Everything you need to know about Android 6.0
Android 6.0 Marshmallow features
Without a doubt an upgrade has to be better than its predecessors! Android Marshmallow is better than Android Lollipop in a number of ways, big & small. The small changes show the developers eye for detail and their dedication to improve the ease of use in multiple ways. Android update has never failed to delight users with their updates.
Let’s have a look at all the new features offered by Android M –
- App permissions
As previously speculated, app permissions have been overhauled in Android M, and you can now choose to accept or deny individual permissions as you see fit. Permissions have also been simplified, and will now be requested the first time you try to use a feature, not at the point of installation.
- Web experience
Chrome Custom Tabs will allow apps to open a customized Chrome window on top of the active app, instead of launching the Chrome app separately. Chrome Custom Tabs supports automatic sign-in, saved passwords, autofill, and multi-process security to assist the integration of the app and web experience.
- Fingerprint support
Fingerprint scanner will be put to more use than just unlocking your phone device. Google will “standardize support” for fingerprint scanners on phones running Android Marshmallow. You can now use scanner while making purchases when shopping in real-life or within Play Store apps. Of course, your device will need a hardware fingerprint scanner, but with Google’s full support, expect to see these appear on many more devices in the future.
- Mobile payments
Google’s response to Apple Pay is here. Android Pay is Google’s new mobile payments system, designed to make the checkout process easier and faster. Google is aiming to provide “simplicity, security, and choice” with Android Pay.
However, its full-fledged use in Indian market is still unknown.
- App links
You may be familiar with the ‘Open with’ dialogue box which appears when you try to open a link within an app on Android. App links are being changed in Android 6.0, so that Android has a greater awareness of which apps can open content directly.
This is almost a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it improvement, but its representative of Google’s attention to detail: Android M is probably going to feel more usable without many people even realising why.
- Power and charging
We all hate running out of battery and Android Marshmallow wants to ease our pain through a new function called Doze to improve device standby time. By using motion detectors, Android will recognize when a device hasn’t been interacted with for a while, such as when a person is asleep or a phone has been left on a table, and reduce background processes.
- Improved cut, copy and paste
It might seem a minor change, but these new cut, copy and paste options are an overdue update to one of the most commonly used features. The new, more instinctual approach mirrors the iOS way of doing things.
- Auto app data backup
All the data is backed up to Google Drive, from which it can be plucked and placed on a new or reset device. So all your data, settings and passwords go back to how they were as if nothing ever happened.
- File Manager
Google has built a file manager into Android Marshmallow. It lacks many of the features of third-party file managers, but it does allow users to search, copy, share, sort and delete files.
What else is new in Android Marshmallow?
The little enhancements & changes offered. Let’s dive a bit deeper into Android 6.0 to see what awaits us when we get it.
10. Auto Backup and Restore for Apps
If you lose your device or delete the app, your previous progress will be restored the next time you install it, and it even works with apps which are side-loaded or accessed through a third-party app store.
11. New app drawer
One of the most immediately obvious visual changes to Android 6.0 is the new app drawer. This now scrolls vertically instead of horizontally, and is held against a white background, rather than a muted shade of your homepage wallpaper. Across the top of the menu you will see your four most recently used apps.
12. Android Marshmallow RAM manager
Android M includes a simple bar at the top of the page displaying the current performance status of a person’s handset; if it says ‘good performance’, you’re probably running an efficient set of apps.
13. Adoptable Storage Devices
Adoptable Storage Devices is Google’s new storage feature which essentially takes an external storage source (such as an SD card or USB drive) and formats it like an internal storage space. This means that app and personal data can be moved freely between a devices internal storage and its ‘adopted’ storage source.
14. Android Marshmallow dark theme
Buried within the first developer preview of the Android 6.0 settings was a ‘Dark theme’ option which transformed the menu background to a dark grey color rather than the normal pale shade. At the time, this only affected the settings menu, not the app drawer, and its function was purely cosmetic.
15. Google Now
Google Now has been improved upon once again with Android Marshmallow. It is now smarter than ever, and focuses on three key areas: being aware of different contexts, providing answers and helping you take action,
16. Rotating home screen
A surprisingly slow feature to make it to Android, the screen rotation function for the home screen has finally made an appearance. Now you can use your phone in landscape format both in apps and on the home screen.
17. Remove status bar icons
Android Marshmallow brings toggles for which icons you see in the status bar. If, for example, you always have Bluetooth on and don’t really need a persistent icon taking up space in your status bar, now you can simply remove it. The same goes for the Cast icon, hotspot, Do Not Disturb, alarm set, work profile, Wi-Fi, cellular data and more.
We hope you will love the Android M as much as we did. We are looking forward to living the Marshmallow life!