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Android Marshmallow is the 6.0 release of Google’s mobile operating system.

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Granular App Permissions

Following yesterday’s rumors of more granular app permissions, we received confirmation of exactly that. The new app permissions will make it faster for developers to get new users up and running in their apps by only requesting permissions as the app needs them. For users, permissions are now being simplified into several easy to understand categories like Location, Camera, Microphone, and more. Users will also be able to go into the Settings menu of their phone at any time and revoke all or specific permissions as they please.

Chrome Custom Tabs

Google is bringing the features and capabilities that users have come to love from the Chrome browser to in-app webviews. Available in the Chrome Dev Channel today and rolling out to users in Q3 this year, Chrome Custom Tabs gives users looking at a webpage through an in-app webview sign-in and caching of web services, saved passwords, autofill, and multi-process security (i.e. two-factor authentication). Developers will be able to customize the webview to their liking with buttons as well as options in an overflow menu, and also pre-fetch any links before the user clicks on them so they’ll load quickly. The company shared how Chrome Custom Tabs will work with a Pinterest integration showing off a “Pin It” button in the menu bar at the top of the webview as well as a “See related Pins” button in the overflow menu.

App Links

Following up on yesterday’s rollout of App Indexing of iOS apps in Google’s native Search and Chrome applications, Google is revamping its intents system to provide a more powerful cross-app linking capability. App developers can now add an “autoVerify” attribute to their application manifest to indicate to Android that the links they claim they support should be verified by the platform at the time of the app’s installation. Android will then make a request to the servers associated with the links and look for a file containing the name and signature of the application, and if it successfully verifies that the app owns the links it claims to, when a user with the application installed clicks on a link owned by the app, it’ll push the user to the app without opening an intents menu.

Android Pay

Following that Android Pay logo we saw this morning, Google detailed its Android Pay mobile payment service coming to Android M.

Android Pay includes the ability to pay for goods in retail stores using Android phones and NFC while users can also make payments within apps for buying digital goods. Users will be able to plug in existing debit and credit cards from supported banks, and Android Pay has carrier support to ensure Android Pay is setup on new devices sold through vendors.

Android Pay will be available through Google’s own app, and banking apps will be able to integrate the service in their own apps. Google says over 700,000 stores across the United States will be Android Pay ready in addition to many Google Play apps as well.

Fingerprint Support

Android M will include standardized fingerprint recognition support as well to leverage the fingerprint sensors that have been shipping on Android phones for years. Android Pay will use this sensor as a payment approval method as part of the mobile payment process.

Google says that at launch any app developer will be able to make use of the new fingerprint APIs in Android M to add support for fingerprint authentication to their own apps. One example the company provided of how fingerprint support might work in a third-party app was the Target app. Users will be able to, when they install the app, associate their login credentials and payment information with their fingerprint so that when they go to complete a purchase all they’ll have to do to confirm the order is place their fingerprint on the sensor.

Power & Charging

Through a new feature called “Doze,” Google is making Android smarter about managing power. Doze will use “significant motion detection” to learn when a device is being left unattended for an extended period of time, and exponentially back off background activity to go into a deeper state of sleep for longer battery life. While the device is dozing it will still be possible to trigger alarms or respond to incoming chat requests from high-priority messages.

Google says they took two Nexus 9’s, putting Lollipop on one and M on the other with all the same apps installed and processes running, and found that devices on M tend to last up to 2x longer on standby.

In terms of power and charging, the company also announced that they’ve been working closely with device manufacturers to bring new devices to the market which take advantage of USB Type-C for charging. Since Type-C USB cables are bidirectional, meaning you can send data or power in either direction, Android M will provide more control over what you can do with the cable plugged into your device. Instead of just charging your phone through the cable, for example, you could choose to instead send power from your phone to the charger it’s connected to.

Google “Now on Tap”

Last but most definitely not least, Google Now is getting a bit smarter at figuring out what you want more information on based on your context within the phone experience.

Coming soon to over 100 third-party apps, Google Now will proactively surface specific actions from within apps on your phone as it thinks you’ll need them. Examples they provided in the keynote include surfacing the ability to request an Uber from Now once you land at the airport or surfacing your favorite Pandora station when Now knows you’re at a public transit station.

