Android Marshmallow

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next big release of Google for Android. Known only as Android M until recently since Google announced the new OS back at Google I/O 2015, the name and version number of the new Android OS is only announced after the new statue of Android marshmallow was unveiled at the Google headquarters.

Today at its event, Google officially announced Android Marshmallow to the public, along with which it unveiled two of its new hardware – Nexus 5X from LG and Nexus 6P from Huawei. Speaking of Marshmallow OS for Android, Google said it would start rolling out the update next week for its first batch of devices. These, obviously, would be the existing Nexus devices. The Nexus smartphones, tablets and the Nexus Player would start receiving the update first followed by the rest of the compatible Android devices of other OEMs.

Unlike Lollipop OS, Marshmallow has not many new features to offer to its users but on the whole, Google said they have incorporated “hundreds” of changes into the Lollipop OS which finally turned out as Marshmallow. Among the few new features are Android Pay, selective app permissions, smart battery saving mode.

Android Pay, as many users know by now, takes the help of NFC and just lets users use only their Android Phones to pay wherever they find the Android Pay logo or NFC logo or in many Android pay partner apps.  All it needs the user is to unlock their phone, place it front of the the NFC terminal and “voila!”, you just paid your bill. No app openings of any apps required. A virtual account number is created when the user adds a card to use through Android pay, and without sharing the actual the card number, this virtual account number is used to make the payment.

Selective app permissions would be what every user wants. With this feature, user has the power of choosing which permissions he has to grant to the respective app he is installing on his Android device. Instead of asking for permissions right before the user begins to use the app, the apps will now ask for permissions only when a particular feature in it needs the access to any feature of the device. Also, the app permissions in M will be categorized which makes it easy for the user to have a clear idea of what he/she is granting the app with. The other great thing would be the capability of being able to modify already granted or denies permissions to the app.

Android M comes with a new power management feature called “Doze“. With M on the Android device, through motion detection, the device learns if it is unattended and inactive for an extended period of time and reduced background app activity which results in extending the battery life.

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