Google launches Android 6.0.1 on Nexus phones and tablets (update)

Patrick O'Rourke

December 7, 2015 1:05pm

Despite the fact that a very small number of Android smartphones have the ability to install Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google is pushing forward with Android 6.0.1.

The latest version of Google’s operating system adds 200 new emoji, including the all-important taco, unicorn and block of cheese emojis. These new emojis have been available to iOS and Windows 10 users for a few weeks now but are finally coming to Android.

Other notable emojis releasing on Android today include a field hockey stick, popcorn, bow and arrow and an expressive but upset cat.

Reddit users have noted that the multi-racial emoji added to the iPhone and iPad with the release of iOS 9.1 are absent from this emoji collection. Google says it’s shared Android 6.0.1 with its OEM parters like Samsung, HTC and Motorola. It’s unclear when Android manufacturers such as Samsung, which heavily alters the stock versions of emoji, will add this new collection of Unicode to their devices.

The update also brings a few small change to Android tablets. The “Back” and “Home” Android navigation buttons are no longer centered and are located on the left hand side of the display’s base. The do not disturb “Until Next Alarm” option also makes a return, allowing users to switch between silent and priority notifications with ease. While this feature is part of Android 5.1, it didn’t come to Android until 6.0.

If you own a recently released Nexus device like the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P you’ll likely be able to get your hands on Android 6.0.1 very soon.

For a full list of emoji included in the update check out this link.

Update: the Android 6.0.1 factory images are now available to download. The update can be grabbed on the following devices: Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013).

  • Raj Singh

    This is out of hand. Google needs to find a way to directly push these updates out to devices, not just the Nexus lineup.
    By the time OEMs get around to 6.0.1, there will be two or three more updates by then.

    • Pascal Bouffard

      Buy nexus next time if you care about updates.

    • Raj Singh

      No. On a macro scale, this is something Google should address.
      Yes. On a micro scale, I should buy a Nexus if I want updates pronto.

    • Pascal Bouffard

      How to address it? Google gives android to everyone who wants it. Then they release updates, but they can’t do it on modified system. They can’t do the job for LG, Samsung, and all others, over their customizations.

      If you want closed products then buy Apple, if you want Google update fast, buy Nexus line.

    • Raj Singh

      At this point, doesn’t seem like Google can because of its very nature.
      They put out their version; OEMs are free to modify it, and then the carriers add their touches…

    • rick

      Think its more a carrier issue than OEM’s. OEM’s will do it if they can stay profitable. Carriers get in there and muck it up regardless.

    • Elton Bello

      Google shouldve made a better fine print in their initial agreements so the updates would be delievered in time. It is retarded how one defends google over an issue that is undefendable!

    • jroc

      It really isn’t google’s fault that Samsung wants to crap all over android before putting it in their phones. Blame the OEMs for the lag, not google.

    • Elton Bello

      Of course it is google’s fault. Why did they go to the OEM without a fine print? Just so they can make more money? Here you go, I am bringing you android and do whatever you want with it lol

    • Omar

      Android is open sourced.

    • Elton Bello

      Yes, and?

    • Omar

      That means it’s open to be modified by people, or companies, who wish to change or add something to the stock android experience. Some go all out like Samsung, some do a few functional modifications like Motorola. But it’s ultimately the OEM’s choice on what kind of software enhancements they offer to their customers, not google.

    • jroc

      You literally have no idea what you’re talking about. Android is free for OEMs, they have to pay a licence fee for GMS (gmail, play store, maps, etc). I don’t understand why it’s so difficult for you to understand that OEM clog up the update channel with their skins. If they used stock android on their phones, which they’re allowed to do, updates would be a lot quicker.

    • Elton Bello

      Useless to argue with fanboys with no common sense. I couldn’t care less what Google excuses are, free or not free. They screwed customers up with their bussines level. Proof of that is that after many years of this bs with updates, they are trying to correct the issue by opening the Nexus line. But even there, they do a poor piss job, by not updating them all in the same time. It’s retarded to see how someone who is a consumer, is trying to defend the undefendable. I could not care less about google or their bussines practises, or who is to blame. For me, I want my updates on time and that will never happen. And that is a big failure, right there, no matter what your excuses are, Mr. Google CEO!

    • jroc

      For someone that couldn’t care less, you sure seem to care. Anyway, later troll!

    • Elton Bello

      Haha thats what happens when you have no argument and result to insults. I told you, dont try to defend the undefendable. I am and wikl be always on customer’s side. Laterz biatch

    • jroc

      Trollin’ ain’t easy.

