Android Marshmallow: Features of the new version

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Android 6.0 version named as Android M. Android Marshmallow (Version 6.0) its way, we know your name and version number. The new SDK to start developing applications for Android 6 Marshmallow is also available and there is even a third version of the Developer Preview.

Android Marshmallow not a big change in terms of design, but we do have a few interesting developments especially in user experience and battery. Discover all the news about the new version of Android.

Android Marshmallow features

Android Marshmallow : 

The release date of Android Marshmallow is already confirmed, but it seems that Google made available with the new models.

Development 1:

In addition to confirming the name and version number for the latest edition of Android, it has also released the third developer preview of the new version of Android. This new preview seems to be the last and we suppose that is as close to the version that will be presented alongside the new Nexus.

Among the changes, it brings this new version we have the final interface for user permissions and an update on the API that controls the fingerprint recognition. The new preview also has a new animation when you turn on the device much more entertaining.

This Developer Preview 3 is available for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, 9 and Nexus Nexus Play. You can download the latest preview in tgz to flash page directly from the Android Developers under the section Hardware System Images. Since Google have also reported that an OTA for this new version will be available in the coming days, in case you want to keep the details of your Nexus and do not mind waiting.

Development 2:

During his official presentation, Google showed a considerable number of innovations that will appear on your new update. Days later, the version was published for the Nexus 5, 6, 9 and Player terminals, and can find out how to install here. Those who installed this version will receive the update in the following days.

Platform changes:

Permissions related to the external memory location of WiFi and Bluetooth, and contacts and identities are changed.

In addition, both the menu of applications such as widgets is again renewed: the first removes the separator characters we saw in the first version, leaving fewer spaces and more resembling the applications menu we knew so far. Menu widgets, meanwhile, now let’s see the initials of the widgets available if you slip your finger on the right side of the screen.

Another change within the platform is that now, utilize the USB port, this will be in “single load” default mode, but can be changed manually to ‘Transfer files’, ‘Transfer photos’ or ‘MIDI’.

Customize icons in the status bar:

We can not only edit what options we see on the menu of quick adjustments but we can also customize which icons shows the status bar via the “Settings”, eliminating those icons that we use less often and Bluetooth, Ethernet, etc. Not only can that but also see the percentage of battery that remains, which appear as a number in the battery icon in the top of the phone.

Renewed Settings:

The storage section has received a file browser that lets you delete and move folders, while the ‘Memory’ section can be accessed directly from now on ‘Settings’ and now shows, upon entering, the use of 3, 6 , 12 and 24 hours.

In addition, the search engine settings are included only in the general list that appears on the first screen to access the menu.

Improvement 3:

Visual voice mail menu:

Marshmallow Android finally brings a native voice to the voice menu, which means that users will not have to rely on answering services to each of its operators. However, operators will still have to provide service support to Google for this visual voicemail work and, for now, only Orange and T-Mobile have confirmed that they will support this service.

With this option, you can then see that we receive voice messages through a menu as if it were a messaging application. He can play every message in the same menu and even transcribe, although this too, only if the operator permits.

Preview version of Android 6

At the end of the conference Keynote during the event Google I / O , Google made available for developers to preview Marshmallow version of Android for some terminals of the Nexus range. Among the lucky ones are the Nexus 5, 6, 9 and Player. You can find links to each of the downloads in our article on what devices will get Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Special Functional features:

Android 6.0 New Features brings about what we knew so far in other editions.

1. Native support for microSD

After years of requests from users, Google has finally agreed to design a navigator support for microSD cards, which can interact with the phone as if it were an extension of the internal memory itself, allowing even install external applications into the microSD card removable. In addition, this new feature will make the menu is changed slightly so that if we have applications stored on the microSD, we can see the menu fragmented between stored on the phone and what is in the memory card.

2. Granular permissions control:

Android 6.0 brings improvements in the Privacy section. So that now users can choose which grant permissions to applications. Then we can decide if we want an application to have access to our images, videos, calls, etc.

We landed in these controls from the settings menu, where each application would list them all the functions that are potentially available to carry out all their actions.

In the example, below we see what happens when accessing the Facebook app from the settings. The ‘Permissions’ section allows us to give the app access to different functions of your phone.

3. Custom Chrome Tabs:

Through this feature, Chrome developers can paste into your application so that it looks like a browser within the application, but is Chrome. This new feature can save passwords and is available today for developers.

4. Customizing the Quick settings:

The tuner UI system now lets you edit from the quick menu parameters shown in the action bar of the phone. From the menu “Settings” you can change the order in which these parameters appear.

5. Android Pay:

Based on NFC Card Emulation and Host, this payment system is based on the “simplicity and security.” Pay Android is an open platform, so you can use Google or any other application, for example, our bank.

Google assures us that “security is paramount in Android Pay”, so they use the virtual account information to represent our own, but not send our current credit payment. Finally, if you steal the phone we can use Android Device Manager to block it immediately from anywhere.

6. Unlock by fingerprint feature:

Google has added a new fingerprint authentication on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Some Android handsets, such as Samsung Galaxy S6, already include this feature, but through software manufacturer, not android, so now Google provide official support. This would mean that the next Nexus would also bring the necessary hardware to identify the fingerprint.

7. Improved battery usage:

Google’s efforts to improve the battery life are increasing. Android Marshmallow you want to improve the positioning control (which, as we consume the battery very quickly), optimization of RAM (which in some devices is quite high), and a reduction in consumption when the terminal has the display off or if no movement is detected, causing some applications are turned off. For example, a Nexus 9 ‘Doze’ can last twice as long as a Nexus 9 without this new system.

Also, it notes that Android will support USB Type C and therefore can put the cable without paying attention to the position of the pin.

8. Other improvements:

Many users will be glad to hear that Android Marshmallow has improved the selection of words and how to copy and paste. They have also brought back the (bravo!) Muted.

Easter egg:

After how ridiculously hard it appeared in the game as Easter egg Lollipop (seriously, has anyone been able to spend more than two lollipops?), There is much anticipation about what the egg in Android Marshmallow. In the preview version, if accessed in the same manner as in Lollipop (Settings> about phone> Android version), all you get is the following message: “¯ _ (ツ) _ / ¯”. We assume that the egg will not be available until the final version of Android Marshmallow is on the market.

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Satish Kumar Ithamsetty
 

Satish Kumar Ithamsetty is a full-time blogger from India who is managing this technology blog. Apart from running this technology blog, he is managing blog on Blogging tips.

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