Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), the 8th version of Android OS, first came into light in the month of May 2015 and later was officially released in the Month of October, the same year. The Operating System Marshmallow, which was primarily focused on the improvement of the user experience of the operating system ‘Lollipop ‘came up with several new functionalities and thus presented users a major improvement on Lollipop. The last stable release of the Operating system came in the Month of June, 2016 on 6th and started presenting users with the new feature of ‘Google Tap’.
Currently Supporting Devices
The Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or better be called as Android M, currently works on Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P and Nexus 9.
Details of Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Breaking down the review part into different sections, we can say that the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is not a revolution but is in fact a refinement. The visual appearance of the Operating System, the Core features of Android M, Integration of new Google Products along with security and improvement to usability are some of the notable features of Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). There are several noteworthy improvements when we talk about Android 6.0, but here we will cover only the most notable parts and will be dealing on its impact.
Google Now on Tap
One of the important features of Android 6 allows highlighting the aspect of Google Now on Tap, which allows users to perform searches to a new level and within the context of the information as displayed on screen. Now, you can access this feature from anywhere on the Phone; all you need is to hold the ‘Home’ Button for a moment of time (a second) at any moment and Google Now will scan the screen and will come up with the results based on its findings.
Marshmallow came up with the new appearance and design and now the standard cog widget contains an icon displaying the destination of the particular shortcut. The dialer shortcut is being replaced with Google’s voice search in this particular operating system and thus highlighting the fact that the Voice commands are an integral part to Android 6.0.
Among several important changes as included in Android 6.0, the new fingerprint sensor API and a battery-saving feature called Doze, which aims to improve the battery life of your device, is a welcome effort. Regarding Apps Permissions, a noticeable change has been noticed with the Android 6.0 presenting you app permissions only when required, not at installation. Also to mention, updates to apps is now a smooth process and talking on the security and convenience point of view, we can quite comfortably give a thumbs up to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
Final Verdict on Marshmallow
Android 6.0 or Android M isn’t a revolutionary one and is primarily focused on a few aspects like ease of use of Google Products and delivering some easy and convenient ways of accessing and managing of apps. Indeed, Android Marshmallow makes some sense over Android Lollipop and shows a good improvement in terms of performance, battery life and several other features in comparison to its predecessor.