With Android Marshmallow expected to be released tomorrow at the Google event in San Francisco, the inevitable question is which devices that are out there today will get the update. Because of the way that Google handles updates – letting the OEMs do it – The timing and even if a device will see an update is a bit nebulous at best and painful at worst. As we are less than 24 hours away from the event, the list of devices that will be getting Android Marshmallow is starting to become a bit clearer.
Category: Nexus 9
A day after T-Mobile announced they were releasing security updates for the Nexus devices on their network, Google has now published the Factory Images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi and Nexus 9 on the Android developer site. The images are available for anyone to download and install assuming they have root access to their device and are familiar with the procedure. Those who had rather not go through the process can simply wait and the update will be coming to the devices in the coming days via OTA. The build number, for those keeping score at home, is LMY48M and is an update to Android Lollipop as you would expect.
Today only over at HTC, they have a huge sale going on their most popular devices and accessories that are really impressive. While supplies last or the end of the day today, you can get 25% off the M9 Android Phone, 40% off the Nexus 9 Android tablet, 50% off the RE Camera and 50% off accessories for these devices. That means you can pick up the Nexus 9 tablet for example for as low as $239.40.
While HTC as a whole has been struggling, they do make some outstanding devices and their build quality is great. I’ve had plenty of their devices over the years and they always held up well to my daily wear-and-tear.
Earlier this week I posted that Nexus 9 owners were teased with an update to Lollipop 5.0.2 and how it was a bit silly that other Nexus devices were seeing the 5.1.1 update like the older Nexus 7. Well it seems that Google has been on the ball behind the scenes – or has been shamed at least – getting the 5.1 update ready. It is dropping today and you should see the update on your device via an over-the-air update.
For owners of the Google Nexus 9 Android tablet, today is a good day. The over-the-air update to Android Lollipop 5.0.2 is now rolling out and you should check your device to see if you have it available. Navigate to Software Update under About Device and you can check for the update there (or if it is already downloaded to your device, you’ll be prompted to apply the update.
Now for those of you scratching your head and thinking, “But didn’t Google release Android 5.1.1 for other devices, including the older Nexus 7 tablet?” Why yes, yes they did.