It has been almost two months since Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The last version of Android was 5.1 Lollipop. Instead of going for smaller upgrade path, Google decided to go for an overhaul.
Marshmallow is no departure from the usual Android version nomenclature; always named after some delicious food. The practice dates back to Android 1.5 Cupcake. At the time, the small Android engineering project team was prone to eating junk food during the long programming sessions.
But very few Android phones and tablets that are currently running Marshmallow. Google released the operating system for developers who are expected to design apps for the system that will be uploaded on the Play Store.
What are the new features on Marshmallow? The new version decorates Android by giving it more muscles like stringent control of background processes and battery usage. This will let you take control of irrational applications that run in the background and consume battery power.
Marshmallow includes application data backup and a’ Google Now on Tap’ contextual search. Smartphones of today are computers in their own right and can contain a lot of your data and intelligent data backup tools are a must.
That leaves you wondering as to when your Android phone can receive the 6.0 upgrade? If you are in a hurry, you may just want to budget for the upcoming Google’s Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P. These phones will be the first to run the new OS and will come preloaded with Marshmallow.
For those that have Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9 your update is on the way; that is if you have not already been prompted to upgrade. If you have an HTC Android phone, you may have to wait for a little while before you are able to migrate. HTC announced that HTC one M9 and One M8 will receive the update by the end of the year. HTC further announced that it would be launching an Android 6.0-powered phone and tablet on October 20.
For those that have HTC One M7, the bad news is that HTC will not have any upgrade path for them.
Motorola will roll upgrades for the following selected smartphone: Moto X Pure Edition, Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto G and Moto G 4G, Moto Maxx and Moto Turbo.
Samsung did well in rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop. This time around, the company has listed the following devices as candidates for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow: Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Duos, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 4 Duos, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Tab A.
If your Android device is not listed, don’t despair, you may be able to migrate to the new operating system with third party support.
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