Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest major update to Google's mobile operating system, has begun rolling out.
As revealed during September's Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P unveiling, the first handsets to receive the update will be Google's own Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will come pre-loaded with Marshmallow when they ship later this month.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow introduces a new permissions model where, instead of apps requesting permissions during the installation process, they will ask for permissions as and when they are actually needed.
The OS also adds a Direct Sharing feature that allows users to share content with contacts within an app, as well as an app search bar and A-Z indexing in the app drawer.
Marshmallow includes support for new 'conversational' voice controls in third-party apps and native support for fingerprint sensors. Some Android Lollipop devices, such as the Galaxy S6 Edge+, already include a fingerprint sensor, but Android Marshmallow includes support for this feature at the system level.
The USB-C platform will also be natively supported in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This enables speedier file transfers, and Google claimed that handsets equipped with a USB-C port can be charged up to five times faster than current models.
Originally announced as Android M, Android 6.0 Marshmallow was officially named in August by Android product manager Jamal Eason, who also announced the release of Marshmallow SDK tools for app developers.
"Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten centre, or in fluff form, who doesn't like marshmallows? We definitely like them," wrote Eason.
"Since the launch of the M Developer Preview at Google I/O in May, we've enjoyed all of your participation and feedback. Today with the final Developer Preview update, we're introducing the official Android 6.0 SDK and opening Google Play for publishing your apps that target the new API level 23 in Android Marshmallow."
For more on Google's revamped OS, we've rounded up a list of the best Android 6.0 Marshmallow features.
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