T-Mobile Nexus 6 Android 6.0 update approved, expected to start arriving ‘soon’

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Back in early October, T-Mobile said that it had planned to begin updating its Nexus 6 to Android 6.0 within a week. Fast-forward about a month and a half and the update is finally set to arrive.

Des Smith just announced that the Android 6.0 update for T-Mobile’s Nexus 6 has been approved and that it ought to start hitting devices soon. The update is build MRA58X.

As for why the update took longer to arrive than originally planned, Des recently explained that T-Mobile was putting builds through testing and if it found a major bug, it has to get a new build and test that again. And because T-Mo’s Nexus 6 needs a special build for Wi-Fi calling and band 12, any T-Mobile customers using a Nexus 6 can’t just flash the builds on Google’s Nexus factory image site. Thankfully, the wait has finally come to an end.

To check for the update on your Nexus 6, head into Settings > About phone > System Updates > Check now. Let me know when your Marshmallow update arrives!

Source: @askdes

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  • psulli21

    What happens if I already flashed MRA58N?

    • gmo8492

      Check if WiFi calling and volte still work.

      • psulli21

        Yeah they both work. I was just wondering if it will automatically update to this new T-Mobile build or not.

  • Medion

    I don’t like that T-Mobile has to certify custom Nexus updates. I hope this doesn’t apply to the Nexus 5x.

    • Craig Foster

      T-Mobile doesn’t sell the 5X.

      • Medion

        Correct. But T-Mobile is currently certifying the 6P and 5X for band 12. My hope is that it’s for a universal build and a one time thing, and not a per update thing like the Nexus 6.

        So I hope that the distinction matters.

        • SirStephenH

          Band 12 was disabled for T-Mobile in an update to the unified build. Google will push out another update enabling it once it’s certified.

  • Bruce Wayne

    Wow. About fucking time. It only took almost two months.

  • stacks

    I flashed marshmallow a day after google released it. Wifi calling and band 12 worked out of the box. I hope they still work after this weird update.

    • Brad

      No reason they wouldn’t… but I think they’re feeding people crap about why it took so long to test it.

      • gmo

        they weren’t feeding anyone anything…they never said specifically what the problem was that held it up. They didn’t bother to communicate to anyone wth the hold up was or what the time frame looked like

        • Brad

          They’re feeding the bug story to explain the delay… as a person who is using the software that’s “buggy”… I don’t buy it.

  • justanormalguy13

    Huh, didn’t know that it had a special build. I just assumed that it was the same build, like the new nexii. I flashed Android 6 on my og nexus 5, and it seems to be working well. I wonder if they’ll have a special one for it too in the future.

    • Medion

      The Nexus 6 used a universal build until it finally got WiFi calling. From then on, T-Mobile has always had a custom build.

      • SirStephenH

        Wi-Fi calling has been baked into the unified builds of Marshmallow…

        • Medion

          Correct. I was just providing a timeline.

          Right now, band 12 is the holdup for the latest builds, but indications are that band 12 will also be in unified builds sooner rather than later.

        • SirStephenH

          Wi-Fi calling and band 12 have been included and working since the unified betas. You can flash any of the unified builds and they will work. T-Mobile has just been holding off the OTA update.

        • Medion

          We get it. You like to disagree with people. Again, not relevant to the original post in THIS thread. Your posts are informative, and do belong in many threads under this article. Just not this one.

        • SirStephenH

          You stated that Wi-Fi calling currently requires a separate build. That is FALSE.

          You stated that band 12 isn’t included in the unified build. That is FALSE.

          You are providing the original poster with incorrect information. How do my posts correcting this have nothing to do with this thread?

          We get it, you don’t like to be wrong. You don’t have to be such a d*** about it.

        • Medion

          I stated that WiFi calling wasn’t in the unified Lollipop build. This is true.

          I stated that Band 12 is a holdup in the current unified build. This is true.

