The long awaited Android 6.0 Marshmallow update has been here for a while. It will steadily make its way to Android devices all over the world, so if you haven’t received it yet, there’s no need to worry. So, the big question is whether the newest iteration of the popular mobile OS brings anything new to the table. Without further ado, let’s take a look in this Android Marshmallow review.
New Look for Google
The first thing you will notice straight away is not some feature, but rather the new look of the OS. The new color scheme really suits the logo and seems like a right fit for it. The new logo along with a new microphone are nice new additions to the interface as they allow you to search faster without having to visit different screens.
Now on Tap
After the update, a G icon will always be displayed at the bottom on your screen and by tapping on it, you will be able to use the new Now on Tap feature. It is hands down the best feature of the new update and you will certainly be using it frequently. If you are on a screen and don’t know what’s going on, just press the G icon. It will scan the page and will search its content through Google. For example, if you are reading about a movie on a blog and you press the G button, then you will be provided with some basic information on the film along with the actors that are scheduled to appear in it. This is a great feature and will certainly be useful for a large number of people. Only downside of this feature is that it solely focuses on the websites and not on the users. It would have been better if it could also study the users’ habits and suggest them their friends. However, it’s not that big of a problem because Now on Tap is still one of the best features to make its way to Android.
Doze and App Standby
Doze is another awesome feature that puts your phone to sleep when it hasn’t been used for quite some time. With all the background activity switched off, your battery gets a boost, which definitely is a huge help, especially for users who regularly run out of battery half-way through the day.
App Standby, on the other hand, keeps a check on all the apps present on your smartphone. If you are not using one of the apps for a long time, then App Standby will disable that particular app until you decide to open it again. This is another feature that decreases background activity, hence boosting your battery’s performance.
A lot of work has been done on App Drawer and it shows. A new search bar has been added and as soon as you start to write something in it, suggestions start to pop up. Usually, the top 4 suggestions provided are pretty accurate. If you’re in a restaurant and you use App Drawer, it will display options of entertainment platform. Similarly, when you are at work, you will be given options like Gmail, Hotmail, etc. This is a pretty helpful feature for the users as they will not have to search through the huge library just to find a single app.
Improved permissions for apps are perhaps the biggest addition security-wise in Marshmallow. Previously, a long list of permissions had to be checked before downloading an app. However, that’s not the case anymore, as the apps will only prompt you for permission when they actually need it. For example, if an app wants to utilize your camera to perform a task, it’ll ask you for permission. This way, you will know what’s it all about and can accept or deny them. Furthermore, there’s an option that allows you to disable permissions of any app you want, which is quite helpful.
The aforementioned features are the ones that users will take note of straight away, but there are some small additions and improvements as well. Now you can have all volume controls (alarm, ringtone, and media) on one screen, allowing you to adjust all of them at once.
SD cards can be set up as “adaptable”. Doing this will allow internal storage and SD card storage to be combined, so that the users won’t have to choose their settings over and over again.
Direct Share feature has been improved as well. Now when you press the share button, you will be prompted with some apps options along with some of your contacts. This will allow you to share content with your friends and family without any trouble.
All in all Android 6.0 Marshmallow is a brilliant update. It brings a ton of new exciting features to the table and although some of them might have some bugs, they still work amazingly well. If you are confused whether to upgrade to the latest version or not, let us assure you that our experience with the latest version of Android was near perfect. We implore you to feast on the newest treat by Google.