Android 6.0.1 factory images for Nexus devices available

This morning, Google officially announced that the Android 6.0.1 update will begin rolling out to Nexus devices. This update is the “emoji” OTA everyone has been waiting for since last week. The announcement itself was accompanied by the release of the factory images for those who are not keen on waiting.   Android 6.0.1 is supported by Nexus devices at the moment, including Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9 and Nexus 7 (2013). The update is arriving under the form of build MMB29K for most devices, with Nexus 6P and Nexus Player getting build MMB29M.   Other builds for older Android OS versions have also been released:   6.0.0(MMB29N) for Nexus 6P 5.1.1(LMY48Z) for Nexus 9 LTE 5.1.1(LMY48Z) for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE 5.1.1(LMY48Z) for Nexus 10.   Source: Google Devs factory images, Google Devs binaries

Android 6.0.1 rolling out to Nexus devices – much needed taco emoji included!

A Google official teased an Android update in a Tweet last week and now it is time for Nexus owners to actually see their new emojis. Android 6.0.1 is codenamed the “emoji update” by everyone because its most important changes are more emojis and some changed and upgraded existing emojis. The rollout is already in motion, but it will take a little bit of time to get to all supported nexus devices. The rest of us will have to wait for a little while longer to get the OTA, but it is coming.       Apart from the updated and increased number of emojis, this update brings a new navigation button placement for tablets with back and home on the left and overview on the right, a new “Until next alarm” option when you activate DND and some security updates.       The most sought after new emojis are the taco, the unicorn, a much improved poo emoji with eyes and less stinkyness and the revamped hands in the air emoji.   Android 6.0.1 is supported by Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus Player. If you have a different mobile device, you will have to wait for a little longer to enjoy the taco emoji!   Source: +Nexus  

Black Friday deals by Google Store: get cheaper Nexus devices and more!

Google Store is ready for its own Black Friday deals and if you are a fan of the Nexus products or you just want to try the native Android experience, now is the time to give it a shot with one of their devices. The deals below you will be able to get until Monday, but they last as long as the inventories do, so you have to hurry to get something.       Google managed to do something great and extend returns for purchases made during Black Friday and ranging until December 22nd, and you can now return the device you bought by January 22nd 2016 if you are unhappy with it. Here are the Black Friday deals from Google:     Nexus 9 at $200 off ($199, cheaper than the HTC deal) Nexus 5X is $80 off Huawei Watch $80 off the silver version ($319) and $100 off the black version ($299) Nexus cases 50% off LG G Watch Urbane is $70 cheaper, selling for $279 Chromecast and Chromecast Audio two for $50 and you can match them however you see fit Nest Cam $169, $30 cheaper Nest Thermostat 3rd Gen – $50 Play Store credit with the purchase.   Go ahead and check the stocks, folks! Get them while they’re still hot or you’ll miss them!   Source: Google Store

Marshmallow OTA ZIP files are here along with factory images!

Marshmallow is finally live and now the factory images are up as well. Google just announced the update on its Android blog and you can find the flash images on the AOSP as well. This is version Android 6.0.0 and it is coming to devices like the Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9 and Player.     This update brings devices to build version MRA58K.   The big problem now is that you can wait for the official update to reach your device – if you have one of the aforementioned Nexii – for days or even weeks! Or you can just get one of the ZIP files below to make things faster. Be sure you back up your phone before flashing the ZIP file, just in case anything goes wrong. You can get the factory images HERE and below you can find the OTA file ZIPs: Nexus 6 International – 5.1.1 LMY48M → 5.1.1 LMY48T(this is the October security patch) Nexus 7 2013 LTE 5.1.1LMY48P → 6.0 MRA58K Nexus 7 2013 WiFi 5.1.1LMY8P → 6.0 MRA58K Nexus 9 LTE 5.1.1LMY48T → 6.0 MRA58K Nexus 9 WiFi 5.1.1LMY48T → 6.0 MRA58K   Note: If you choose the OTAs, you my have to flash the October security patch first, before being able to flash the Marshmallow OTA. Happy Flashing!

Android 6.0 officially rolling out next week

Android 6.0 starts rolling out to devices as soon as next week. The first to get Google’s freshest android experience are, of course, the Nexus devices, namely Nexus 6, 5, 7 (2013), 9 and Player. Marshmallow will get to devices probably starting October 5th, as specified in some leaks, and that is also the date when the OS gets to the AOSP.       The OTA rollout will probably be slow but zip files will be relatively easily procured and then everyone will be able to taste the Marshmallow.   The first devices to launch with the freshest Android 6.0 OS are the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, of course. The devices were also launched today and they can already be pre-ordered.     On a side-note, the Android page has suffered some changes to match the new operating system. The site now features highlights such as Now on Tap, permission support and smart battery usage. You can also find dozens of new things related to the Marshmallow update (interactive animations included).   Source: Marshmallow Android

Android Marshmallow 6.0 rollouts starting October 5th – which Nexus devices get it?

Android Marshmallow 6.0 will begin rolling out to Nexus devices starting October 5th, and that is not all, because it will be released on AOSP as well. Google has been testing their newest OS over the summer and some developer previews have been floating around too, but nothing compares to the real deal. The official roll-out is scheduled to start on October 5th and it will probably be slow, as there are many devices out there that will take it.     The update ZIPs will save us all though, as they will surely be ready for use in a jiffy. Factory images will also be available just in case you need to flash back to stock Android or if you have a rooted smartphone.   October 5th marks the date for the final Marshmallow code to be pushed to AOSP as well.   Which devices get Android Marshmallow?   The big question arises! Who gets the update first? Well, the Nexus devices, of course! Android 6.0 will roll-out to Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013) and 9 and the Nexus Player will get it too, but Nexus 4, 7 (2012) and Nexus 10 are not getting any marshmallows. These devices are cursed to Lollipop fever forever. Their hardware could sustain an update, but the devs probably don’t want to work on a three-year-old device. Tough luck!