Android 6.0 Marshmallow was released on October 5 and first, it’ll run on the new Nexus 5X and 6P, then it’ll roll out to the Nexus 5 and 6 and other different devices. There are still many phones that run on Android 5.1 Lollipop and it isn’t certain once, they will get the new operating software, and also the users need to understand what they are missing, what are the new features that are introduced in Marshmallow.
Android 5.1 Lollipop came in May and brought several bug fixes, however, once Android 6.0 Marshmallow was announced, the users who own a Nexus device were able to transfer the developer preview so as to check out the new features. In total, there have been three developer previews and at last, the time has arrived to release the official version, that brought fingerprint support, Google currently on tap and different features.
First of all, you may see several visual changes related with the animations and effects, the home screen, volume controls, notification pulldown bar, the Google Now menu etc, Doze is a new feature that extends the battery life by up to 30%, and also the automatic app and knowledge backups can prevent from trouble in case you lose your phone or it gets stolen, which means that the information is saved in the cloud and you will be able to recover it anytime.
The lockscreen contains now a microphone icon, that fires up Google now voice controls; the application tray includes a vertical scrolling list of applications that are displayed alphabetically; the notification bar settings comes with new additions like permissions, the “do not disturb” mode, fast settings, Doze, that improves the battery life, now on Tap and more; Google now on Tap – that takes voice commands and sets reminders and alarms, or sends messages and makes calls – will be activated by long pressing the home button; Permissions is a feature which will prevent applications from automatically accessing the camera, location, etc., which implies that in Marshmallow, the apps which will ask permissions first; all devices with a fingerprint scanner can have native fingerprint support and also the users are going to be able to unlock their phones or create app purchases using Android Pay etc.; the volume controls are revamped, additionally the 3 volume controls will be accessed from the dropdown button; the widget picker tray was also improved, and it’s easier to use, therefore to add widgets to the home screen, just long press anywhere on the home screen and tap on widgets.
Also, Marshmallow comes with a dedicated RAM Manager tool that shows the typical memory use of every application.
Remember that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will first roll out to the Nexus 5, 6, 7, 9 and Nexus Player, then it’ll be available for the flagships manufactured by other different brands.