Android 6.0 Marshmallow: A recent Google makeover

Android 6 Marshmallow

In November 2014, the tech giant, Google launched Android (5.0) Lollipop. In the last quarter of 2015, Google unveiled its codename “Android M” as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has updated its Android system mobile software for smartphones and tablets. Marshmallow is primary launched to provide an improved version of Lollipop, with new permissions architecture, new APIs, a new power management system which reduces the background activity, finger recognition assistance and USB Type-C connectors which help to migrate data and application through a micro SDcard.

The crux of Android 6.0 Marshmallow features are as follows:

1. System Usability Improvements

(A) Simplified Volume Control

Marshmallow offers a streamlined volume control. A single volume slider here expands to reveal ring volume as well as media volume and alarm volume. Tapping the sound toggle will create a mini-menu ‘Do not disturb’. Here you can put the feature on and off and also select three modes: total silence, alarms only and priority only.

Volume Control makes it easier to change all the significant volumes without digging around into menus.

(B) App Links

A long-standing annoyance with Android is over! It handles app links. It enables the installed applications to share their web URLs. For example, if you’re regularly posting links from the web to Facebook, then Facebook will be going to appear in the pop-up Share menu.

Of course, all of your social media sharing applications are already available, but the ones you use most frequently are going to be easier to reach.

(C) Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb

‘Do not disturb,’ can turn the feature on and off from the events on your calendar. Exceptions can be added via the sound and notifications menu. Of course, you can still allow certain events, apps and contacts to make an audible alert on your device while the volume is down.

(D) Select Text accurately

While you’re selecting the text in Android Marshmallow device, the OS automatically extends your selection which reduces the time fiddling about trying to get exactly the right words or phrases highlighted on the screen.

2. Context Assistance

(A) Now on Tap is available

Android “Now on Tap” is the exclusive feature. It is designed to understand the context better than ever before. All the user need to do is press the home button longer and “Now on Tap” will scan the page, and returns with the appropriate results. It’s an extension of regular Google search.

Now on Tap understands the content, whether it is in Google or the third-party app, and delivers information that might be relevant to keywords on-screen. Whether you are searching for songs, movies or venues, it identifies inside the current app, and you get a bunch of related links.

3. Battery Optimization

(a) Doze

Doze battery saver

Doze is a smart battery manager. It detects when you’re not using your phone and put it into a kind of sleep mode, so it uses less power. This is a bless to Android users! Marshmallow allows losing only 3-5 percent of battery in the night, as compared to 15-25 percent in other devices. Now you can watch movies or read books carefree!

(b) Maximum usage of USB Type-C

It essentially provides speedy charging, quicker data transfer, advanced multitasking and reversible cables. Although not every device has USB Type-C ports yet, and not all are shipping with Type-C cables and adapters, but soon Marshmallow devices will also be able to reverse-charge other devices.

4. High Security Set up

(A) Manage the App permissions

App permissions

The user can avoid the weird and confusing hardware permissions of each Android applications. Earlier when a user downloads an application from the Google store it gives the user a text asking for the app permissions. It now let the users reject or approve agreements from individual apps and functions within the app itself. This may enhance control over apps as you get to decide on a case-by-case basis what something can access.

(B) Booting Process

Booting Process

Marshmallow’s verified booting process helps to ensure the trustworthiness of their software during each boot sequence. Booting will warn you if the firmware and Android operating system have been modified from the factory version.

(C) Using fingerprinting sensors

Apple Pay already has this feature. Biometric security will ensure the Android users to make safe mobile payments, as well as allow Android Pay transactions and integrate support into other apps.

(D) Smart Password Locks

Smart Lock for Passwords is a Google, password manager. It allows your website and app passwords to be saved on your Google account.

5. Productivity

(A) Smarter Text Selection

When you select the text using Android Marshmallow, the OS automatically extends your selection to match whole words. This ensures fiddling to get exactly the right words or phrases highlighted on screen. If one needs character-by-character selection, then s/he can drag the blue handles back in from the front or end of the selection.

(B) Notification & Quick settings

Notification and Quick Setting

Marshmallow has an easy notifications and quick settings area. The notifications area which displays app notifications can be expanded or tapped to launch the full app after a single swipe from the top of the home screen. The Quick Settings area shows your screen brightness slider as well as toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mobile data, etc. which comes with a two-finger swipe down from the home screen.

Final Words

Marshmallow is concerned with few things: Accessing the Google services easier; fulfilling better ways to access and manage applications; addressing major weaknesses like battery life and security; and delivering more customization and user-facing controls Android users.

Marshmallow makes more sense than Android Lollipop and improves on its predecessor regarding performance, battery life and feature set.

It has brought big change to Android users which is worth exciting!

Author Bio –

Kaira Clark is an accomplished web developer working with Xicom Technologies Ltd, one of the best amongst various IT Outsourcing Companies in India. Xicom proffers offshore software development and various IT Services. Contact her in order Hire Web Developer to avail the highly functional eCommerce and web Development Solutions.

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