Google recently released the factory images for Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Nexus devices. Here are the major changes that make Google’s latest offering a must update!
First and foremost, Marshmallow is more Google than its predecessors. Google Now has become more important than ever. Surface changes this time around are so subtle, that you might actually be confused on whether you are using the older Lollipop.
Google Now on Tap
The most important update that came around was Google Now on Tap. It essentially gives Google’s digital assistant some extra context for its queries, allowing it to scan the whole screen of whatever app you’re in to try to work out what you want to know.
For example, launching Google Now on Tap while viewing a movie basically gives you options to either read from Wikipedia or watch trailer either on YouTube or many more information about it.
The main purpose of Google is to answer a text message like “What time is the movie?”
Android lasts longer: Welcome Doze!
The tagline “A battery that works smarter, not harder” says it all. Google has introduce Doze and App Standby to improve your device’s battery life.When your device is at rest, Doze automatically puts it into a sleep state. So your phone can still set off your alarm in the morning even if you forgot to charge it. Phew!
No more battery drain from seldom used apps: App Standby limits their impact on battery life so your charge lasts longer.
New App Permissions
No need to give apps access all the time. Android Marshmallow lets you define what you want to share and when. Turn permissions off at any time, too.
Skip the crazy passwords: The key is at hand. Your fingerprint unlocks your phone and lets you securely breeze through sign in and checkout on Android Pay, the Play Store and even in apps. Obviously, you would need to have fingerprint scanner hardware in your phone!
This year is all about the UI/UX because in the end, it’s the end-user who decides whether a product will survive in the market or not. Android 6.0 has a new infinity scroll in the menu items with alphabetical sorting and navigation. There are new animations that pop up and slide down gracefully making the experience pretty smooth.
Which is your favorite Marshmallow feature? Let us know in the comments below!