The Nexus 6P is the flagship Android device from Google this year. It's supposed to be the purest form of Android you can find and thankfully, it's just that. Welcome back to the Nexus 6P Challenge. Today we dive into the software and particularly talk about the true Android experience found on the Google Nexus 6P.
The current version of Android running on a Nexus 6P is Android 6.01 Marshmallow. And while everything's the same as before, the incremental upgrade has increased its performance and overall battery life. Android Marshmallow doesn't look all that different from Lollipop. Apart from the vertically scrolling app drawer and slight revisions of icons around the notification tray, it would be easy to mistake this for Android Lollipop. However, once you dive into the experience, you get a sense of how fluid Android Marshmallow is and that wasn't found on Android Lollipop.
One of the biggest features of Marshmallow on the 6P is Android On Tap. It's basically a new way to search keywords that are displayed on your phone. It basically brings contextual search to any application which is really helpful. Next is Android Pay and Android Imprint. Combined with the fantastic fingerprint hardware on the Nexus 6P, you have yourself a killer combination. With Android Pay and Android Imprint, mobile payments are as easy as Apple Pay and it's becoming widely accepted at retailers here in the States and will grow even more in other countries in 2016. And Android Imprint may be the easiest fingerprint setup to date. Even a bit easier than Apple's Touch ID in my opinion.
And the last big benefit of Android Marshmallow is Android Doze. While I can't show you this in action, I can attest to it working. Battery life on the Nexus 6P is phenomenal. And I know it has a huge 3450mAh battery but I can never get this thing under 30% after a full day of heavy usage.
Now the Android experience doesn't always mean feature-packed. It also means how smooth and great of an experience it is or perhaps, it sometimes isn't. Though on the Nexus 6P, things feel hugely different. However, they do look identical to Lollipop. While Marshmallow doesn't look different on the surface, the experience is just something to praise. Going from a silky smooth iPhone 6s Plus running iOS 9 to a Nexus 6P running Marshmallow, it feels like I'm just changing operating systems on the same hardware. It runs at the exact phenomenal rate and it just breezes through its own software. I haven't had a time when the Nexus 6P chocked, not even one little bit.
I wish I can put it into better words but the Nexus 6P is the hallmark Android device right now. It's just the best of the best and that's hugely due to this fabulous little software called Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The vanilla stock version of Marshmallow is, by far, the best mobile operating system to date and I think it's only going to get better.