has made Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow official. As hinted at by the .0.1 increment
in the version number, this isn't a big release or anything like that. But it
does come with support for dozens of new emoji, all of which are part of the
Unicode 8.0 spec. A few of the new emoji are shown in the screenshot below.
update enables system-wide support for the new emoji, and if you're using the
Google keyboard (that ships preinstalled on the Nexus devices) then you'll be
happy to know that this app is receiving a new version as part of the OS
release. However, it looks like you'll need to wait for an update to arrive
through the Play Store for the Google keyboard in order for it to support the
new emoji list layout, which consists of 10 tabs (up from seven previously).
rolls out, you will still benefit from the unlocking of a few characters that
were in the system before but couldn't be used via the keyboard (examples
include country flags, and dial pad number keys).
Aside from all
the emoji action, Android 6.0.1 also comes with two small tweaks. One of them
you'll only see if you're on a tablet. In this case, the navigation buttons
have been moved, with Back and Home now being towards the left edge of the
screen, while Recents is to the right. Previously, as you may know, the three
software buttons were centered. This change will help with navigating the OS especially
on bigger tablets, while holding the device with both hands (and using your
thumbs to hit the buttons).
Finally, the Do
Not Disturb mode once again has an "until next alarm" option when you
enable it. This made its debut in Android 5.1 Lollipop, but for some reason was
removed in the first Marshmallow release.
And if you were wondering where December's
security update was, well, it's part of Android 6.0.1. The new version is
already available to download for supported Nexus devices in the form of factory images. and the over-the-air rollout should commence very soon. After that
happens, allow around a week or so for all Nexuses out there to receive that
coveted update notification.