Android M Coming To Nexus 5, Nexus 6 On October 5
Even as Google gears up to announce two new Nexus smartphones on September 29 fresh reports have emerged indicating that its latest Android OS iteration, christened Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be coming to previous generation Nexus phones as early as October 5. Android M currently available as a beta preview is expected to go live for the first time on September 29 with the official launch of the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.
According to Mobilesyrup , Android 6.0 Marshmallow will begin rolling out to the 2013’s Nexus 5 and last year’s Nexus 6 on October 5. The report quotes Telus which is Canada’s second largest mobile provider as having leaked the info through its software release schedule. The Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 mention has now been removed from the schedule by Telus. But for the brief period that it was up folks back at Mobilesyrup were quick to grab and post a screenshot of the schedule that indeed shows that the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 will start receiving Android M starting October 5.
Although, the report notes that dates are subject to ‘change’ as cited by Telus, October 5 doesn’t seem all that surprising if you take into account how quickly older Nexus phones are known to get the latest update once Google pushes out its new Nexus device.
Take the Nexus 6 for instance. Officially announced on October 15 last year, the current-gen Nexus flagship was available for buy starting October 29. The Nexus 5, in that case began rolling out starting November 12.
This year, the new Nexus phones developed by LG and Huawei respectively are expected to be announced on September 29. Therefore, Android M hitting Nexus 6 (and Nexus 5) by October 5 could be a possibility. This also means the new Nexus phones may be available for buy a little earlier than the previous generation Nexus.
As for other devices, their schedule for getting the new Android M update shall vary depending on region and carrier as also how and when OEMs start rolling it out (after getting the desired code from Google, that is).
Android M is not what you call a ‘major’ update in Android release cycle. You can call it more of an incremental update that focuses on stability and performance improvements with only a handful of headlining features.