The five best new features coming to smartphones and tablets with Marshmallow.
Android 6.0 promises huge improvements where battery life is concerned. Using a combination of hardware sensors and software tweaks, phones and tablets running Marshmallow will know when they’ve been sitting idle for a period of time, and they will disable some background processes and other battery-hungry features while they’re not in use.You’ll still get notifications, but battery life will be stretched out substantially by this new development. If your phone is sitting idle on your desk next to your computer all day, there’s no reason your battery should suffer like it does now.
· Google Now on Tap
It’s an awesome feature, and it pushes Google Now even further ahead of the competition. Google Now is already one of the best things about but it’s getting a huge shot of adrenaline in Android 6.0. Dubbed “Google Now on Tap, the new feature adds information from third-party apps to the pool of data Google Now will sift through and act upon.
Hold the home button while in any app and Google Now will analyze it instantly. Here’s an example of how it might be used: your friend texts you with “Hey let’s go to Dante’s Pizza tonight.” Holding the home button will trigger Google Now on Tap, which might show you the restaurant on a map, let you know what its hours are today, and link you to some reviews.
· Cut, Copy, Paste
In earlier versions of Android, selecting text would open a series of buttons at the top of the screen, and many people are still confused about what each one does. In Android 6.0, selecting text or a photo will pop up a menu directly above your selection with the words “cut,” “copy,” and “paste,” just like iOS. This makes things much easier since your finger is obviously already right there as you make your selection.
· New App Permission Structure
Currently, it’s all or nothing with app permissions until you install some third-party tweaks on your Android device. In Marshmallow, however, you can pick and choose which permissions each individual app gets. So, for example, if you want to install Facebook but you never want the app to have access to your camera or location, you can do that now.
The only bad news here is that killing individual app permissions in the early days of Android 6.0 will cause some problems. Developers have to update their apps in order to ensure that they keep functioning properly with certain permissions disabled, and that will probably take a while.
· App Backup and Restore
Switching to a new phone or restoring an existing phone that you wipe is a huge pain with Android devices. Beginning with Marshmallow, however, that’s going to change.
When an Android 6.0 device is idle and connected to Wi-Fi, it will automatically backup app data and settings to Google Drive behind the scenes. If you ever wipe your phone or switch to a new one, you’ll finally be able to quickly and easily restore all of your apps as they were previously.
More Marshmallow update!
1. Android Marshmallow: Status Bar Customization
The settings menu has been expanded to allow you to directly customize which icons appear in the status bar – don’t want to see a Bluetooth indicator? Toggle it off or on as you wish.
2. Android Marshmallow: Android Pay & Mobile Payments
Speaking of which, Google went into more detail about its own specific platform; Android Pay. “Simplicity, security and choice,” are the buzzwords here. The firm explained that you’ll be able to sync the service with your existing credit and debit cards and, as expected, it’s partnered with a wide range of retailers and brands (although emphasis is, currently, on US retail).
3.Android Marshmallow: App Permissions
Information from Samsung had previously hinted at this, but Google’s announcement has now confirmed that Marshmallow’s app permissions have been tweaked, enabling users to reject or approve permissions from individual apps and individual functions within that app. You won’t be hit with a big wall of permissions when you install an app anymore, instead when you use a feature, say the voice message recording inside Whats App, that’s when it’ll ask you for permission. You can still go into permissions for a given app and tweak them at any time.
4.Android Marshmallow: Web Browsing & Chrome
This feature will allow app developers to customize the tabs to fit the look and feel of their own app design language, but will be directly linked to Chrome on that device and a logged in user account, preserving things like remembered passwords and login details – allowing for a seamless experience.
5.Android Marshmallow: Fingerprint Scanner
Between the inclusion of fingerprint scanners on a range of Android phones (including the new Nexus devices) and the roll out of Google’s own Android Pay it was inevitable that some attention be given to fingerprint scanning and bio metric security. Google’s gone for standardized, built-in support for fingerprint authentication, allowing developers to make use of the feature for unlocking devices, logging into apps and content, and purchases via either web stores or points-of-sale in bricks n’ mortar retail outlets.
6.Android Marshmallow: Battery Optimizations
We heard about Doze some time ago when Google previewed Android M – essentially it will use on board sensors to detect when the phone has been unused for a while and goes into a specially tailored low-power sleep mode, which switches off a bunch of power-hungry background processes. Naturally the new USB Type-C is integrated for rapid charging.
7.Material Design: New App Drawer & New Animations
It’s not a big visual overhaul but Material Design has been tweaked a little, most notably the new animations designed to make everything even more visually integrated, intuitive, and seamless. On top of this a new app drawer design is much cleaner, features vertical scrolling, discretely colors itself the same way as your wallpaper, and priorities your most-used apps at the top. Lastly, Google has added a more seamless home screen rotation functionality, and options for toggling this on or off.
8.Android Marshmallow: Android RAM Manager
No this isn’t a kind of shepherd. The Android RAM Manager keeps a close eye on your phone’s Random Access Memory and shows you a much more detailed background of which apps are most hungry for your phone’s grey matter.
9.Android Marshmallow: Adoptive Storage
Another one we’ve heard of before, Adoptive Storage allows the Android system to “adopt” an external memory device such as a micro SD card and treat it as on board storage.
10. Android Marshmallow: Dark Theme
Pretty much does what it says on the tin; there’s a dark theme now if you want it!
11. Android Marshmallow: Google Now
Plenty of attention has been focused on Google Now, generally with the intention of making it smarter, faster, more responsive and accurate, and overall easier to use and get exactly what you need out of it.
Google says the Google Now suite understands context better than ever before, so for example, if you have a route set up in your Maps already you can ask “how far is it?” and Google Now will know you are referring to the current route’s end destination – you don’t have to be so specific any longer.
12. Android Marshmallow: Voicemail
Google has expanded voicemail functionality to include a lot more useful details at a glance and allowing you to control your message playback via a slider, pause, delete and much more, rather than having to go through the annoying process of pressing number keys to perform these functions when prompted. This functionality will need to be enabled on a carrier-by-carrier basis, but support is expected to become widespread.
13. Android Marshmallow: Android Marshmallow Release Date
According to a report dating September 25, courtesy of Mobile Syrup, the existing Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 handsets will be receiving Android Marshmallow by October 5. The info comes via Canadian carrier Telus, which published a software update schedule for several of its devices. Among these, the two Nexus devices were mentioned with “Android M” as the new build.