But the company is going even further than that, and will allow you to take advantage of Google Now from wherever you are on your phone and without having to be super specific with your request. So if your friend texts you a restaurant suggestion for dinner, by tapping and holding the home button Now will figure out what you’re wanting to get more info about, in this case a certain restaurant you were texted about, and deliver a card to you from the bottom of the screen with more information on the place. The company also demonstrated this from within Spotify, with a user listening to a song from Skrillex able to ask Now “what’s the real name of this artist” and have it pull up that information without the user even needing to indicate which artist they’re even referring to, because they asked from within the app with the artist already playing. This new feature of Google Now is called “Now on Tap” and will be rolled out with Android M.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories March 2, 2017

Google Assistant begins rollout to more Android phones as device requirements specified

Announced at MWC over the weekend, Google Assistant is officially rolling out to more Android phones starting today. Beyond needing Android Marshmallow or Nougat, Google has also specified some other device requirements.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories November 29, 2016


Earlier today we showed you the Barnes and Noble NOOK 7″, a new competitor to Amazon’s popular $50 Fire Tablet. So far, we’re pretty impressed with what we’re seeing, but as we dig in further, we’re finding more and more about this tablet that continues to make us ask the question: how is this only $50?

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories October 6, 2016

zenwatch 3

ASUS first launched the ZenFone 3 lineup quite a while ago, and first mentioned its new ZenWatch 3 at IFA last month. But it wasn’t until now that we had any information on when any of these devices would launch in the US. It looks like all of the ZenFone 3 variants are now up for pre-order on ASUS’ website (watch assumably coming soon), and should be shipping within the month…

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories October 2, 2016

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow now rolling out to the OnePlus X

Starting today, the OnePlus X will begin to receive an over the air update to OxygenOS 3.1.3 which brings with it Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Although the company released a community build that brought the updated firmware to the OnePlus X about a month ago, this is this first stable build to roll-out to customers…

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories September 13, 2016


Released at the tail end of last month, Nougat has yet to be installed on enough devices to register in September’s Android distribution numbers. Meanwhile, Marshmallow continues its steady adoption at 18.7%, while all other versions are in decline.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories September 6, 2016

First Nougat security patch rolling out with September update, factory images and OTAs now available

The first Android security patches for Nougat devices are rolling out now as part of the September security update. With Google having yet to upload the Android 7.0 factory images for some Nexus devices, there are several patches for Marshmallow.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories August 31, 2016

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is making its way to the Asus ZenFone 2

Asus announced in a blog post today that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will finally be rolling out to the ZenFone 2. Although this update comes almost a year after Marshmallow was released, this update will bring familiar features such as Google Now on Tap, application permissions, and Doze to one of the best budget phones of 2015.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories August 27, 2016

AT&T begins Android Marshmallow rollout for the Samsung Galaxy S5

As is usual at this point, AT&T and Samsung have begun pushing out yet another update to last year’s Android version… almost exactly a year late. This time it’s at least to a relatively older phone, the ye ol’ flagship Samsung Galaxy S5…

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories August 26, 2016

xperia x perf

I’m already late to the game on this one, but now seemed just as good a time as ever to share some of my thoughts on Sony’s mid-2016 flagship performer. Basically, this is the Xperia X with a Snapdragon 820. We already gave you our full review of the Xperia X, and most of what we said there rings true with this phone. It’s a nice handset with a high-quality build and all the features you would expect from a smartphone. Here’s what stands out to me about this version of the device, though…

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories August 22, 2016


Microsoft’s efforts to get Windows Phone off the ground have never been very successful, but there’s one thing it was very good at, cheap phones. When an Android phone costs $100 we are all impressed, but back in 2013 Microsoft and Nokia turned heads with the insanely cheap Lumia 520. That little phone later proved to be one of the most popular Windows Phone devices ever, and now a developer over on XDA has hacked Android onto it and its successor.

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OnePlus’ lower-end and budget-er OnePlus X has drawn the short stick when it comes to software updates, but now the company has finally released — after almost a year being stuck on Lollipop — the phone’s first build of OxygenOS based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow…

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories August 16, 2016

honor 8

Huawei-owned Honor has today announced that the phone it announced for China last month  — the Honor 8 — is coming to the United States. Following up on the budget Honor 5X that marked the company’s first phone for the US earlier this year, Honor is now introducing a glass-backed phone at a middle-of-the-road price and specs that are definitely on the higher end…

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories August 3, 2016


Following Marshmallow’s biggest jump last month, Android 6.0 is now on 15.2% of all Android devices according to the August distribution numbers. With Nougat near release, Marshmallow is likely going to be eclipsed as the newest version of Android in next month’s data.

