The release the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 is most likely right around the corner. In late May 2015, Google has announced its upcoming mobile operating system during the I/O 2015 event.
Just like it happened in 2014, the developer preview builds were released for testing for some Nexus devices. The big search engine company also revealed that the upcoming Android 6.0 is going to be called Marshmallow, but there is still no official information about when it will be released.
Before the Android Lollipop OS, Google used to announce two major software releases per year, one in early summer and another one in the mid-fall. However, it seems that now, the big search company prefers to announce the new Android OS versions in early summer, test them for a few months and finally release them in fall along with the new Nexus devices.
According to some new rumors, the LG Nexus (2015) manufactured by LG will be released on September 29, 2015 which means that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be released at the same date.
Currently, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 is not available for public use, but you can download and install the Developer Preview 3 builds from developer.android.com/preview/download.html. The new Android 6.0 Marshmallow Preview 3 update is the last Developer build and it is more stabile than the previous build. However, you can still expect bugs and crashes to appear from time to time.
In case you’ve already installed a previous Android 6.0 Marshmallow preview update, then you should know that you will get the Preview 3 Update OTA, without having to manually download and install the operating system. When your device will be ready to get the update, you will see a message in the notification panel, but you can also manually check for updates by going to Settings->About Phone->System Updates->Check for update.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS comes with many new features such as the automatic app data backup and restore. The system will now backup your data on the Google Drive every day, allowing you to restore it anytime you want.
HINT: Keep in mind that you are limited to 25MB per application.
The new OS also allows you to customize the Quick Settings tiles. You can just drag the icons around and change their position and even remove some of the tiles that you never use or add new tiles. You can hide or show icons status bar icons for hotspot, wi-fi, Ethernet, airplane mode, cellular data, alarm and many more.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow allows you to set the microSD card as the default storage, which is pretty nice especially for the devices that have less than 8GB of internal storage. The storage manager got updated and now it allows you to sort the files and folders by size. The update RAM manager allows you to see how much each application eats on average or the maximum amount of RAM a specific application has used in the past.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow also brings an updated Phone Dialer and you will see that its interface is simpler than before and the text tabs have been removed and replaced by icons. The Contacts application will now allow you to select multiple contacts and either share, delete or merge them.
There are a lot of new things that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will come with when it will be officially released and we’re sure that many Android users will want to get this new OS on their devices.