Monday Poll: Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images are available and over-the-air (OTA) updates are rolling out slowly, what do you say we play a little future predicting? Google, as is always the case (except for that one time Motorola was on top of it), pushes updates to its Nexus line-up first, but after that, it’s a race to see who can be next.

Many of the big manufacturers have to get updates ready for their skins (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.), while others just need time to make sure all is working well enough with their add-ons (Motorola). Of course, there are carrier barriers here that add time to the process, along with companies having to find the resources needed to work on update testing. In the past, we have seen companies lay out schedules for delivery, while others often shock is with how quickly (or slowly) they get these things ready.

So today, we want to know who you think is going to be first to push an official Marshmallow update (Edit: Outside of Nexus devices, folks. Come on.)? In the poll below, we went with the big guys, but did list an “Other” category as a catch-all for those not listed.

Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

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Nexus OTAs of Android 6.0 Marshmallow are Starting Today as Well

Not only are the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images available for flashing to select Nexus devices, but Google has also begun pushing over-the-air (OTA) updates to those same Nexus products. Over the coming days – because this is a slow rollout, folks – your Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, and Nexus Player will all receive the update to Android 6.0, build MRA58K.  (more…)

Since Your Nexus is Getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow, be Sure to Watch Our Google Now on Tap Tour

Android 6.0 Marshmallow has officially arrived for a number of Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 9. Over-the-air (OTA) updates will be rolling out slowly to those devices over the coming days, but if you want the goodness now, you can upgrade via factory images that were posted here.

The latest version of Android offers a bunch of new features, many of which hide behind the scenes to add stability, endurance, and polish to last year’s Lollipop release. They aren’t all back-end optimizations, though. One of the few forward-facing features you will run into and likely use on a regular basis, is Google Now on Tap(more…)

HTC America President: Monthly Security Updates Not Realistic, Because Carriers

In early August, when Stagefright had many Android owners worried about malicious MMS messages, Google, Samsung, and LG announced fast tracked security updates that would roll out monthly for device owners. With the announcement of these updates, Samsung and LG both stated that thanks to help from carriers and partners, device owners would be able to receive the security updates in a timely manner. The only reason stating that is important is because we all know the damper effect carriers have on OTA updates for Android.

Over the weekend, HTC America’s president, Jason Mackenzie, was asked if his company would also be providing monthly security updates for device owners. On Twitter, Mackenzie stated that commitment such as that, “is not realistic.”  (more…)

BBM Gets PayPal Integration for Device-to-Device Payments

If you are still hanging on to your BBM PIN and are a fan of that Priv thing, we have good news for you! Blackberry’s BBM got a big update today on a variety of platforms, but on Android we care about the fact that it now has PayPal integration. So, as the feature rolls out to all, you will be able to easily share funds from your PayPal account to friends. It’ll look like the image above.

Also in the update, you can subscribe to the BBM Sticker Club for use of hundreds of sticker packs and customize the font used within your BBM conversations. That’s neat.

The full list of newness across platforms is below.  (more…)

ASUS Zenwatch 2 Lands on Google Store for $149

While everyone else in the smartwatch industry is trying to make the most high-end option available, with golds and fine leathers and fancy boxes and circular displays, ASUS is quietly still making affordable options. The ASUS Zenwatch 2 is just that and it’s available now through the Google Store for $149. Well, to be accurate, it went up for sale on September 29, shortly after Google’s event, but it’s now front and center on the Google Store, letting us know that it’s there for the taking.  (more…)