After months of waiting, Google has finally announced that the next version of its mobile OS Android will be called Marshmallow. Also, it the next update of the OS will be numbered Android 6.0, instead of Android 5.2 as previously speculated.
Marshmallow was one of the highly speculated name that fits Google’s nomenclature of sweet treats like Cup Cake, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop. It beat other probable names like mud pie, mousse, and our very favorite Malai Barf.
Below are some of significant features we can look forward to with the next build of Android…
1. App Permission:
Android 6.0 Marshmallow officially introduces API Level 23, which is one of the requirements to have app permissions that can be granted on demand. We can even change the permissions that we want to deny or allow later on. The permission manager can be found in the Apps section inside the Settings menu; once you go there, you need to tap the gear icon at the top, which will hence open the menu giving you access to the app permission manager.
2. Android Pay:
With the arrival of Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Google is revamping its own mobile payment service it actually introduced back in 2010 with Android Gingerbread. Compatible with phones running on Android KitKat and above, Android Pay will let you walk into stores and tap on an NFC terminal to pay for products. Google Pay gives users a virtual account number and thus protects your actual number from being used and falling into the wrong hands.
Doze is a new feature that aims to solve or mitigate this issue to a certain extent by reducing the power consumed by the device when in idle state. Google claims to have achieved a battery life that’s twice as long on the Nexus 9 using Doze. This is done by minimizing the background processes when not in use. However, users do not need to fear about missing calls, alarms and other notifications as these will still be active and functioning even with Doze doing its work.
4. Native Fingerprint Support:
Google has chosen to include native fingerprint support in Marshmallow. Apart from allowing users to unlock their phones, the fingerprint sensor can be used to authorize payments on Android Pay and other apps.
5. USB Type-C Support:
USB Type-C will allow support for much faster charging as opposed to the current microUSB standard and it is also hassle-free as it can be plugged into the phone in any direction unlike microUSB. Google claims that if optimized, USB Type-C will allows up to 3-5 times faster charging speeds than current microUSB charging cables.
6. Network Settings Reset:
Just like resetting our phone, there is a new setting in the Backup and Reset menu on Marshmallow that allows users to reset just the network settings on their smartphones. This includes all Wi-Fi, Cellular Data as well as Bluetooth settings which can all be erased together in one single step. So if the network settings is all that we wish to clear, we can do so without having to reset the phone itself.
Beside above mentioned features, the following are some more added features:
- Rotating home screen: Now we can use our phone in landscape format both in apps and on the home screen.
- Delete screen shot: Now we can use your phone in landscape format both in apps and on the home screen.
- Remove status bar icon: We can remove icons seen in status bar. Ex: we always have work profile is on and don’t really need a persistent icon taking up space in your status bar, now we can simply remove it.
- App Drawer has been fixed: The new Android M removes vertical-scrolling app drawer, the alphabetical dividers on the left and negative space at the end of some sections.
- Internal storage gets some makeover: The new version of Android M introduces a simple line bar that shows how much space we have on your device with a breakdown of what is using up your internal storage.
- RAM Manager: RAM Manager in the settings menu that lets the user see what the average amounts of RAM being used over a specific duration.
However, Android M is still in developer preview and soon will be lunched for customer.