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Nexus 5 Android 6.0 Update: 10 Things to Know After Two Weeks



We’ve been using Google’s official Nexus 5 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for a couple of weeks now. And now that we’ve hit the two week mark, we want to take a look at its performance and a few other important details.

In late September, Google confirmed plans to deliver the Nexus 5 Android 6.0 update to users on October 5th. On October 5th, as promised, the company rolled out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to the Nexus 5, and other Nexus devices.

The company made the Nexus 5 Marshmallow update available immediately through the Android Open Source Project but it confirmed a lengthy and unpredictable OTA roll out. This is standard for Google and its Nexus updates.

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Two weeks ago, I received the Nexus 5 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update from Google. The update, all 400+MBs of it, took about 40 minutes to download and install. Android 6.0 looks a lot like Lollipop but this is a big update and a different beast entirely.

Today, I want to revisit the Nexus 5 Android 6.0 update and tell you how the update is performing, on my device, at the two week mark. This updated review will take a look at the update’s performance in several key areas including battery life, UI speed, and more.

In addition to the performance review, I also want to point out some of the other important things you should know about the Nexus 5 Marshmallow release. The update is still extremely active and there are some things you should know as we push deeper into the year.

Nexus 5 Android 6.0 Battery Life Update

Nexus 5 Android 6.0 Battery Life Update

Battery life is always a concern so I've been watching it like a hawk during my two plus weeks with the Nexus 5 Marshmallow update. 

Thus far, I haven't encountered any severe battery drain or any problems with the battery when in use or standby mode. In fact, I've noticed some improvements from Google's last operating system, Android 5 Lollipop.

I haven't been getting an extra three hours out of Android 6.0 and its new Doze feature but I can regularly squeeze 30 minutes to an hour more out of the Nexus 5 with Marshmallow on board. That's extremely impressive, especially on a device that's going on three years old. 

I'm not alone either. Tons of Nexus 5 users are reporting similar results after installing the Nexus 5 Marshmallow update

If you see the opposite after installing Marshmallow or if you simply want to be prepared for potential issues you might encounter after installing it, you'll want to take a look at our list of battery life tips.



  1. Michael Quinlan

    10/30/2015 at 6:47 pm

    “That’s extremely impressive, especially on a device that’s going on three years old”

    Why is it that so many people insist on this BS exaggerated aging of devices? The Nexus 5 was released LESS THAN TWO YEARS AGO.

  2. Rico Suave

    01/03/2016 at 12:11 pm

    “That’s extremely impressive, especially on a device that’s going on three years old”

    That’s kind of a strange thing to say, being that at the time this was written, the Nexus 5 hadn’t even been out for two years. And I’m not saying that it’s still not impressive, but I’ve been seeing stuff like this more and more in reviews. It’s like even the facts about a subject are disputable now. People just writing whatever they want.

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