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Android Marshmallow: Better, Smarter and Upgraded Operating System

Here is with us Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the new version of Google’s operating system that will officially begin to reach the first mobile devices over the next few weeks, with the Nexus being the first to upgrade.

After Lollipop released last year, Android Marshmallow is the next big update that will make our favourite operating system run along perfectly. It comes full of many improvements and novelties, many of them demanded by users, such as the following:

Permissions Administrator

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With Marshmallow arrives one of the characteristics most demanded for many years. The permissions administrator officially arrives. We finally have control over permits to further ensure our privacy and security. We can decide which permissions each app can access, such as calendar, contacts, camera, microphone, SMS, sensors, phone and location permissions.

Now on Tap with Android Marshmallow

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Now on Tap is the expansion of Google Now to our entire device. With a long press, you will see a card with information about what is appearing on the screen. For example, if we are reading an email from a friend who tells us to go to the cinema to watch a movie by clicking “Now on Tap” we will see the tab of that same movie.

Fingerprint Authentication 

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Marshmallow comes with official support for fingerprint sensors. Now on compatible devices, we can authenticate with our fingerprint, either to unlock the device or to make a payment for Google Play or Android Pay.

Automatic Backup for Applications

Now Android will perform full and automatic data restorations and backups of our applications after changing device or after the factory reset to continue with all our data and games.

Voice Interactions

The voice commands with Android Marshmallow will be more complete. Now, the applications will be able to ask their own questions to voice next to a list of options to launch by voice the content that we want. For example, a music application may ask us what genre we want to hear.

Ability to Share Content Directly

To share content with our contacts we will no longer have to select an application first and then the contact. With Direct Share we only have to select the contact directly. In the same window of sharing, we will see at the top of the list our frequent contacts associated with the most habitual applications with which we communicate with them.

Improved Battery Life

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Marshmallow will squeeze the battery life with “Doze“, its new system that will try to minimize the wake-locks when the device is not being used actively. Applications will increase the synchronization frequency when the device recognizes that we are using it intensively. Also “App Standby” there will be no more battery consumption of those applications that we rarely use.

USB and micro-SD drive to expand memory

Android finally adds full support of microSD and USB memories. Now we can connect a USB to view our multimedia files or to use as an internal storage medium, which allows us to install applications on a USB drive, something very practical in Android TV. And the same for micro-SD cards, which also put as internal memory to be able to move applications.

Bluetooth Pen Compatibility

You can now sync and connect a compatible Bluetooth stylus to our device. Marshmallow will withstand its buttons and the pressure of the pen to provide a greater of actions that cannot be added by just touching the screen with the finger.

Add more email accounts from the wizard

When we first set up our device, the wizard will now allow us to add more email accounts. Before we only allowed adding Gmail accounts, now we can also add Exchange, Yahoo, Outlook and any IMAP and POP account.

Lock screen

The lock screen is refreshed. Direct access to calls has been replaced by access to Google voice commands. To access the camera and voice commands you have to click on its access and slide sideways, it is no longer worth gliding from any side, so they fix the problem that Lollipop had, that many times we wanted to slip a notification and mistakenly entered in the camera or calls.

Simplified volume control

The old silent mode that disappeared in Lollipop returns in Marshmallow. Now after the vibration the silent mode will be passed. This new sound control now allows us to display all tone, multimedia and alarm volume controls.

Do not Disturb

The Lollipop priority interrupts have been moved in Marshmallow to the quick settings under the new “Do Not Disturb” name. When you click on “Do Not Disturb” we find the total silence mode, only alarms and only priority.

The Do Not Disturb setting allows us to fine-tune which notifications are the priority and create automation rules. Thanks to the rules of time and rules of events we can choose in what circumstances we want to activate their different ways of not disturbing.

System IU Configuration

Marshmallow hides a system IU configurator with which we can tinker with the system interface, for example, remove icons from the status bar or customize the quick settings.

Show percentage on battery icon

In the system IU configurator, we also find the new option to display the percentage in the battery icon.

