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5 Things to Know About the Nexus 6 Marshmallow Update



On October 5th, Google started rolling out the Nexus 6 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. This latest software delivers tons of new features, security enhancements, better battery life, and sadly a few problems according to some users. Now that the update has been here for over a week, we want to take a look at five things all Nexus 6 owners need to know.

Since late May Google’s offered an early developer preview, or beta, of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Back then it was called Android M, and the company released three developer previews so all apps, games, and more would be ready for the inevitable release.

Read: How to Customize the Notification Bar in Android 6.0

Then on September 29th Google officially announced the Android 6.0 Marshmallow release date along with the unveiling of the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones. Google promised the update would arrive the next week, and it arrived for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player on October 5th. Here’s what you need to know about it.


As we mentioned above, October 5th the update initially hit some users, starting with the Nexus 9 tablet. Those with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 however, haven’t been as fortunate to receive the over-the-air (OTA) software update as quick. With a week removed, most users should have received Android 6.0 Marshmallow by now.

However, if you’ve yet to get the update you’ll want to keep reading for everything you need to know about the Nexus 6 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Below we’ll go over the update, how to get it now if it has yet to arrive, some problems users are facing, and other details surrounding Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Read: Android 6.0 vs Android 5.1 Lollipop: What’s New in Marshmallow

Below is a collection of information and details regarding the Nexus 6 Marshmallow update that will help users with any Nexus 6 (unlocked, international, or carrier units) be better prepared, understand what’s coming, or get the latest software release right now. Our initial impressions have been rather favorable, but owners will still want to go over everything in the slideshow below to be better prepared for the future with Android 6.0 and beyond.

Nexus 6 Marshmallow Update: Initial Impressions

Nexus 6 Marshmallow Update: Initial Impressions

After a day of waiting for the update to arrive as a usual over the air software update and notification, I chose to manually download and install it. This means I wiped my Nexus 6 clean, to have a fresh start with Google's latest software. It's what we'd recommend all users do, as you'll yield the best results post update.

I've been using the Nexus 6 with Android 6.0 Marshmallow for a week now, and have noticed a substantial improvement of battery life. Almost 2+ hours, and more when not in use, on standby at night, with the new "Doze" feature. And surprisingly, I'm using Google Now on tap far more than expected.

I've used it in my car with Android Auto, streamed live sports with Fox Go, WatchESPN, and streamed live TV with Sling TV. Not to mention browsed the web, played some Clash of Clans, and dome basically everyone one would do with a smartphone. It's held up extremely well, and is obviously much better and smoother than Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Read: Nexus 6 Android 6.0 Marshmallow Hands-On and Impressions

Above owners will find more information about Android 6.0 on the Nexus 6, how I installed it, and my initial impressions. I've yet to experience any issues, but we're seeing a few reports that others are. So continue on for further details. Drop us a comment below and let us know if you've received the update, and how it's treating your Nexus 6.



  1. andrew brandon

    10/14/2015 at 6:42 pm

    Why does this site not use the Ctrl – mouse wheel scroll to increase/decrease viewing size like nearly every website i have been on? I can barely read this

  2. Marilyn GS

    10/14/2015 at 7:21 pm

    It does on my machine…..just an HP PC…nice and big.

  3. Ryan Terry

    10/14/2015 at 7:30 pm

    Why does EVERY tech article start with 5+ paragraphs of back-story? Do these writers assume their readers are ill-informed or just plain stupid? Or—the more likely reason—these writers just want to pad their word count by regurgitating old information that they or their colleagues have already written a hundred different ways (so what’s one more?). This stuff is despicable and makes keeping up with news almost more trouble than it’s worth. This industry has lost its way.

  4. @wittier (@wittier)

    10/14/2015 at 8:26 pm

    This article is crap. The word “UPDATE” indicates the OTA upgrade. There is no OTA for Marshmallow on the Nexus 6 yet. No one has received Marshmallow on a Nexus 6. The only people who have Marshmallow on Nexus 6 are the ones who have flashed the Factory image.

  5. JohnnyB

    10/15/2015 at 7:54 am

    I got a notice of an upgrade available two nights ago, but after a twenty minute installation, my Build (LMY48T) hadn’t changed and I didn’t notice any other changes.

    • m.maria

      10/18/2015 at 7:20 am

      me too! my nexus 6, on 10/13! I’ve fear it’s cracked or whatever. thank you very much.

      • JohnnyB

        10/18/2015 at 7:24 am

        Same thing on my Nexus 7 a couple days later…received notification that an update was available…went through all the update gymnastics, and the end result was the same build number I had prior to the install. Unless they are releasing some kind of preupdate tweak that precedes the actual Marshmallow release, I have no idea what’s going on…

        • m.maria

          10/18/2015 at 7:49 am

          else: my nexus 6 became very slow to open pages, videos and everything. I wrote to Google complaining, blaming them about this problem (?!) but there was no answer. and not even know if it was because of fake update. I can only wait ..

        • m.maria

          10/21/2015 at 2:31 pm

          Hi! good news: my nexus 6 just updated to marshmallow! I will still test, came first here:) I’m super happy and relieved, I think it’s all right because is #BackToFutureDay. . google
          for all!

          • JohnnyB

            10/22/2015 at 5:59 am

            What carrier? I have Verizon.

  6. Cobrak

    10/15/2015 at 9:38 am

    And they have pulled message about M and publicly said in testing. BS for T Mobile one more time

  7. Will

    10/21/2015 at 2:59 pm

    For the Nexus 6, T-Mobile claims that they’re validating the software and aren’t planning to release Marshmallow to their customers for some time……

    • Zohan

      10/26/2015 at 1:33 am

      So that’s why I don’t have update yet? From T-Mobile
      I’m still waiting? Did get a security update but no 6.0

  8. Ruth Steel

    10/26/2015 at 4:49 am

    I have nexus 6 update marshmallow my mic for recording voice mail message is not working. Is there a solution?

  9. JohnnyB

    11/12/2015 at 8:58 am

    Finally received my OTA update to Marshmallow from Verizon last night and ran it this morning. Took about 30 minutes start to finish. No issues. New build is MRA58R.

  10. Marc

    11/13/2015 at 6:02 pm

    T-Mobile is holding off?! I wonder if that’s why Project fi phone hasn’t recieved the OTA update yet.

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