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We live in an era of information overload, there’s no doubt about that, and with all the apps and services we use constantly asking for our attention it has become easier than ever to feel as if we were drowning in way too many communication services.

BlackBerry has been working on a solution to this problem for Android users, which it is officially announcing today

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories August 1, 2016

August security patch for Nexus devices rolling out, factory images and OTAs now available

Several leaks over the weekend suggested that the Android Security Bulletin would be released on August 5th this month. While the patch date may be set to this Friday, the Nexus factory images and OTAs are already rolling out. Like in July, there are two sets of security bugs as part of the August security bulletin.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories July 12, 2016


Finally passing 10% last month, Android Marshmallow continues to grow in this month’s distribution numbers. At 13.3%, the 8-month old operating system has yet to surpass any individual version of Lollipop or even KitKat. Hopefully, Android 7.0 Nougat will fare significantly better this time next year.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories July 11, 2016


The Huawei-made Honor 5X has topped our picks for a budget smartphone for quite some time, however there have always been some caveats. The heavy software skin atop Android on this device has never been great, but just last week Huawei rolled out a major update to the Honor 5X with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and EMUI 4.0 in tow. While there isn’t a lot on the surface that has changed, this one update has made the Honor 5X a much better budget smartphone.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories July 7, 2016

Honor 5X now receiving Android Marshmallow and EMUI 4.0


The Honor 5X has received a lot of press spotlight this year as a great budget Android offering from Chinese company Huawei, and now it’s finally receiving something else: Android Marshmallow…

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories July 6, 2016

July security patch for Nexus devices rolling out, factory images and OTAs now available

Update 7/11: July’s security patch for the Pixel C is now available. Download the factory image and OTA now.

The Android Security Bulletin is usually released the first Monday of every month. With July 4th being a holiday, it was assumed that the patches would be available next week. However, Nexus factory images and OTAs with patches for a large number of vulnerabilities are actually available today.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories July 5, 2016

PSA: AT&T’s Galaxy S6 Active now receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow

AT&T is today beginning its rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the Galaxy S6 active. The phone is the latest to receive the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, which was first announced in the summer of 2015…

The best Android phones you can buy [July 2016]

It’s already July, and with an ever-increasing number of notable Android OEMs reaching maturity, we’ve seen more new handsets than usual launch this summer. We had the Huawei Mate 8 and Honor 5X at CES in January, followed later by Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and others around the time of Mobile World Congress, and last month saw the new OnePlus 3 and Moto Z. But which ones are the best buys?…

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories June 22, 2016

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is finally available on the AT&T Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+

If you need another reason why Google should release its internal OEM and carrier rankings, look at AT&T’s rollout of Android Marshmallow for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+. The update is only now hitting customer devices after it’s been available on Verizon and Sprint for three months.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories June 15, 2016


Android has long had issues with audio latency that resulted in a lack of audio editing apps. To remedy this, Marshmallow introduced a professional audio requirement last year. Now, NVIDIA’s Shield Tablet K1 meets those requirements thanks to a software update currently rolling out.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories June 14, 2016


Today we’re taking a look at the recently announced OnePlus 3. I’ve only had this phone for a couple of days, so don’t expect a full review just yet. But instead, our initial impressions with more to come…

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories June 9, 2016

Paranoid Android 2016Following the acquisition by OnePlus back in February 2015, most of the team working on the Paranoid Android ROM fled to the Chinese company’s shore to work on the Oxygen OS, which eventually made its way to the OnePlus 2 and its sibling smartphones.

There was no indication that the team would make a comeback, but as per a post released today, it looks like death previsions were everything but right…

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories June 8, 2016

PSA: Android Marshmallow finally on its way to the Alcatel IDOL 3

After an extended wait, Alcatel has today announced that it is finally rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to last year’s popular budget device, the IDOL 3. The update is available starting today for ‘unlocked IDOL 3 devices’, presumably both the 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch models.

Jeopardy 6-7-16 Pt. 3 - YouTube 2016-06-08 11-15-39

We know that Android has an updates problem. In the most recent Android distribution report yesterday, we learned that Android Marshmallow has just barely edged past 10% adoption 8 months after it first started rolling out to devices.

