s why we’re taking a look at the January Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 build, also known as MMB29S. The tiny update is rolling out right now to Nexus 5 users and I got a prompt to install earlier this week.

With the roll out making progress and problems starting to appear, here are some initial thoughts on the update’s performance.



Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 Installation (January)

The January Android 6.0.1 build for the Nexus 5 is tiny. 2.5MB tiny. This is easily one of the smallest updates I’ve ever received for the Nexus 5 so it should come as no surprise that it downloaded in a matter of seconds and installed in a matter of minutes.

I got the Android 6.0.1 build on Sunday and my guess is that Google’s starting to push this update out in force. If you haven’t seen it already, it should arrive for your Nexus 5 sometime this week.

When it does, you’ll want to set aside about 10-15 minutes to get the installation completed. It took all over 10 seconds to download but the installation process actually took a good seven minutes or so.

You’ll want to monitor your phone during the installation process and after to catch any problems that might emerge.

It was a smooth installation and I expect yours to be smooth as well. If you do run into issues, take a look at our list of fixes.


Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Performance (January)

I’ve been using the Nexus 5 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for a couple of days now so I feel like I have a pretty solid read on its performance in key areas like battery life, UI speed, and more.

Before I get into these first impressions, note that mileage can vary when it comes to Android updates, even tiny 2.5MB updates. So, if you’re feeling leery, I advise you to seek additional feedback if you need it. I’ll do my best to steer you in the right direction though.


After two days with this Android 6.0.1 build I still haven’t run into any serious issues with any of my core applications.

My core apps include Asana, Slack, YouTube, Chrome, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Amazon, Hangouts, Spotify, Google Maps, and SoundCloud. Chrome has crashed a couple of times but this is common on my Nexus 5. Facebook’s also crashed a couple of times but that’s also common.


I haven’t seen any major problems with my apps and I haven’t heard any widespread complaints about broken apps.

If you do encounter a problem with your apps after installing this build, try reinstalling the app. If that doesn’t work, get in contact with the developer.

Battery Life

I’ve spent a ton of time with the Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 build and I’ve yet to notice any problems with the device’s battery life.

The Nexus 5’s battery is still holding a solid charge when it’s in use. Same goes for standby battery. Doze is still doing its job and I doubt that changes in the weeks ahead.

If you’re nervous about this new Marshmallow update or if you’re already seeing weird battery drain after loading up this security upgrade, check out our list of potential fixes for Marshmallow battery life problems.

Wi-Fi, LTE & Bluetooth

I’ve tested the Nexus 5 and its new update with several different routers and Wi-Fi connections and I haven’t run into any issues with speed or range. The aging device continues to provide a solid Wi-Fi connection. Same goes for Bluetooth and LTE.

AT&T’s cellular networks continue to perform at a high level and I haven’t noticed any issues with Bluetooth connectivity. At least not yet.

I’ve been able to connect the Nexus 5 to various Bluetooth devices including speakers and headsets without issue.

If you do run into a problem with connectivity, consult our list of fixes.

Bugs & Issues

I haven’t run into any noticeable problems or bugs during my time with this January Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow security build.


There aren’t any experience-breaking issues on board my version of the update and I haven’t run into any smaller issues with. Small bugs and problems are far more difficult to find so I’ll continue to dig as we push away from the release date.

I’ve heard about a few problems with this new build but nothing widespread. Issues appear to be isolated, at least for the moment.


The Nexus 5 and its UI are  still extremely fast and fluid with this new Android 6.0.1 build on board. I haven’t noticed any lag or sluggishness during my time with the update and things appear to be normal.

Should You Install the January Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 Update?

The new Android 6.0.1 build doesn’t appear to have any major problems on board and it comes with several important security patches.

It’s not going to deliver any new features or bug fixes for Android Marshmallow problems but those security patches are valuable. This is an update that most of you will want to install right now.

What’s New in iOS 8.4

Apple Music Streaming

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Apple Music Streaming

The new Apple Music app includes the new Apple Music streaming service designed to take on Spotify, Pandora and other services. The iOS 8.4 update enables this new app and includes a free three-month trial of the Apple Music service.

With Apple Music you can pay $9.99 a month for an individual or $14.99 a month for a family of up to six members and enjoy full albums on demand and save music for offline playback.

Apple Music uses your musical tastes to pick new music that you might enjoy listening to in a new For You section of the music app that will help you find new music to listen to. The video above shows how this works.

This new app replaces the Music app from iOS 8 and earlier. Apple is not adding another app you cannot install from the iPhone or iPad, just updating one that is already on your device.

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