Demonstration mode

If you are a developer and do a lot of screenshots, also in the system IU configurator you will find the new demonstration mode which clears the status bar of notifications, icons and shows you the 6:00 hour.

Application Information

The Information section of the application is renewed. Now you have access to the sections Storage, Data usage, Permissions, Notifications, Open by default, Battery and Memory, making it much easier to control and to manage our applications.

Apps Configuration

In Settings> Applications we find the new section of advanced options with which we will configure permissions, application links, default applications, which applications can write to other applications, which can modify the system settings or do not use battery optimization.

App Links

With Application Links, we can link each of our applications with URLs so that certain links always open with their respective applications. For example, let all Twitter links open with the Twitter application and does not ask every two by three with which application to open the link.

Default Applications

With the new Default Applications section, it will be much easier to tell which applications will be new web browser by default, our SMS application, phone application and our assistant.

Write about other Applications

In the section writing about other applications, we can say which applications and which one we do not want to show contents on top of other applications.

Modify System Settings

Under Modify system settings, as the name already indicates, it means applications may or may not change our system settings.

Battery Optimization

Battery Optimization is the section where we can deactivate the new battery saving “Doze” for certain applications, for example, if we are not interested in lowering the Hangouts synchronization frequency when we are sleeping.

File Browser

Storage settings release a new interface by adding a new file browser that allows us to scan all of our folders to delete or copy files.

RAM Memory

The new version of Android releases the new section “Memory” in the settings. There we will see the average use of the device memory, allowing us to see the use in 3, 6, 12 hours and one day. We can also see the memory used by the applications.

Text selection with translator

Marshmallow unveils a new text selector that gives us more options of copying, cutting, pasting, selecting everything, and the new option to translate with Google Translate.

Disable pop-up notifications

If you did not like the Lollipop popup notifications now in Marshmallow you can deactivate them.  Yes, application by application from your notification settings by turning off the “Allow preview” option.

Google Settings

From Marshmallow Google Settings let your application launch in the application launcher to integrate with the system settings. You are now in Settings> Google.

Support for Hotspot 2.0 version 1: Wi-Fi zone at 5 GHz

Android is made compatible with Hotspot 2.0 version 1 in the compatible devices like Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. In this way, we can create in our device a zone Wi-Fi using the frequency of 5 GHz.

Continuous Bluetooth search to improve location

In Settings> Location> Searching we see that now Android will always be looking for Bluetooth devices to improve our location even if we have Bluetooth disabled. That option can be disabled.

Reset network settings

In Settings–> Backup & Restore now we can reset the network settings to restore our APNs, Wi-Fi connections and Bluetooth.

Battery usage in mAh

When we query the battery usage of an application we will now see its *calculated battery usage in mAh*.

Remove Screenshot from Your Notification

When taking a screenshot now from your notification we have the option to delete it.

USB for single charge only

By default and for security, when we connect a USB cable to our device will be only in load mode. We will have to press the notification to change the mode to be able to transfer files.

Finder Settings only in the General Listing

The settings finder will only be available from its main view and not in all sections to avoid the confusion that caused the user to find this search in all sections, because for example, within the application manager it seemed that the search engine was for filter applications when it was to search for general settings.

4K Display Mode

Marshmallow allows applications to be represented in 4K resolution, as long as the hardware is compatible.

Support USB 3.1 Type-C

Android 6.0 Marshmallow adds support for the new USB 3.1 Type-C connection that in a few years will already be a standard. With USB 3.1 Type-C the file transfer will be much faster and you will be able to choose the direction of the load, with which we will be able to load from our Android device other devices.

Security Patch Level

Now in the device information, we can check the date of the last security patch installed. Google and many manufacturers are committed to launching regular monthly updates. This way, the user will know if this device has not updated for months.

Easter egg

Finally, we see Marshmallow’s Easter egg, which is nothing more than the Easter egg of Lollipop, its game based on Flappy Bird in which they have changed the lollipops by clouds.

What’s your user experience with Android Marshmallow so far?

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