          Again, you post only to disagree with people.

        • SirStephenH

          “I stated that WiFi calling wasn’t in the unified Lollipop build. This is true.”

          The OP was discussing Android 6 (AKA MARSHMALLOW). You made no mention that you were talking about Lollipop. From the context of the OP and the last sentence of your first post (“From then on, T-Mobile has always had a custom build.”) it can only be assumed that you were staying on topic and discussing Marshmallow. There also wasn’t really a unified build for Lollipop.

          “I stated that Band 12 is a holdup in the current unified build.”

          No. You stated that band 12 is the holdup AND that it will eventually be in unified builds.

          “Right now, band 12 is the holdup for the latest builds, but indications are that band 12 will also be in unified builds sooner rather than later.”

        • Medion

          Your trying too hard to be right, and yet you are so wrong. Now, go ahead and get the last word in. That’s obviously important to you. Have a nice day :)

  • steveb944

    Talk about timing. I was going to sideload this weekend. Guess I’ll wait a bit more now.

  • FlipJUMPMΔN

    I asked Des about us that already have the 6.0 N build, said we should get the OTA also.

    • Breathe_Easy

      Cool. That means for the people that removed the SIM and factory reset their phone, right?

      • FlipJUMPMΔN

        Yes, that’s what he said. I did the exact same thing also, removing the SIM. Des said for us that’s on Marshmallow N build will get the OTA as well… I hope he’s right!

  • Kiedy Silniejsza

    Soon aka 4-8 weeks

  • Kiedy Silniejsza

    The sole f$%&ing reason I bought a Nexus 6 was for the instant updates from the geniuses at Google. Thank you T-Mobile for misleading me.

    • theamazingwillkelly

      My N5 has 6 already. There are a few differences but it’s not a “holy crap this changes everything” update.

      • Kiedy Silniejsza

        I think you missed my point. BTW your N5 also has a shitty battery, lack luster camera…just to name a few.

    • Brad

      If you don’t feel comfortable flashing – it’s been out long enough that I bet if you pulled out your sim card and checked for updates over WIFI you’d get it

      • Kiedy Silniejsza

        It’s not about comfort! And I’ve tried that… 49 fukin times! Still Nothing!!

        • Brad

          Sorry. I personally never cared about update schedules because I flash… I understand where you’re coming from, though.

        • Kiedy Silniejsza

          Thank you. Finally, some one gets it.

  • Kiedy Silniejsza

    #forevercheckingforupdatesonlytobedisappointed

  • Kiedy Silniejsza

    Like Jesus, I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • BeTerminated

      lol…. me too :P

  • Rick Wilson

    I got tired of waiting for TMO to push out android 6, so I flashed android 6 factory image and had no issues with WiFi calling. Have not checked if band 12 is working in PDX.

    • Brad

      I flashed right away and also have it… I think band 12 is active because I was at my dad’s and had LTE…

    • SirStephenH

      I’ve been running MRA58K for weeks and I can tell you there have been no problems with Wi-Fi calling and band 12.

  • BeTerminated

    COMING SOON really worries me. like i post on twitter COMING SOON for T-mobile = months.

  • Jose Hernandez

    I just need a download link!!!!!

  • Juan Carlos Tejada

    In other words, they took that long to make it perfect bug free?; we’ll see then, bc, the 5.1.1 for the S5 was the worst. How easy can this companies manipulate the public.

    • ThatsMrtoyou

      Juan, immediately after the 5.1.1 update, did u do a factory reset?

      • Juan Carlos Tejada

        Yes, two weeks later they release a fix, but my S5 , still performing bad, so decide to get a replacement, one thing learned, Carriers can manipulate each update. I even start to believe, that in some cases could be intentional malicious manipulation of the phone software

  • impasse

    uh..wait, i thought marshmallow finally integrated wifi calling specifically so we DIDN’T need to have carrier-specific updates..? so that’s NOT the case?

