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What's new in Android Marshmallow 6.0.1?

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Before most Android devices have even received Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google has released the first update.

Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 is its name, and as that suggests, it's not exactly a major overhaul of Google's latest OS.

So what's new in Marshmallow? Join us as we take a closer look.

New emoji

If you wanted evidence that Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 is no biggie, consider this: the biggest addition is new emoji.

Yep, Google has added a bunch (more than 200) of gurning smiley faces to its mobile OS.

This is kind of correcting a longstanding irritation for Android owners: that iOS Hangouts users seem to get cool new emoji and stickers before they do. Now, with Android 6.0.1, they're all caught up.

Android users now get more of the Unicode 8.0 emoji that Apple added in iOS 9.1.

Ars Technica has pulled out a handy list of these new and improved emoji. We're not sure how we managed without 'man in business suit levitating before,' while the existing 'pile of poo' symbol has finally been given an appropriate level of anthropomorphisation.

Related: Android Marshmallow features

Emoji

Camera shortcut

Okay, so new emoji might be the most eye-catching addition here, but the next feature is far more useful for those with older Nexus phones.

You know that cool double-tap power button camera shortcut the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P came with? Maybe you don't, but it was darned useful.

Now, with Android 6.0.1, owners of the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, and Google's Nexus tablet family can execute the same shortcut.

Related: When will my phone get Marshmallow?

Nexus 6p

Tablet UI

This update is actually quite a significant one for Nexus tablet users.

You know how the main Android navigation keys for back, home, and multitasking are always dead central on the screen? Then you've probably noticed that this means you have to take one hand off the tablet to reach them (or else really stretch your fingers.

Android 6.0.1 changes that, pushing the back and home keys to the far left corner of the screen, and the multitasking key to the far right - right near where your thumbs are likely to be.

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Do not disturb until...

This one's more of a reinstatement than a new feature. For some reason, in Android 6.0, Google removed the handy Do not disturb feature whereby you could opt to mute all notifications until your next alarm.

Android 6.0.1 restores that future to the mix.

Security?

You might see some sites talking about a security component to this Android 6.0.1 update, but that's being a little generous. It just so happens that it has coincided with Google's monthly security update, so it would have come along regardless.

PGrGr

December 10, 2015, 11:34 am

> You know that cool double-tap power button camera shortcut the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P came with? Maybe you don't, but it was darned useful.

How about that?!

Abdul Kalam

December 10, 2015, 3:46 pm

Yes i have got update on my Nexus 5, Only difference i see here camera short cut, hope this will fix "camera cannot connect"

krify(DOT)co

December 11, 2015, 5:43 am

impressive things of Marshmallow !

But in-fact very rare people are fed with using the version 6.0 Marshmallow if compared with Kitkat and Lollipop....

i love the future of Finger print system for security they tried even it needs more work on that and to improve a lot.

nigeldodd

December 16, 2015, 11:25 am

Marshmallow is the first to allow Ext formatting of SD card suggesting that it can use the SD card as an extension of main memory for apps and data storage. However Google's own apps can not be moved to the SD card and even the data associated with them remains on precious internal memory. Other, non-Google, apps are better behaved such as OsmAnd, which stores map data on the SD card. But Google Play Music, for instance, doggedly depletes internal storage for its off-line music data. If the SD card is Ext formatted then it can function as an extension of internal memory and should be used for data where at all possible. Please, Google?

Ibrahim

January 7, 2016, 6:27 pm

i had a nexus 5 but recently got a 6p, when i had the 5 myn also will come up with that message, after a long time of investigating i found the cause of problem is not google but any extra camera app or flash light app that is downloaded from play store, after deleting these the issue was gone. if you have any flash light app's or any other camera extension apps etc. delete them and reboot device then try camera with the stock app.

Ben

January 18, 2016, 9:16 am

In Play Music: Settings -> Downloading -> Storage location. Allows you to switch to external SD card

nigeldodd

January 18, 2016, 10:04 am

Under Settings->Downloading I only have Download only on Wifi, Auto-offline, Clear cache, Manage Downloads. There is no "Storage Location" on my version 6.2.2224U.

oporus

June 5, 2016, 10:00 am

On my Samsung Tab A ... bluetooth keyboard works on everything except Twitter. Something to do with new emojis ?

AndrTech

July 5, 2016, 5:16 am

The Android M is the latest OS so far. But Android N will be come out soon in July or August. I have bought a budget Android 6.0 smartphone, Bluboo Maya at only $69.99, I can get it soon.

lilmishy

July 6, 2016, 1:17 pm

As soon as I updated it seems now I can't use my mobile data. I loved the update until that. Now i'm going between Samsung and Telstra blaming the other one as to why it's not working. It's the update as my sim works fine in another phone.

xIzk99

August 21, 2016, 3:27 am

Upgraded to a new phone (HTC 10) with Marshmallow 6.01. Until Google implements a way to update kernel vulnerabilities without depending on a carrier OTA update, security will always be a concern. And this new on-demand app model is more annoying than anything else. Still had to install Xposed + AppOps and Boot Manager to lock down apps properly as there is no controls to stop junk apps from starting up automatically.

Coming from KitKat, I don't see many improvements just more frivolous options that I probably would never be using. At least Marshmallow doesn't look so Fisher-Pricey/designed by clowns on acid as compared to Lollipop, but its still ugly and flat.

Abdul Almeen

August 30, 2016, 2:34 pm

It s a terrible software update ever !. all the app are so large. cant edit to our prefered setting like the previous software. I think this software doesn't suit S5. worst!

paul vaz

August 31, 2016, 12:28 am

Hi all, I've found an Easter egg ... A flappy bird like :) I like to call it flappy droid :)
And it start like this... Go to settings, at the bottom you'll find the information button, get in and you will find the information tag about your android version. Tap that tag three or four times quickly and a logo of android will appear.
Now it is a bit tricky, to be able to play, you'll have to draw a circle with your finger around the logo until the game starts, and you will now that you are doing good when you'll see the color around the android's head start to fade ;)
Have a nice time :)

Golfer

September 8, 2016, 2:51 pm

Congratulations on being the last person on the planet to discover this.

Dan Pianetto

October 5, 2016, 7:39 pm

Did they do away with the ability to change the sound notifications or turn the sound off? I can find where you can stop app notifications, but it seems to be all or nothing now.

Alex B

October 15, 2016, 12:23 am

I have a Galaxy S5. Android 6 is terrible. Bad battery life, screen freeze, very lagging and not responsive and hard to awake to unlock.
Flashed it back to lollipop and very happy.
Those with galaxy s5, do not update or u will regret it

Istvan Jonyer

October 18, 2016, 4:25 pm

Just disable Samsung Voice and OK Google, and you'll be fine. I had the same issue.

TimBhoy

November 29, 2016, 11:22 am

Unfortunately, being the naive person I am, I assumed that a new OS being rolled out would have been thoroughly tested, so I upgraded my HTC One M8 (I'd like to use a different word to upgraded). Alas, now that bluetooth no longer communicates with my car and a couple of other things no longer work as they did, I will not make that mistake again in the future.
I'd like to revert but that's new territory for me. How easy is it to flash it back?

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