Nexus 6 Android update: latest news

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Nexus 6 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

Factory images from Google have arrived for the Nexus 6. You can grab them directly from Google. The latest version is MRA58N, which contains some small security fixes. You can follow our How to install Android Marshmallow on your Nexus guide to get it on your phone right now.

The 6.0.1 update began rolling out to the Nexus 6 in December. For the impatient, there is, as ever, the Google factory images page. It brings 200 new emojis, and the camera can now be launched with a double press of the power button. To find out the full extent of the update, including notable bug fixes, visit our Android Marshmallow: features and patches page.

Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update

The Android 5.1.1 build LMY47Z has rolled out with AT&T in the US. It is the same build that was seen earlier on Sprint and U.S. Cellular devices. The update pulls in at around 81 MB, and brings stability improvements and bug fixes to the previous version of the software.

This is almost certainly the last major Android update that the Nexus 6 will receive before Android Marshmallow launches fully. Head to your Settings > About Phone > Software Update page to check if you’re up to date.

T-Mobile has also rolled out the Android 5.1.1 update too (build number LYZ28E), as have Verizon, issuing build number LMY47Z to their customers.

Nexus 6 monthly updates and Stagefright fix

As with other Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 has received the patch for the Stagefright MMS vulnerability. If you don’t know much about it, read our Stagefright: what is it, am I affected and what can I do about it? guide. From this point forward, Google will provide monthly security updates for the Nexus 6, as well as the usual fixes that appear in Google Play Services updates via the Play Store.

On March 18. 2016, Google announced an emergency security patch, independent of the monthly updates, for a vulnerability affecting the Nexus 5 and 6. The issue relates to the device’s kernel being used by a malicious rooting tool to compromise the device. The update is beginning to roll out and should be on all Nexus 5 and 6 devices within the coming days. Thankfully, the odds of having been affected are slim, as the rooting tool must be manually installed by users to be able to take advantage of the vulnerability.

If you haven’t received the over-the-air (OTA) Nexus 6 update, you can visit the Nexus factory images page and flash the firmware on your Nexus 6 yourself. The update just arrived on our Nexus 6 and we can confirm Stagefright has been patched. Hit the Stagefright guide link above to check if your device is still affected.

Monthly updates are continuing to roll out. The latest version number is LMY48Y, or LYZ28N, if you’re on T-Mobile. These images can be downloaded directly from Google.

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