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October 5, 2015

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Coming to Nexus Devices

Google is now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Nexus devices in an over-the-air software update.

The factory images can be downloaded directly to get the latest version of the operating system for Nexus 5Nexus 6Nexus 7 (2013)Nexus 7 Mobile (2013), Nexus 9Nexus 9 LTE and Nexus Player.

The company also debuted Now On Tap — a tool that answers users questions —as part of the update.

“With Now on Tap, if you tap and hold down the home button of your Android phone, Google Now will show you quick info about the movie and restaurant and help you jump into the right apps to read reviews, see the menu, and reserve a table,” Google said. “Once you’re done, the back button will take you right back to your messaging app so you can respond to your friend.”

Android Marshmallow is mostly geared toward improving user experience, but also adds new features.

One of the key changes is the control of app permissions. Users will be able to choose to grant permission for apps to run, meaning developers will be able to have their apps operate faster once a user gives the sign-off.

Marshmallow will have the ability to detect if a phone has been left on while not being used and will feature native fingerprint support allowing Android Pay users to confirm a purchase with their fingerprint. Fingerprint can also be used to unlock devices and make purchases on Google Play.