Official Android 6.0 Mashmallow was released yesterday. Today, let’s take a quick look at some of the new features with it.
First, you will notice a new easter egg by hitting on the Android 6.0 version a bunch of times. Tap and hold the marshmallow to access the new Android game with marshmallows.
Second, there’s a new feature called “Google Now on Tap”, that allows you to find relevant resources for the screen you are on. For example, if you are reading the Trailer Park Boys Wikipedia page, hold down the home button and Google Now On Tap will bring up relevant links to the actors in the show. It doesn’t always bring up the most relevant links yet but this is a new feature that is constantly improving so in the long run it should help you browse faster and smarter. Also, copy and paste will bring up Google Now on Tap bringing you relevant information so you can easily find what you are looking for without doing additional copying and pasting to the browser.
Third, Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes with a new DOZE feature that will keep your phone in suspended mode to save battery life when the accelerometer detects inactivity of the phone.
This should save a ton of battery life for most users when you are not using your phone. Also, the DOZE feature will keep your least used apps in check by keeping them at low state of activity. Google states that the new DOZE feature increased screen-off times by over 30%.
Fourth, Google has added a “Google” menu to its settings where you can control settings for all types of Google apps including the new Android Pay, disconnect connected apps, and much much more.
Fifth, Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes with advanced control of what your apps have permission to. You will be able to prevent rogue apps from accessing information on your phone and keep your phone more secure. You will also be asked about permissions when you first install and launch an app so you have full control over your apps and what they can access on your phone.
Sixth, the new launcher now goes vertical instead of horizontal along with a search bar and most used app section.
Seventh, fingerprint sensor is now integrated into the Android OS, you will be able to fully use fingerprint sensor on AOSP ROMs with older and new phones along with Android Pay integration.
Eighth, Android Pay is now fully integrated into the Android OS, meaning you can easily hook up your credit cards and use it on any credit card reader that supports it out of the box.
Ninth, go to About Phone-> hit the Build number a bunch of times until it says you are a developer, then you will be able to access the new System UI tuner menu in Developer Options, allowing you to customize your quick settings shortcuts.
Tenth, Marshmallow now has a dedicated menu in settings for memory showing you exactly where your memory was used in the last 3, 6, 12, and 24 hours. Memory management has also been improved so you should get the same or better performance with less memory on newer Android devices.
Performance on Android 6.0 Marshmallow doesn’t seem drastically improved as far as benchmark scores go but I notice that switching between apps are much faster and RAM management should have been improved to give you a faster overall experience.
Overall, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the latest version that will keep us high on Android for another year and it should be coming as updates to your phone in the upcoming months. It is already available for Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 9 users. I should have a quick update video tutorial up soon.
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