During a product launch event in late September, Google confirmed it will release Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the public beginning from October 4. The new software was previewed earlier this year at the Google I/O developer conference, and has been available as a developer preview since then.
Google will send an over-the-air update with the new operating system to its Nexus range of phones and media players, and will release the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones with the software already installed. Smartphones produced by other manufacturers will announce their own update schedules.
Google announced the public launch of Android 6.0 with the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones
During the same event, Google CEO Sundar Pichai provided an update on how many Android phones are now active around the world. In June, there were 1 billion monthly active Android devices, but that figure has now increased to 1.4 billion. This is based on tracking 30-day usage patterns.
Pichai revealed that the majority of new users were joining Android from emerging markets, specifically mentioning Indonesia and Vietnam, where Android’s use has doubled in the last 12 months. For many of the new users, it’s their first experience using a smartphone.
Learn more about Android 6.0 Marshmallow here.