About a week ago Google released Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 for Nexus devices including the Nexus 6. Today T-Mobile has begun rolling it out to customers with Nexus 6’s on their network via an OTA update. There are a few notable changes in 6.0.1 which you can read about here but the bigger picture here is the speed at which T-Mobile got this update out to their customers. I, along with countless others in the tech writing community, have harped on endlessly about how long it takes carriers to push out updates after Google releases them. T-Mobile, for their part, is getting the job done and getting it done fast. That will only benefit their customers who will have up-to-date software and the latest security fixes. Contrast this with another major carrier here in the US, AT&T, who have still not pushed out Marshmallow 6.0 to their Nexus 6 customers.
But I digress…
Of particular importance to T-Mobile users, this update to Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 contains support for the carrier’s LTE Band 12, which will give better throughput in buildings and rural areas. I have upgraded my unlocked Nexus 6 to 6.0.1 and can confirm through LTE Discovery that Band 12 is supported.
For those of you on T-Mobile with a Nexus 6, you should start seeing the update at any point now via an OTA update. This update is small at around 70MB so the update, which will require a
reboot of your phone, will be considerably quicker than the update from Android Lollipop to Android Marshmallow 6.0.
With T-Mobile starting the roll out of the OTA today, it could be a few days before you see it hit your device but it should happen soon. If you are a Nexus 6 owner on the T-Mobile network, leave a comment here or on Google+ to let me know how the update went for you.