We all eat Marshmallow; we all enjoy marshmallow and we all love marshmallow! And Google has officially announced what the M in next Android update stands for, and it's Marshmallow.
Its a new android so definitely there will be cool things packed inside! So we bring you the features you can expect from Android 6.0.
Google is rectifying the mistake it did with Lollipop update with heavy designs and graphics. The Marshmallow is simpler and very basic. May be this will be good news fro android developers who need basic design but it is backed by strong new features and security. Also Google fixed many bugs which we faces with previous versions.
Though it sounds very old in the time of Apple Pay and Samsung Play, but Google is relaunching its wallet services with this version of Android. Though Google launched its mobile payment services in 2010 with GingerBread version but now it is revamping the feature with stronger and more secure backend. This will be compatible with all the phones running on Android KitKat and above, Android Pay will allow you to walk into any store and pay for products using Google wallet service Android Pay.
Android Pay is much more secured and user friendly. The system works by creating a virtual account number which will be shared with the retailer instead of the real number. Thus the whole payment is more secured and Identity of the user is hidden. Already 700,000 US stores have tied up with Google pay and it will work with all major credit and debit cards like MasterCard and VISA. Android Pay services is also a long awaited feature for Android developers as they will now be able to introduce Android Pay inside apps to make purchasing quicker and easier. Definitely Google will be able to secure heavy discounts and offers for its wallet service users soon. One thing is for sure; Android pay will definitely give a tough competition to other wallet services.
How you will feel if you are talking about a candle light dinner with your loved one on text messages and you just tap on Google assistance and you get a list of popular restaurants around you. Even better example, Think you are watching a video on YouTube and you simply tap on Home button and Google gives you all the information about the video. Isn`t this simply awesome!
You get all this with Google`s virtual assistant! Google`s virtual assistant is the best feature especially when it is combined with other services like YouTube. You can get useful, contextual information on anything you have currently running on your phone screen and this is now even better with new Android!
Security is the priority in new Android version and App permissions sit on the top. You go to install an app in the Google Play store and you're met with a long list of things the developer wants access to. Without knowing we have to give all permissions to the app, but now to make it easier for users to keep track of what phone features can be accessed, permissions will now sit in specific categories like Sensor, Camera and Location. Google used WhatsApp already downloaded to a phone as an example to showcase the new feature. When you need to use the microphone for a voice message, an app permission will appear prior to using the feature. If you grant access, you'll then be able to make a call. Additionally, if you want to have a better idea of what app permissions you've granted, you'll now be able to modify permissions within the phone settings.
While it is not new in Apple Pay, but Google is also bringing fingerprint technology in Android phones now. It is providing all necessary APIs to allow developers to add fingerprint safety with their apps. This security feature will also be used in Android Pay for biometric authentication purposes before making any transaction.
The major problem with Android users is the battery life. Though many phone manufacturers nowadays provide modes to increase battery stamina but unnecessary apps running in the battery eat up all the battery charge. To overcome this problem and boost up the battery life, Android Marshmallow is coming up with a new feature- Doze. The purpose of Doze is to recognise when the device is in a rested state and conserve power by using very few services in background. Google says it has tested it with a Nexus 9 and claims this can help make battery life last two times longer by killing unnecessary apps in the background. Also, priority services like clock, text messages, social media notifications will work normally with Doze.
Apple introduced earlier this year its new range of MacBooks that support USB type C. Even Chromebook pixels boasts of a USB type C. USB type C comes with whole lot of new features and the ability to charge a device much quicker with its charging methods. Phones and tablets running on Marshmallow will feature full support to USB type C and can leverage on many unique features it offers.
Though there are very normal additions but are definitely smart new additions. With growing use of social media sharing on smartphones; Now your Android will observe who you share content with frequently from different apps and will turn the process into a single click. With the press of a single button, you can share content with your friends with whom you share most frequently. Another is a floating toolbar while surfing Internet. This will help in copy and paste of content from web pages or documents on your phone.
The redesigned volume controls in Lollipop were not applauded and finally Google has improved that. It is much simpler and now also includes the ability to individually monitor audio from anything making sounds, whether that music or alarms.
This has been done to improve the web experience on phones especially when an app wants to push you into a web page. App developers can now use custom tabs to load on top of the app so you don't need to open another browser. These tabs will be in sync with Chrome App and will support automatic sign ins, saved passwords, multi-process security and autofill.
The final Android Marshmallow is available in Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 smartphones. Google tablet Nexus 9 and Nexus player set top box also support Marshmallow. And like the previous Android versions, we can expect roll out of Marshmallow version by end of the year in other phones.