But apparently, despite all the people-friendly marketing that Google does with its mobile OS software updates (and more recently, the Nexus phones), there’s this persistent complete ignorance about Android in general. How can Google motivate people to update to Android Marshmallow — much less care about what it offers — if they don’t even know what the OS is called?

Of course they could (or not) go the Apple route and create a situation with complete control over the entire ecosystem, but Google’s tactic of trying to make OS updates familiar and friendly is about as much as it can do for now. Apparently it’s not working, and this is perfectly illustrated in a recent round of Jeopardy! where two contestants both thought that Marshmallow is the name of iOS 6.0…

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories May 31, 2016

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 gets Android Marshmallow

Android has some problems. One of those is that it takes pretty much forever for its OEMs to update their devices. That trend doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. But if you’re an owner of Verizon’s Galaxy S5 and have been waiting (un)patiently to have somewhat modern software, worry no more: your phone is finally getting updated to Android Marshmallow starting today…

Sony brings its budget-friendly Xperia E5 to the market

In the myriad of flagship devices that get announced almost every month, we tend to forget that a big chunk of Android customers comprises people that care little about all the fancy features higher-end devices carry, and mostly need a tool to get a few things done.

That’s the market Sony is targeting with its latest handset. After quickly retracting all mentions of the Xperia E5 from social media briefly after unveiling it last week, the Japanese firm is officially announcing the device today

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories May 17, 2016

Xperia XA Ultra

Sony‘s moves in the mobile space continue to be somewhat confusing, as the company’s dedicated division continues to underperform, but that is not stopping the Japanese firm cranking out new and increasingly weird smartphones.

Today is the turn of the XA Ultra — which we had previously seen rumored as C6 Ultra — which packs fairly unique specs, namely its 16MP front facing camera and a monster 6-inch panel…

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Leak shows the Moto G4 Plus in all of its retail glory [Photos]

We are hours away from Motorola‘s event in New Delhi, where the Lenovo-owned company is expected to fully unveil its new Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus smartphones.

As it often happens, however, the closer we get to an event the more leaks tend to pour, and this time it’s no exception…

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories May 6, 2016

Despite having unveiled its new Xperia X lineup at MWC earlier this year — replacing its Z series of flagshipsSony seems to have taken a confusing path. The X Performance, which is the highest-end model of the three, can’t claim to be a true successor to its older Z5 brother, because of both largely identical specs and scarce worldwide availability.

In the UK, for instance, the X Performance is the only unavailable model of the family. According to a Sony spokesperson, however, the device “may ultimately make it to the country” (via TechRadar), while fans of big phones may soon get their hands on the C6 Ultra model, a 6″ monster that @OnLeaks is now showing in all of its 3D-rendered glory…

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories May 3, 2016

Marshmallow continues steady rise w/ 7.5% adoption in May Android distribution numbers

As we approach Google I/O 2016, where we’ll learn more about Android N, Marshmallow continues its steady rise and is now on 7.5% of all devices.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories May 2, 2016

honor 5x

After Chinese company Huawei introduced the phone for the US in January of this year, I gave the Honor 5X a full review. But maybe you can’t even call it that. More than a review, it was mostly just some thoughts on the phone that I had pent up after an exhausting week at CES. Basically, the gist was this (although I recommend you read the whole thing): You get a lot for your money ($200) on the hardware side of things with the Honor 5X, but the software leaves a lot (and, really, I mean a lot) to be desired. After that, the phone sat in my drawer and I hadn’t touched it since.

Until yesterday…

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories April 27, 2016


Yesterday, BlackBerry finally started pushing out the Android Marshmallow for the PRIV. And while it contains everything we already know about Marshmallow, BlackBerry added a few new useful and cool features of its own.

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Albeit having been released months ago, much like all of its predecessors, the latest Android version, Marshmallow, is still running only on a relatively small number of devices. Much of it can be attributed to carriers and third party manufacturers, which often take a lot of time to properly re-skin, release certifications, and eventually give the green light to updates.

