At a special event last September 29, 2015, Google took to stage the latest version of its Android mobile operating system diffusing the mystery as to what M means in Android M.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s final version was released last October 5 following three developer preview releases. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available to owners of Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player devices. As for Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P device owners, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow is already its default operating system.
For other Android-ready devices, keep an eye on your software updates, and soon, you’ll get to experience the following eight Android 6.0 Marshmallow features.
Different app menu look
Instead of horizontally flicking app menu pages, you simply need to scroll all the way down to your apps pages to access all your apps with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Same with Lollipop, the apps are still arranged alphabetically and creating app menu folders is still, unfortunately, still unavailable.
The scroll down feature is perfect for those who have a big library of apps on their devices.
App search bar
For those who are not fond of the scroll down feature on the apps menu, the app search bar should make you feel a little better.
Instead of searching for an app, simply enter name of the app you are looking for on the app search bar just above the app menu.
Additionally, just above the app menu are four special apps slots, and the apps that appear on these slots are those that you use often or the apps you used most recently.
Better clock interface
Aside from the app menu’s new look and the addition of the search bar, one of the striking differences you can sense with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow is its stylish clock design.
Compared to the Lollipop, the clock now has the date written in capital letters and the numbers of the time a bit thicker. This ensures readability, which is easier in the eyes.
Better RAM manager
With RAM being of the essence, Android 6.0 Marshmallow finally introduced a new RAM manager, which is designed to give device owners updated and comprehensible information about their current app demands and how it affects their device’s RAM size.
While it’s a bit complicated to navigate, the Android Marshmallow RAM manager can be found by selecting Settings > Apps > Options > Advanced > Memory.
Needless to say, with this feature available, users will now have an idea which apps to remove in order to prolong their device’s battery life and performance. This means you do not need to install RAM management apps, which takes your storage space.
Provision for external storage
Adoptable Storage Devices is Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s new storage feature. It allows users to move apps and personal data freely to their internal storage or to its adopted storage source. SD cards and USB OTG (On-The-Go) drives are considered adoptable storage devices and are wrapped with encryption to address security concerns.
Accepting or denying individual permissions is now easy with Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s app permissions features. Permissions are now simplified, and will appear whenever you try out a new app feature, and not when you are just about to install the app on your device.
Another demonstration of giving users more control with their Android device is the capability to modify permissions granted to apps by date and by type. Users may now be in control of their privacy, more than ever.
Chrome Custom Tabs
In the effort to provide a better user experience, Chrome Custom Tabs is poised to allow users to open a customized Chrome window on top of an active app instead of launching the Chrome app separately. This does not slow down the device and is very smooth.
Chrome Custom Tabs offers automatic sign in, auto fill, and saved passwords similar to Chrome on desktop.
Now on Tap
Ultimately, Google Now is more accessible on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, thanks to Now on Tap, a new feature that displays extra and relevant information on top of whatever you are currently doing based on what is on your screen.
For instance, if you are telling your friend about this restaurant you want to try, Now on Tap will give you the option to call the restaurant, read reviews on Yelp or find it on Google Maps. Another real convenience added for busy people.
It might be a while before Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be rolled out to all Android users, but you have to admit, these new exciting features are much to be awaited for. What are your thoughts on the new Android OS? Is it worth upgrading? Or is another slow update from Google?