Android 6.0 Marshmallow rolls out to Nexus devices starting today

Google has announced that Android 6 (Marshmallow), the newest version of its mobile OS, is now rolling out for the Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9, as well as the Nexus Player.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is packed with a lot of new features including improved battery efficiency and Now on Tap that displays relevant information to help users tick off more tasks from their to-do list.

Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America, just posted an infographic on the Twitter mentioning smartphones from HTC to get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. According to the official Android Blog, there are already four other Nexus devices that are in line to receive the update.

Over-the-air updates have begun to hit various Nexus devices, including the Nexus 9 and Nexus 7 (2013), in both their WiFi and LTE counterparts. The LG G4 Pro will, most likely, launch with Marshmallow.

Those snapping up the Nexus 5X and 6P will get be the first to get their paws on Marshmallow without having to update. If you want to give the smartphone or tablet a nudge, head to Settings About Phone or About Tablet Software Update.

The new app permissions will allow users to better protect their privacy by customizing how much access apps have to the phone’s hardware features. The new Android has kicked off for rollout with Nexus devices. There is also an app standby feature that limits how seldom-used apps impact a phone’s battery life.

In other words, flashing a factory image is more like completely deleting all the software on your device and replacing it. The OTA will only replace what is being changed since your last update. Well, it finally started yesterday, the OTA for Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Those devices are scheduled to ship this month with Android 6.0 out of the box. As usual, T-Mobile breaks down for each device the Android update process into three stages: Manufacturer Development, T-Mobile Testing and Completed.


T-Mobile reveals devices getting Android 6.0 update

It will only be a matter of time before Android 6.0 Marshmallow is able to reach various customers running on Android, although the first ones are bound to be those under the Google wing.

With that in mind, of course, the first ones are probably the Google Nexus series, while the other brands would depend on the carriers. For now, T-Mobile seems to be releasing Android Marshmallow soon, revealing a list mostly consisting of flagship phones.
The full list of T-Mobile devices set to receive the Android Marshmallow push was revealed via Talk Android. Among the phones in the list include the HTC One M8 and M9, LG G3 and G4, Nexus 5 and 6, and the Samsung Galaxy line like the Galaxy Note 4 and S6 Edge +.

The full list can be found here.

There are, of course, glaring models such as Sony missing on the list, but an update for the unlisted device should be out soon as well. It just so happens that these are the fortunate models set to receive the update, and an Android Marshmallow update should be announced soon for the other models.

The bad news is that for subscribers who own a lower-end or entry-level handset, there is a chance that those devices may not be getting Android 6.0 push.

T-Mobile will follow the three-stage process as far as updating the Android operating system of devices.

This means that the process will include the “Manufacturer Development” where the carrier and the OEMs sign up to roll out the new firmware. This will be followed by “T-Mobile Testing” where the evaluation happens, and finally, the status will be moved to “Completed,” which means that it’s ready for roll out.

It remains to be seen if other carriers like Sprint or AT&T will follow the lead of T-Mobile. Until an announcement is made, however, it seems subscribers on other carriers will just have to wait.



T-Mobile releases list of devices to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

T-Mobile has released a list of devices on its network that are slated to receive the Android Marshmallow update, after HTC and Motorolla.

The list includes the HTC One M8, M9; LG G3, G4, G Stylo; Google Nexus 5, 6, 7, 9; Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note5, Note Edge, S5, S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Tab S2.

The magenta carrier explains that the update process consists of three stages: Manufacturer Development (point where the carrier and the device manufacturer agree to support a new software update), T-Mobile Testing, and Completed (update launch approved). Currently, aside from the Nexus devices, all other devices in the list are at the first stage.

New Apple TV To Run iOS 9

Apple are expected to release their new Apple TV at their iPhone 6S event next month, we have already heard that the updated set top box will come with apps and games.

Now according to a recent report by Mark Gurman from 9 to 5 Mac, the new Apple TV will be the first of Apple’s TVs that will run a full iOS core.

The updated Apple TV will run Apple’s latest mobile OS, iOS 9, this will be a TV optimized version of Apple’s mobile OS and this will bring a range of new features to the Apple TV.

One of the new features in the next generation Apple TV will be support for Siri, there will also be an improved search feature on the device and you will be able to use voice search with Siri to search for TV shows and movies.

Apple will also apparently release a full SDK for the Apple TV, this will allow developers to create apps and games for the platform in the same way it does with the iPhone and iPad. Apple is also expected to release a new app store which will allow you to download apps and games directly onto the new Apple TV.

The device will get a number of hardware changes which will include a faster processor and more storage for apps and games, there will also be a new remote and the device will feature a new design.

We will have more information on the next generation Apple TV when it is made official at Apple’s iPhone event next month.

Google’s next version of Android is called Marshmallow

San Francisco: Google has give a name to its soon-to-be released operating system for its Android mobile devices: Marshmallow.

The moniker for the 6.0 version of the dominant mobile computing system follows a tradition of using sugary treats for Android including Lollipop (5.0), KitKat (4.4), Jellybean (4.1) and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0).

“Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten center, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows?” product manager Jamal Eason asked in a post on the Android developer blog.

Apple iPhone 6 And iPad Users Fume About iOS 9 Problems

If you are planning on upgrading your iPhone or iPad to the public beta version of iOS 9, you may want to wait. Several people who have updated have complained about losing cell phone service, the device freezing, and lack of stability. Of course, iOS 9 is still a beta version, and Apple even suggested users to do a full iOS 8 backup before upgrading.

The situation has become so dire that Apple no longer is allowing reviews for iOS 9 in the App store. BetaNews describes the situation.

“While the company is keen on getting feedback for the next version of its mobile operating system (just as Microsoft is with the preview builds of Windows 10), there have been concerns that problems with apps during beta testing has led to a swathe of negative reviews in the App Store.”

BetaNews goes on to note that many developers have complained that iOS 9 problems have caused issues with their apps. They believe these problems are definitely due to the instability of iOS 9 rather than the apps themselves. Several on Twitter have also complained.


Despite the complaints, most major media outlets have given the beta version of iOS 9 positive reviews. CNET likes iOS 9 a lot.

“iOS 9 brings changes to Siri, the Maps app, and better search tools. All of which bring Apple’s mobile OS more in line with some of the best features we’ve experienced in both Android and Windows phones and tablets.”

CNET also notes the improved battery life (although some other reviews contradict this), a better Notes app, a much smarter Siri, and public transit information on the Maps app. Trusted Reviews also likes iOS 9.

“While iOS 9 is clearly an update aimed at making the iPad more productive, something it does fantastically well, it doesn’t completely leave the iPhone out in the cold.”

The review goes on to note how much more proactive Siri is as well as the new “Power Saver” mode that is similar to what Android has to offer. It ends by stating what some iOS 9 critics don’t seem to get: This is a work in progress that is not ready for the wider public yet.

By the time the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are released, iOS 9 should be perfected. In order to avoid bad publicity, perhaps Apple should not make any iOS beta previews available to the general public. Have you tried the iOS 9 yet? Let us know in the comments section.


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