Fortunately for Verizon customers, however, it looks like Google‘s latest software is beginning its rollout for the Droid Turbo 2. In a note released on Tuesday on Google Plus, Motorola‘s David Schuster confirmed that the upgrade is in “full deployment”…

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories April 26, 2016

HTC unveils the One S9, a mid-range metal phone powered by the Helio X10

The HTC 10 flagship has just been announced, but the Taiwanese OEM does not seem to be stopping with One-related launches. First spotted on the company’s German website, HTC has now officially revealed the unexpected mid-range One S9…


After a few weeks testing the software with a select group of beta participants, BlackBerry is finally rolling out the Android Marshmallow update for the PRIV from today. It comes with all the usual Marshmallow features, as well as some performance improvements and a handful of additional features for BlackBerry’s custom UI, keyboard and apps.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories April 16, 2016

LG G5 Unboxing First Thoughts

After making a huge splash at this year’s Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona, the LG G5 is now available for purchase. Thanks to the handset’s modular design, which nabbed it an award for 2016’s best innovation of MWC, it stands out from the rest of this year’s flagship releases. Is the modular design enough to make the LG G5 a better buy than competing 2016 flagship offerings? expand full story

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories April 14, 2016

HTC 10 Review

As an “Apple guy” the HTC 10 has been the one smartphone that I’ve immediately identified with in the Android ecosystem. That’s not to say that there haven’t been other Android devices that I’ve enjoyed or wanted to use, but I’ve always connected with HTC.

That probably has something to do with the fact that the HTC Wizard was the first “smart” phone I’ve ever owned. That phone ran the now defunct Windows Mobile and featured a resistive touch screen. Needless to say, I’ve long been a fan of the Taiwanese company, and its passion and desire to put out well-designed products continues to resonate with me in 2016.

So it’s with great empathy and concern that HTC has been struggling as of late. To be honest, the HTC 10 feels like the company’s make or break — the major fork in the road, if you will.

It’s very possible that the HTC 10 will be the release that paves a path to one of two destinations. Fortunately, I can report that this is a phone that’s good enough to pave that path in the right direction. It’s a phone that lives up to its billing, and in many ways exceeds expectations. It’s definitely not perfect, but it’s the best-looking and most complete HTC offering that we’ve seen thus far. expand full story

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories April 13, 2016


When the first developer preview of Android N was released a few weeks ago, one of the features we noticed first was the ability to adjust screen DPI. In essence, this display scaling feature allows users to change the size of icons and text across the entire user interface.

While they don’t run Android N yet, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge also have a similar feature baked in to their software. Until recently, the only way to access the option was to install Nova Launcher and add a quick-action ‘DisplayScalingActivity’ widget. Thanks to the most recent software update though (as noted by SamMobile), it’s now part of the display settings options.

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Just over a week ago we brought you news that BlackBerry was starting up a beta program for PRIV owners who wanted early access to the Android Marshmallow update. The idea is simple: Get a wide base of users testing and sending diagnostics, in return, they get the latest software and BlackBerry gets to identify and iron out any bugs before the public rollout. Right on schedule, the first batch of beta testers will get access to the OS from today, before a wider beta rollout begins.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories April 12, 2016

HTC 10 Review

We’ve had the HTC 10 all weekend, and wanted to share with you our first hands-on look. Of all of the flagship devices that we’ve seen in 2016, the HTC 10 is easily the prettiest.

The chamfered edges on the front of the HTC 10 lend a design reminiscent of jewelry, and the extra wide light-reflecting chamfer on the rear of the phone adds even more flair to the first impression. Have a look at our hands-on preview for a first-hand glimpse at HTC’s 2016 flagship. expand full story

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories April 11, 2016

Android Marshmallow now rolling out to Galaxy S6 in Canada, LG V10 on T-Mobile

Android Marshmallow is making perhaps the slowest crawl ever in adoption, only just recently managing to find itself installed on a measly 4% of Android devices. Now, reports suggest that more handsets are finally getting the latest version. In today’s updates, we’re hearing of Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge owners getting Android Marshmallow in Canada, as well as users of T-Mobile’s LG v10…

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories April 8, 2016

Android Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 begins international rollout

Months after early pre-release versions of the software allegedly appeared on some Galaxy Note 4 units, the official Android Marshmallow rollout has started.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories April 7, 2016

Android Marshmallow update for OnePlus One in ‘final testing stage’, rolling out ‘very soon’

While its fans eagerly wait for the next ‘flagship killer’, OnePlus has been quietly working on making sure those with the first generation model aren’t left behind. Android Marshmallow for the OnePlus One has been in testing, and is now in its final stages. A public software rollout is on the very near horizon…

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Stories April 5, 2016


Nearly six months after release, Android 6.0 barely reached 2% usage in March. Helped by flagship devices and OEM updates from Samsung and LG, however, Marshmallow adoption has doubled in the past month.

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