We expected Google to confirm the Android 6.0 Marshmallow public release for existing Nexus devices at its event today and the company has not disappointed, it has just confirmed that Android 6.0 for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player is going to be released very soon. A purported release date was already leaked yesterday and from the looks of it the date was spot on.
Granted that Google didn’t really provide a confirmed date today but it did say that Android 6.0 will be released for the aforementioned devices “next week,” the date leaked yesterday is October 5th, and that’s when Marshmallow will be released to the public in all likelihood.
Nexus devices have one big advantage over all other Android device and that’s the fact that they receive software updates directly from Google. Even though Google will be rolling out Marshmallow shortly it’s still going to take some time before OEMs and carriers catch up.
Folks who grow tired of waiting for the OTA update to arrive for their Nexus device can always get their hands on the firmware build from Google and manually flash their devices, it works just as well but the process might be a bit daunting for first-timers.
As for people who own compatible devices made by third-party OEMs, who knows how long the wait for Marshmallow is going to be.