Android, the fastest growing operating system, has come a long way from what it was during its initial days. The Android Lollipop was the best version of the OS that helped it looked the most complete it has ever been. The latest Android version that has come out after the Android Lollipop is the Android v6.0 Marshmallow, which looks more of like an extension of the already available Android 5.x but a very worthy and important extension.
The latest version of Android, Google’s mobile operating system, Marshmallow made its debut on the latest Nexus smartphones Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. After which the updates have gradually rolled out to the older Nexus devices and even later to other non-Nexus smartphones. The HTC One A9 became the first non Nexus smartphone to be running the latest Android version 6.0 Marshmallow.
Latest Android Version 6.0 Marshmallow Features
Design-wise, Android Marshmallow looks almost the same as its predecessor, Marshmallow has the same material design and most of the new features and additions that we saw on Lollipop have moved on to the latest android version of Marshmallow. This does come in handy from the consistency point of view. While keeping the overall look and feel of the OS similar to its predecessor Google has made slight changes hither and thither. Like, the users will do see some visual changes especially on the lockscreen, animations and effects, notification pulldown bar, volume controls, permission controls, revamped application launcher and Google Now menu, anf more. But the most significant changes that come with the Android latest version are behind the scenes – fingerprint support, Permission controls, Doze feature to improve battery life, automatic app and data backups, and many other things.
For now let’s have at the most important new features that has been included in Android Marshmallow.
Google Now On Tap:
Google Now on Tap comes as one of the highlight and most important feature of the latest android update, this feature is about Google Now inspecting whatever there is on the screen of your smartphone and then deliver pertinent information depending on that.
Let us see how do this feature work – While viewing something, you can tap and hold the home button, in response to which Google gives you information according to its best guess of what will be helpful to you in that moment. If you you need something in particular, you can get Google to help by saying “Ok Google” and this can be said from any screen, or app.
Let’s consider an example to get a better idea of how this thing works, for example, if you’re listening to a song, you can say “Ok Google, who’s the singer” and Google will provide you your answer right away. As Google says, “Now on Tap anticipates what you need in the moment. With a simple tap, you can get cards with useful information and apps that feed your need to know.“
Smarter Battery Saving:
The latest android version, Marshmallow comes with two important features to improve battery life of you Android Marshmallow powered smartphones, Doze and App Standby.
(A) Doze: As the name suggest, the Doze feature automatically puts you smartphone into a sleep state when it is at rest or idle. By idle, i mean really idle, it will not go to Doze when it lying in your pocket unused. For this feature to start running, the smartphone must be sitting still with the screen turned off, and the phone not connected to a charger, no moving around or nudging the gyro or any other motion sensors, no touching the screen or any of the buttons. This does not stop all of the notifications, the ‘high priority’ labelled apps and notifications can still send you notifications. Phew!
(B) App Standby: The App Standby feature will automatically put the apps that remain unused for a long time to sleep. If the app doesn’t get used for a period of time, the app enters the standby mode and is basically disabled.
Control and Security:
(A) App Permissions: Till the last version of Android, Android Lollipop, a user could not stop an app from using. But this is changed with the new Android Version Marshmallow. Now a user do not need to give apps access to everything all the time. With this version of the operating system you can choose what you want to share and when do you want to share that with any app and you can turn these permissions off at any time, too.
(B) Fingerprint Support: Google has finally added APIs for supporting finger scanners in the operating system. This enables you to unlock your phone and securely breeze through the sign in, Play Store and also in apps just by using your finger.
The Android Marshmallow is steadily been released for different smartphones. You can check if Android Marshmallow will be available for your device (if that is planned) FROM HERE.