How to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow right now

Android 6.0 Marshmallow - What's new and download links

It’s Marshmallow day. And that can mean only one thing: a stampede to Google’s Android images pages. There us eager early adopters can find links to download Android 6.0, aka “Marshmallow.”

Long-time Nexus users know the drill. Those new to Nexus should follow these instructions before attempting to upgrade your phone or tablet (note: it will require a reset, and wipe the device). It’s not hard, and Google provides clear, simple instructions.

Android images are compatible with the following devices: Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player.

The other option is to — say it ain’t so — wait.

ALSO SEE: Deal: $349 Nexus 6 might be cheapest & fastest way to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Google has started to push OTA system updates, which means you should soon see a notification on your Nexus phone or tablet alerting you to initiate the upgrade. Unlike manually downloading and installing Marshmallow using an image, this is an in-place upgrade. So choose this option (again, wait!) if you don’t want to set-up your device from scratch.

Nexus 6 - Android 6.0 Marshmallow deal
Nexus 6. For only $349 (32GB), one of the best and most affordable ways to experience pure Android greatness that is Marshmallow.

So long as don’t mind a large 6-inch phone, I still believe the Nexus 6 is one of the best avenues to Android 6.0. Yes, it’s last year’s flagship. But that screen is pretty nice, and it runs stock Android, and can be had for a low price with 32GB RAM, a relative bargain compared to the new crop — Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

However you get to Marshmallow, expect refinement, not sweeping changes. Material design remains, as does the overall look and feel of Android, including the three-basic navigation buttons (triangle, square, circle).

Silicon Valley Tech, News, ReviewsWhat’s new in Android 6.0 Marshmallow

What's new in Android 6.0 Marshmallow

  • Google Now On Tap — you can activate Google search from within apps (instead of first navigating to the home screen)
  • App permissions have been simplified — you grant access at point of use (instead of point of installation)
  • Added support for fingerprint sensor (finally!)
  • Android Pay (let’s hope this time Google gets it right)
  • Doze and App Standby should result in improved battery life
  • Other new stuff: updated app drawer, dark theme (great!), USB Type-C support, improved copy and paste, in-Chrome “Custom Tabs”, streamlined settings, Bluetooth Low Energy (“BLE”), and a whole bunch more melty goodness (Google)

Meantime I’m anxious to see what kinds of enhancements and performance improvements Marshmallow brings to the Nexus 9 — it’s been one of my favorite tablets in recent years.

S’more to love,  indeed.

DOWNLOAD: Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Nexus devices (Google direct)