    • VG

      I think the big lie of Marshmallow is gradually being exposed. Once Marshmallow starts rolling out to carrier branded devices, it will become clear. Once the first person with a Marshmallow unlocked AT&T Galaxy S6 pops in a T-Mobile SIM card and doesn’t get access to T-Mobile WiFi Calling, the sh*t will hit the fan!

    • SirStephenH

      It has all been working since the beta unlike what the article implies. I suspect this is just the latest unified build.

  • Kiedy Silniejsza

    Remember, I’m a customer! Been with T-Mobile for 2 years! I got an idea, maybe Google could give the dorks at T-Mobile a copy of the OS when they finish it…then when T-Mobile gets finished tweaking it…release them at the same time!!??

  • Brad

    I definitely flashed the factory image the day it was released and definitely have wifi calling…

    • Chris Fisher

      I did the same. Band 12, voice over LTE and WiFi Calling have worked. I wonder if T-Mobile wish push an OTA if we have the factory Google image.

      • Brad

        Probably… I assume it sees a later build date and updates it. I’ll be surprised if this isn’t just the regular security update that google’s been pushing, though… why would they split it again??

  • Nate

    About darn time. I was about to just give up and do the manual flash but my laziness kept winning out.

  • Notactivated

    It seems the problem is with the B12 VoLTE support.
    Happy to see the release but still no OTA on my phone at the moment.

  • Jose Hernandez

    Wait! Des said the software update is for MRA58X, but the T-Mobile software page has it listed as MRA58K.

    Is there a Typo, or what?

    • mel

      thats weird cause MRA58K is the name of the first marshmallow update for the nexus 6

      • Jose Hernandez

        I know, so if they fixed the bug on that version, it should be a different one we are updating to.

  • Raul Ballestas

    Just got the update, it is loading now. Received it OTA and it is MRA58X. I am up and running on 6.0

    • Jose Hernandez

      Please let us know how it goes once you are done! If they would just give a download link….

      • Raul Ballestas

        Settings > About phone > System Updates > Check now
        All I did was follow the above from the article and it came through.

        • Jose Hernandez

          I’m running MRA58K, so checking will not allow me to see the update. :(

    • Kyle Goodman

      Were you on WiFi when it came thru?

      • Raul

        Yes I was on wifi

    • neospade44

      What build were you on before?

  • Jose Hernandez

    I have loaded the MRA58K update when I got tired of waiting. It has been working good with Wifi Calling, Band 12 works, but it can get a little iffy from time to time. So, if they announced MRA58X, I figured it would be another update, since T-Mobile does not use the standard ones,

    I am hoping it will be another version that may be more stable with B12.

    The Nexus Root Toolkit already has versions: MRA58K, MRA58N and MRA58R, I guess those are the ones with the security updates?

  • Jose Hernandez

    I just checked on the T-Mobile site and they corrected the article to reflect the update as MRA58X, For us that had updated to MRA58K are we going to have to go back to 5.1.1 before we can get this? Who knows when someone will get the OTA file and post it….

  • williejackbrainer

    Not as concerned as I was last month. I’m looking forward to next year’s Nexus line of phone(s).

  • Mark

    If I have the Marshmallow beta on the Nexus 6 (MPA44I) will the T-Mobile release install OTA or will I need to flash it?

    • mel

      You’re going to have to downgrade to 5.1.1 to get the update

    • SirStephenH

      You’re going to have to flash the latest factory image.

  • SirStephenH

    “And because T-Mo’s Nexus 6 needs a special build for Wi-Fi calling and band 12, any T-Mobile customers using a Nexus 6 can’t just flash the builds on Google’s Nexus factory image site.”

    Not true. I’ve been rocking MRA58K (found on Google’s factory image site) for weeks and Wi-Fi calling and band 12 have been working flawlessly. They are both baked into the unified Marshmallow ROM.

