The latest Android OS is Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Yes you are right that there is an introduction of a new version of Android. Though it is not yet available in all the handsets, but it is surely available as an update for the Android One users. It is very important to know more about the features of this latest version of the Android. So let us have a roll on the various features of this latest version of the Android OS.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow Features
Have you observed that all the versions of the Android are named after sweets. Example Kitkat, Lollipop and now marshmallow. Though I will not go into the olden days of Gingerbread and Jelly Beans. So Google loves to give some sweet delight to the users. The best part is that this OS will be soon rolled out in many new smartphones as well as existing smartphones. Android has won a lot of hearts and it is one of the reason why people are buying the devices.
I will not talk about much about the Android and Apple OS differentiation, but would like to say that the majority of the smartphone users are using Android devices. The basic reason is that these smartphones are available in a very less price. You can say that these are budget smartphones. There are loads of gadget manufacturers who love to be with Android. It always keep on evolving and is free to use and there are loads and loads of applications on the Google Play Store. Most of these apps are very much useful for the user. Also most of them are free to install.
On Tap Home Button
With the use of tap and hold of the home button, the user can easily see the relevant information and various shortcuts of your apps. This is one of the simple and effective need for the user. A good implementation in the User Interface of the Android 6.0. Though the three buttons which you see in the Android Lollipop are still existing, the Triangle, circle and the square touch buttons are still there!
Smart Utilization of Battery
We surely know that the current Android devices are using a lot of battery. Mainly the apps and the complete OS altogether. So this time in the latest version of Android, they have made the Android Marshmallow trying to save your battery.
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When your device is not in use, this feature automatically turns it into sleep state.
Apart from the Doze feature there is now an App Standby function where this feature will limit the seldom apps to drain the battery. This will help the user to use the battery for a prolong period of time.
App permissions on the go
You have the control of what all permissions to give the apps and what not. So you can easily now turn the permissions to off state at any time.
Fingerprint simplified Security
This feature is for the people who are having fingerprint sensors in their smartphone. So user can easily use their finger instead of a set of characters password to unlock the device.
P.S. Because of this feature, more and more smartphone manufacturers will now introduce the fingerprint sensors in the budget smartphones in the coming months.
When the user boots up the Android device he will warn you if the Android Operating system and firmware have been modified from the factory version.
Android Run Time (ART) helps the application performance and lowers the memory overhead for a faster multi-tasking experience.
This OS helps in the improved text rendering and typesetting performance. It also has new smarter text selection and built-in undo/redo actions which are near to the fingertips of the user. It has bluetooth stylus support which helps pressure sensitivity and modifier keys. Duplex printing support option available to save paper. When the user selects a particular text, he/she can be able to easily translate it to any language. To do this the user should install the Google Translate App.
There are a lot of system usability features which are improved in the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There are App Links which can be directed to the App itself rather than going to the mobile website. So this is an important navigation enhancement. There is an easy toggle for the “Do Not Disturb” which can be done from the Quick Settings. Easy to use volume controls. There is also a streamlined settings of the app`s settings which help to showcase the battery usage, the memory usage, app permission controls and also the notifications. Google Now Launcher will help the user to showcase the fast alphabetic scrolling, search and also predictive app suggestions.
Flex Storage is helpful to make the external storage encrypted expanded storage for the apps, with easier flexibility.
There are 74+ languages which are now available while using Android. Some of them include Gujarati, Urdu, etc.
There is the bluetooth low energy which helps to scan the nearby bluetooth accessories with ease and effectively. There is a Bluetooth SAP which can help to make calls from your car phone using your phone`s SIM. This is important aspect for the IOT(Internet of Things). The new portable wi-fi hotspot in the new Android now supports the 5 GHz frequency bands.
Device Setup and Migration
The user can transfer the accounts, data to new device or your favourite apps when you migrate from a old android device to a newer one. Auto backup for the apps are there included in the Android 6 which helps to make the backup and restore more efficiently. While doing the setup of the new device the user can setup a personal or corporate email account.
If you are using a particular app from the work profile and the device is unlocked directly, the user will be notified for the same. The VPN apps will be available in the Settings -> More -> VPN where in the user can configure a VPN network with ease.
This update is surely welcomed by the Google Nexus devices and also the budget Android One devices. In India already Android One devices have started receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to their smartphones.
Let us welcome the new Android OS version. If you are using the Android 6.0 Marshmallow then let us know your experience in the comments below.