In December, Google confirmed the Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update. In the weeks since its release, we’ve seen a number of important details emerge. Here’s what we think you should know as we close in on the one month milestone.
In early December, Google confirmed an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update, the first update to its new Marshmallow operating system. The update is more than just a list of bug fixes. It also brings enhancements and new features to the Nexus 5 and Google’s other Nexus devices.
The Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is an important one of the aging former flagship from 2013 as it fixes some of Marshmallow’s most annoying bugs and brings over 200 new emoji characters to the device’s keyboard.
As we push away from the Android 6.0.1 release date, we continue to see new details emerge. We also continue to investigate the Android 6.0.1 update’s performance on the Nexus 5 and other Nexus smartphones and tablets.
Today we want to take an updated look at the Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update and tell you about five things you should know at the month mark. This roundup covers Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 problems and fixes, an updated look at the Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update’s performance, and some new details about the new Android 6.0.1 build.
Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 Review: One Month Later
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I've been using the Nexus 5 since the day it arrived in 2013 and the Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update since the day it arrived for my device in December. I've been digging into its performance for nearly a month and here's what I've found.
The Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update picks up where the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update left off. It continues to deliver outstanding performance in key areas like battery life, UI speed, connectivity, and app performance.
I've seen some complaints about Doze post-Android 6.0.1 but I haven't see anything out of the ordinary during my time with stock Android 6.0.1. The Nexus 5's battery continues to hold a solid charge in use and in standby and that's big for a device that's going on three years old.
I've tested it with three different routers and various Wi-Fi connections. I haven't experienced any issues with range or speed. Bluetooth continues to excel and I've been able to pair it nicely with Bluetooth headsets and speakers. I haven't noticed anything wrong with AT&T's LTE/4G networks either.
The Nexus 5 is still fast with Android 6.0.1 on board. I haven't seen any odd lag or random stuttering during my time with the new update. Animations and transitions are all fast and fluid and opening apps is quick and painless.
Maybe the most important detail I can share is that I have yet to run into any experience-breaking problems with the update. I know some people have but so far, this update has been pretty flawless. Even the applications I use the most are performing at a high level.
I obviously can't speak for everyone but the Android 6.0.1 update for my Nexus 5 has been a pleasant surprise. I call it a surprise because it arrived without warning and because Android updates typically bring annoying problems to my Nexus devices.
There are four things that I think make the Nexus 5 Android 6.0.1 update worthy of a download right now. One is the excellent performance. If you're having issues with Android 6.0, make the move to Android 6.0.1 and see if it helps. It's very stable for me and lots of other Nexus owners.
The other three reasons are related to the update's small feature set. This is a small update but it packs a big punch.
Android 6.0.1 brings over 200 new emojis to the stock Android keyboard. I've been using many of these same emoji on the iOS keyboard for as number of weeks now and it's exciting to be able to now use them on my Nexus. If you send messages to others, these are going to change the you conversate with them.
Another big change is to the Nexus 5's camera application. There is now a quick launch feature that allows you to quickly double tap the power button, and instantly launch the Android camera. I've been using this feature on the Nexus 5X for a few weeks now and I've glad Google didn't leave off the Nexus 5.
And the other big feature, for me at least, is the unified master and Bluetooth volume control. Now, when I am connected to my speakers or headphones, I no longer have to adjust the volume on both. I can use a singular control. It's a small but important feature.
After spending a month with the update, I know that all of these features are going to become a part of my daily routine. And that's what makes Android 6.0.1 so special. Small incremental updates typically don't do that.