  • Paul. B

    Installing now….Yea Baby

    • neospade44

      OTA, really?

      • Paul. B

        Yep OTA

        • imkain

          Do you have the OTA link to share???

  • cincinnati

    glad if finally gonna roll out…..a few people in my circle all have nexus 5s I’ve been a nexus user since the nexus S. it’s the only way to go but kinda ridiculous to have a 800.00 phone and have to wait longer that people with a nexus 5.

    • Kiedy Silniejsza

      It’s beyond ridiculous! Two f#$king months later is what it’s going to be!

  • cincinnati

    I love my nexus 6 love the screen …..its the second one I’ve had the first one bricked when I got a update….. sent me a new phone yada yada yada tmobile is ridiculous

  • neospade44

    I currently have LYZ28N on my N6. So I won’t get the OTA update?

  • Israel Latham

    Woot thanks, I needed to hear this, I love this phone.

  • Kiedy Silniejsza

    Still no update………………..maybe I’ll get it before those garbage ass Samsung phones

  • Brandon

    Still nothing… Anyone else?

    • neospade44

      No, nothing. On LYZ28N so who knows if it’ll pull it since it’s not listed in T-Mo’s list of builds upgradeable to M.

      • Jose M Gonzalez

        it should since lyz28n is the november patch. i think tmo is just rushing in putting this out cuz everybdy is really pissed about it. they updated the site on thursday n didn’t have any info on the update up until friday. they’re being really sloppy about it.

      • Jose M Gonzalez

        they updated the site again n lyz28n was added on.

        • neospade44

          Thanks for the update, Jose!

  • James B

    Got it last night. Was ~680mb. Battery life today has been outstanding. I believe I was on LYZ28M and received it OTA. I’m sorry I didn’t get the link before downloading. :(

    • Brandon

      Thanks for the reply. I’m glad people are getting. Hopefully the roll out will be smooth without any issues. I’m looking forward to the new features.

      • a d00d

        James, you got it OTA? I guess it was another typo (along with the “K” vs “X”). At 2/3rds a gigabyte in size, our sucky bonded T-1s here will take forever if I try this on wifi. OTOH, since Binge On started, I’m getting absolutely HUGE transfer rates, so that part is working, even though I can’t use it at the moment with CrunchyRoll and Youtube.

        (Digression: if it isn’t obvious, Binge On is all about freeing up bandwidth–TMUS is probably paying for all of it, and therefore it isn’t a network neutrality thing. It’s getting around the DRM that’s the problem.)

  • UralBas

    Soon? Yeah right, when Marshmallow was first released, Tmonews stated it would roll out this week, that was over about two months back!!!

    Tmobile and tmonews are not credible anymore.

    • gmo

      don’t blame tmonews for it, tmobile came out and said they were going to release it back in october but then never made any updates to that unless pressed on twitter by POed nexus 6 owners

      • Jose M Gonzalez

        true tmonews is just relaying the info tmo is putting out. tmo is the one dragging ass on everything per usual.

  • kypenpen

    Came home and just got the OTA for 6.0 at 700MB. On LYZ28N. Let see…

  • Notpoliticalyet

    Got the 6p two weeks ago. Had enough of the N6 device being replaced twice. I get the third one a month ago then had to wait for 6.0. Just sold the N6 so the new owner will get the update. I am sure the N6 will see better battery life, though the third N6 seemed too have great battery life on lollipop. The 6p has been amazing with everything so far.

  • Notyetavailable

    Anybody knows whether a marshmallow update for LMY48X build? I got T-Mobile sim card and no update yet. No universal build nor T-Mobile build.

    • tekfr33kn

      It’s MRA58X. LMY is Lollipop. Patience, it’s rolling out now. If your do a factory data reset (not an option for many people) you will be likely to get it right away. Otherwise, just hang tight and it will show up.