    • Elton Bello

      Very argumentative, fanboy lol

    • jroc

      Not really. Just calling a spade a spade. Troll on, brother!

    • manpreet singh

      even nexus device(6p) don’t all get the update at the same time…

    • haroonazeem638

      And that is done intentionally. It’s a way to find out any bugs that may affect devices with the new update. This would avoid issues with EVERY single Nexus device out there if it happened to be a major issue.

    • manpreet singh

      It’s also so servers dont get bogged down… Only apple so far manages to send out updates on larger scale. I got update on my iPhone 6 within days of intial release but with my nexus 6p it took more than a week.

    • Elton Bello

      Bull***t

    • Omar

      I don’t think any phone company updates every single copy of their flagship at the exact same time. Even Microsoft didn’t update everybody to Windows 10 at once.

    • Elton Bello

      Dont try to defend the undefendable Omar. We should strive for better, not worse.

    • Elton Bello

      Never seen a more idiotic comment

    • haroonazeem638

      I don’t think this is a Google problem. Unlike Apple, who control both software and hardware 100% and have to only worry about 2 new smartphones per year, Google has to deal with multiple manufacturers with 100s of devices every year out there. You have to look at it from a different perspective. You can either be limited with options (such as Apple) and get updates sooner, or be able to access to whole range of different devices and experiences without getting timely updates.

      In terms of updates, unless it’s a significant update that impacts security or usability of a device, there is no reason to worry about not getting a certain update. I buy Nexus NOT because of faster updates (which are most welcome) but because of the stock Android experience. However, some people prefer all those fancy features that Samsung and LG can provide (without rooting/modding your devices). In fact, there are several features out there that stock Android never had which can be found on Samsung devices. Are they useful? some, for sure. Do I definitely want them on my phone? If yes, then I’ll go get myself a Galaxy S6 Edge or a G4 or whatever I want. Is my priority getting the latest and greatest Android update? If yes, I’ll stick to Nexus.

    • Raj Singh

      I get what you’re saying but it would be cool if there was a Google layer at the foundation that could receive the updates directly from Google. And then another layer on top for OEMs to customize the Android experience.
      I give zero f cks about the carrier layer, which is why I always buy the phone outright and never from the carrier.

    • Elton Bello

      I am not saying what google is doing is illegal, to reply to your comment. As an android user, it was up to google to think about us when they signed the agreements with the middle men. And they did a s**t job, obv. Now we are paying the price. All other excuses are irrelevant.

    • Vito R.

      This isn’t Google’s problem. They release the code, the OEMs then update their devices. If managed properly, it doesn’t matter if there are 1 or 1000 Android phones released each year as the manufacturers (theoretically) should have enough resources available to support the products they release. Unfortunately, this doesn’t not seem to be the case.

    • Elton Bello

      Of course it is google’s problem, from the begining…why apple does not have this problem?

    • Vito R.

      Because Apple controls the software and the hardware – Google does not, their hardware partners do and it would be impossible for Google to manage software releases for all the custom Android builds floating around.

    • Elton Bello

      Couldn’t care less! I dont care and wanna know the details! As a consumer, I am entitled to timely updates and google should have made better agreements to facilitate this! Shame on Google!

    • Vito R.

      You didn’t buy a phone from Google.

    • Elton Bello

      I am not saying what google is doing is illegal, to reply to your comment. As an android user, it was up to google to think about us when they signed the agreements with the middle men. And they did a s**t job, obv. Now we are paying the price. All other excuses are irrelevant.

    • Vito R.

      You didn’t buy a phone from Google. This has nothing to do with them. You don’t like it, stop buying from manufacturers that don’t support their phones.

    • Elton Bello

      Lol yea, u rite

    • Omar

      You asked the question lol… That entitlement may have gotten to your head.

      If you want timely updates, by a Nexus phone. The equivalent to an iPhone, sold through Google alone and thus controlled through Google.

      Americans used to have Google Play addition phones that worked the same way. Too bad we never got that option up here.

    • Elton Bello

      Again, dont try to defend the undefendable. Accept it and move on: Google sucks for updates because they messed up their play in the beginning. And the consumers will suffer for it. Accept it dude lol, gonna feel better. Exhale lol

    • Omar

      I’ve accepted it the moment I bought an OPO lol… Google itself doesn’t suck for updates. I mean… The Nexus line get the first batch of Android updates. They set the standard so idk how they can suck. The Nexus 4 is getting updated to Marshmallow, isn’t it? That hardly sucks in my books.

