Google finally took the curtains off its latest Nexus smartphones running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The latest Android flavor largely focuses on improving the user experience by giving you more control.
Here are all these major features of Android M:
With Android M, you can now choose to accept or deny individual permissions from applications right at the time when an app needs to access your devices’ resources.This means that permissions will now be requested the first time you use a feature and not at the time of an app installation. So you don’t have to agree to the list of permissions that does not fit your usage pattern.
For instance, Snapchat will prompt one-time request for permission to use your smartphone’s front camera when you will use it for the first time and not at the time of installation. You can also view and modify the permissions granted to apps at a later date from the settings menu.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow standardises the fingerprint support on Android devices not only to unlock the device, but to also make purchases when shopping in real-life or within Play Store apps. Your devices will need a hardware fingerprint scanner to begin with, but now with Google Pay becoming a standard OS feature, we can expect to see a number of Android devices with fingerprint scanners in future.
Google’s response to Apple pay-the Android Pay is designed to make the checkout process easier and faster. It is compatible with any device featuring NFC capabilities (and running 4.4 KitKat or above), and is being supported by American Express, Visa, Mastercard, etc.
To enhance the web experience on Android devices, Google has updated the Chrome browser “Custom Tabs” that will allow apps to open a customised Chrome window on top of the active app, instead of launching the Chrome app separately. This will reduce the time users spend on staring at the blank screens while navigating between apps and the web. Chrome Custom Tabs supports automatic sign-in, saved passwords, autofill, and multi-process security to assist the integration of the app and web experience.
Another significant attempt by Google to make things easier and quicker is the integration of “App links” in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. With this, Android has a greater awareness of which apps can open content directly, instead of prompting users every time with the dialog box asking – if you want to open a link with YouTube, Twitter or Chrome.
Power and charging
Android 6.0 integrates a new function called Doze to improve device standby time. The feature utilises motion detectors to recognise if you are using the device or it is just left on a table and thus reduces the background processes.
USB Type-C slot
Android Marshmallow also supports USB Type-C which provides faster charging, and interestingly lets users charge other devices with their phone.
New app drawer, Windows animations and Faster app search, etc.
Android 6.0 comes with a new app drawer that now scrolls vertically instead of horizontally. Across the top of the menu is a partition that displays your four most recently used apps. The UI also follows a new A to Z indexing scheme for faster scrolling and searching of applications. Moreover, new windows animations are added whenever you unlock the smartphone and the heads up notifications have also been improved to offer a smooth experience.
Voice access from the Lock screen
Android 6.0 Marshmallow offers faster voice access from the lock screen itself. You just need to slide left to activate the voice command feature.
Less pre-installed applications
Stock Android experience was always about the no nonsense applications and with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google has further reduced the number of pre-installed applications.
Google Now on Tap
With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can tap on home button to access information without leaving the application you are using. You can add a calendar event, a note in Google keep, send mail, etc. ‘Now on tap’ learns and modifies itself with usage.
Voice interaction support now extends to third party applications. So developers can now utilize the new API to integrate the voice interactions into their applications.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow will start rolling out next week for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9.