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Android 6.0.1 Released; Includes New Emoji, Security Patches and More!

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  1. Nadeem Waris

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    The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update comes in the form of the MMB29M build
    which is available to download for Nexus devices. Devices for which the
    factory images are live at the time of writing are:

    Nexus 6P
    Nexus 5X
    Nexus 6
    Nexus 5
    Nexus Player
    Nexus 9 LTE & Wifi variants
    Nexus 7 2013 Wifi & SIM variants

    So, what does this update contain? For starters, the newest build adds
    support for around 200 Unicode 8 emojis to Android. This brings Android’s
    emoji game at par with Apple’s iOS 9.1, much to the rejoice of people who
    were frustrated at being sent what appeared at blank boxes on their devices.
    Ars Technica created a full gallery of the added emojis, so head on over
    there if you want to see all the newest additions.

    Apart from the new emoji, the 6.0.1 update improves upon the navigation
    bar on tablets. The “back” and “home” buttons have been shifted towards the
    left, while the “overview” multitasking button has been moved to the right.
    The change makes it easier to hit the buttons with your thumbs when you are
    holding the tablet. Also included is the “until next time” option for Do Not
    Disturb, a feature that was introduced in Android 5.1 but was missing on
    Android 6.0.

    Along with all the visual and functionality changes, the MMB29M build also
    includes security patches. It bumps up the Security Patch Level of supported
    Nexus devices to December 1 2015, meaning that it incorporates all fixes up
    till this date. OEM’s should have been informed of this security update one
    month prior to public disclosure, so we can expect these making their way
    through to other non-Nexus flagship devices, hopefully. For a detailed list of
    all CVE’s addressed in this update, please refer the security bulletin page.

    Even if you are not overly excited about the new emoji support , the new
    update is worth it from a security standpoint as it fixes upon a few issues
    which have had a severity status of “Critical”. You can either download the
    image and flash it manually, or you can wait for the OTA to hit if you wish to
    avoid a data wipe on locked bootloaders.
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