  • Quailallstar

    Nothing yet through OTA or the Google developer site :( https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images#shamu

  • BD

    Received the “MRA58X” OTA update yesterday afternoon. MAJOR increase in battery life. Everything is visually more fluid with less “chop” toggling between apps and animation. Big time improvement on the Nexus 6 so far.

    • Paul. B

      I kept my phone of charge the whole night an only lost 2% battery. Before I would normally loose 10-15%…Super improvement.

      • BD

        Yip. Noticed the same thing. Also been using as a hotspot the past 2 hours and am still at 78%. This is awesome!

  • Mark Shryock

    Has anyone who sideloaded MRA58K gotten an OTA?

  • shamatuu

    so Tuesday 11/24/15 still no OTA for N6. Tired of this BS. The 6P should be here to tomorrow

  • AnthonyRyan89

    I got the OTA update today 33mins ago
    Even though I have the N6P I’m glad I finally got 6.0 for the N6

  • BeTerminated

    NYC here. I got update this morning. I forced update, I don’t know if this is a true but what I did i went to settings >apps> all apps, then GOOGLE SERVICE FRAMEWORK, clear DATA, FORCE STOP and after that I check for update and here it is downloading now. I hope this will be helpful for some people. Good luck.

  • minioninnc

    Received mra58x update yesterday, had to roll back to Lollipop, then force update. Was on mra58r that I had flashed. It may have eventually came, but wanted to get this since it was out.

  • Brandon

    Got my OTA update yesterday afternoon. Loving it!

  • neospade44

    Update just came through, currently on LYZ28N. Downloading…

  • Panzer

    So glad I didn’t listen to those saying “just side load it; it will be the same version”. Updated OTA and it’s running great and band 12 is working flawlessly.

  • Jonathan Bracy

    December 4th. My nexus 6 still didn’t get the update. I check what build I had, Lollipop build LMY48X. I did my research. This build isn’t supported by T-Mobile and Google has no time frame for when they make the OTA path to Marshmallow. So I had no choice but to unlock the boot loader, root my phone and install factory Lollipop T-Mobile build LYZ28N. Once I did this, I UN rooted my phone and got prompted instantly to Marshmallow T-Mobile build MRA58X. This is the latest build out for T-Mobile Nexus 6.

    Just for the record, I bought my phone unlocked from Amazon. And for those whom haven’t received Marshmallow yet, check what build you have in about phone section. If it’s build LMY48X, then you’re outta luck for the time being. Until Google makes the OTA path(no time frame mentioned).

    • DavidAdhira

      Hey Jonathan, I have the same build LMY48X N6 and Tmobile is telling me it is not compatible. Calling BS on it of course.

      Do you now have the ability to do wifi calling on your N6?

      Thanks!

      • Jonathan Bracy

        Yes, WiFi calling works just fine. I use it all the time. Handy feature!

        And of course the Nexus 6 is deeeeead last AGAIN in getting the 6.0.1 update. I’m sure it’s being held up for testing on T-Mobile’s side of things.

        • DavidAdhira

          Nice, well I will be happy simply having 6.0 at least and get my wifi calling back, contrary to what T-mobile tech support is telling me.

          Did you happen to use the Nexus Root Toolkit from Wugfresh to flash your N6? It seems quite easy with that program!

        • Jonathan Bracy

          Yes! That’s the best Nexus root toolkit around. Been using that program since the Nexus One days. It’s a real easy program to use. One you flash and unroot, Enjoy the OTA to Marshmallow! You don’t need to relock the bootloader if you don’t want. It will not affect OTAs.

        • DavidAdhira

          So I was close to doing the whole process of rooting and installing M manually… but then an OTA update came up on my phone and installed 6.0.1 with the wifi calling feature now included! Problem solved… about damn time!

  • Maxwell Johnson

    I just got my Nexus 6 and it’s build number is LVY48F, is it possible to get Android 6.0 on it? I have T-Mobile and I really don’t want to root it or anything.