      Now, do some OEM’s suck at updates? Definitely. But Google does all it can do while giving OEM’s the freedom to customize it how they see fit. Android is about the freedom to customize your phone experience how you want it to be.

      The only one who seems angry about it is you, so idk where you’re coming from lol.

    • Elton Bello

      Jungle, I’m a monkey eating a banana

    • haroonazeem638

      Yes, you are right. But once the code is released, how is Google responsible for what other manufacturers do? Would you want Google to drop support for older Android versions within a certain timeframe so OEMs can update their software? OEMs don’t really care. They are focused on getting the next model of their smartphone out and perhaps would rather have the new OS installed in the new device. But then there is also the issue of carriers. OEMs have started to update their devices but carriers are holding them back before they are pushed to devices. It’s a huge mess.

      It’s not about managing properly or having enough resources which the manufacturers already do. It’s about using those resources. OEMs don’t want to spend money on supporting older devices (THIS is a manufacturer problem, not Google’s).

      Majority of smartphone buyers are either unaware of new updates or don’t care. It is US people who care about that kind of stuff. Manufacturers take advantage of this which is why they have never seen sales drop due to THIS reason of them not updating their phones in time or at all.

    • Vito R.

      Most people that buy Android phones don’t care. This won’t change.

    • Elton Bello

      Ignoramus

    • haroonazeem638

      Looking at your comments, it’s clear who the ignorant here is. Troll

    • Elton Bello

      Sorry, I am downgrading u from ignoramus to ignorant. FML

    • thereasoner

      This^^. Very well put but brainwashed iboys won’t understand and neither will those who don’t understand the tech.

    • Elton Bello

      I sooooo agree with u

    • thereasoner

      I had to wait just over 3 months for the Android 5.0 Lollipop update on my old HTC ONE M7 but when it did arrive it was the more stable and bug free 5.0.2 version .

      Well worth the wait imo, Android 5.0 wasn’t worth the buggy headaches. Even Apple iPhone users are catching on and waiting to update as iOS 8 was a buggy mess when it first came out.

  • Unorthodox

    OMG. I’ve been waiting all years of my life to get such an important and essential update!!! Unicorn farts FTW!

    • Elton Bello

      Amen

  • Elton Bello

    Lesson is: Want android, buy Nexus! Period! The rest, hackers love u

    • thereasoner

      Except that the only phones getting hacked are iPhones.

    • Elton Bello

      If you really believw what you said, thats really sad

    • thereasoner

      How so?
      Android users have all kinds of scare mongering about “threats” such as stagefright but no actual stories of affected users.

      -Apple iPhone users have their naked pictures plastered all over the internet,
      -Chinese malware in the form XcodeGhost infecting both Apple’s app store and millions of iPhone devices and reports are that Apple still can’t get rid of it.
      -even jailbroken iPhones have had security breaches in the form of KeyRaider malware.
      -the national security database lists iOS and OSX as the most vunerable OS’s out there.

      There are tons of threats out there for Android devices as well but one has to leave the Google Play Store and change their devices default security settings in order to download from anywhere else. Stay on the Play Store and Android users are safe, safer than iPhone users apparently!

    • Elton Bello

      Yea, hackers are more interested in hacking your and my android phone. We are really important people.

    • thereasoner

      Any hacker would love to infect the Google Play Store like the Apple app store was/is with XcodeGhost, many more consumers to exploit for one.

    • Elton Bello

      Sure they do. Hackers are dying to find out what the millions in India use to make for supper, since they all use 50$ android phones…sure they do

    • thereasoner

      Lol, true, the vast majority of Android phones are those cheaply made devices being produced with years old versions of Android and antiquated specs that couldn’t run the latest OS version even if they tried, hence the vast majority of Android fragmentation.

      That said, there are 100’s of millions of quality midrange or flagship Android devices in use today and it’s been said that there are 100’s of thousands of different types of Android malware out there waiting for those foolish enough to leave the Play Store and download it . So, yeah, hackers would love a shortcut via the Play Store obviously!

      They have certainly made use of the malware infested Apple app store 🙂

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  • Jonah Emery

    Nothing so far on my new Telus Nexus 6P. Staged rollout then.

    • Victor Creed

      This is regarding Factory Images not OTA. OTA rollout hasn’t started.

  • Mathieu

    Just got the update for my Nexus 6P from Bell Mobility.