Oct 06, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Promises Better Security & Battery For Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 & Nexus Player

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is already in our midst, but just like previous Android OS updates, only a few devices will get this new software update first before the Marshmallow lands more devices in all its soft, sweet glory.

As expected, the Android 6.0 update will arrive first to Nexus devices. On the Official Android blog, a press release published on Monday identified the devices that will get the Marshmallow update before the rest of the Android smartphone and tablet kingdom do. 

The Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 smartphones are the first previously released handsets that will receive the new update. The Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 9 tablets are also onboard this software update. Finally, Google's console, the Nexus Player, will also get the fluffy upgrade. 

Apart from these devices, the recently announced Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will also flaunt the Marshmallow Android update out of the box. 

While owners of the aforesaid devices can now rejoice, other Nexuses didn't really get a say on this when Google dropped them from getting updates. We have the Nexus 7 (2012) tablet, the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10, which, sad to say, shall remain non-updatable to the squishy Marshmallow, though they are still capable of receiving security patches every now and then, as noted by Ars Technica.   

Android 6.0 was first introduced to the public in May, and this week, the newest update of Google's mobile operating system is now available to select devices, boasting its biggest feature the Google Now on Tap, which is a fancy and informational feature displaying shortcuts and Google search data in relevant apps that are running on the device. 

To access this new feature, all the user needs to do is to press the home button for a few seconds, prompting the appearance of a white line on the edges of the display. The white line indicates that Google is looking for recognizable entities that are on display. Once the search is done, results will be shown on the screen comprising info about people, places and many others, according to Venture Beat

There are other beneficial features that come along with the Android Marshmallow update aside from the assistant feature Google Now on Tap. Google promises that this new mobile OS update has battery-smart features and new app permissions and security options that will change the way consumers use their devices. 

In case you own any of the devices stated above and you want to update to Marshmallow, simply open the Settings of your device, select About Tablet before clicking on System Updates. Your device will automatically look for the Android 6.0 update and will notify you once it is ready for download and installation. 

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