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Bored of your Same Old OS? Have a Marshmallow

Published on 22 January 16

Google always stays on its words to deliver the best. Android Marshmallow was launched with an ocean of features. With its successor’s launch date being rumored around, 6.0 possesses a lot of potential to change the way you look at smartphones. Here, we take a look at some of the features of this version:

Doze’ mode

We always want something better in our life, so why not a better battery life? With ‘Doze’ feature, the latest Android OS remarkably improves the battery life of your device. It is an intelligent battery management feature that enters hibernation when it recognizes your device is not in use.

On one hand, where other devices can take up your battery life up to 15 to 25 percent overnight, Android M can reduce it to only 3-5 percent, increasing your standby limit up to 2 weeks.

Android Pay

Now you can make payments via NFC (Near Field Communication) and host-card emulation methods for tap-to-pay services. All you need is to unlock your device, place it near an NFC terminal and your payment is done, that too without opening any application. According to Google, when your card details are added, a virtual account number is created for making payments. One of the main advantages is that your actual card number is not imparted to the store amid the exchange.

App permissions

One of the annoying things about Android is that when downloading any app, it requires you to agree to all its permissions, whether you like it or not. For instance, accessing all your contacts by an endless running game. Well, there would not be any such problem with Marshmallow as it allows you to pick and choose permissions you like for each individual app. You will be able to acknowledge or deny a particular permission as and when an application requests it.

Fingerprint scanner support

Nowadays, we see a lot of devices with fingerprint scanners, however marshmallow makes the feature an inherent part of the operating system. Thus, it will tend to boost the security as well as the number of devices supporting the feature.

USB Type C

Android M supports USB Type C, which you can say is a good news for future devices. Potentially making its start in 2015 with Nexus 5, it allows you to charge your device much faster and you can even charge other devices.

Fewer Pre-Installed Apps

Manufacturers of smartphones have now the option of eliminating the previously installed apps on the devices. Relatively lesser bloatware implies that the device of the user can allot more storage for other important apps.

Other Improvements

Besides these main features, other improvements by Marshmallow include an improved implementation of the Copy / Paste function. You’ll get a Cut, Copy, Paste options in a floating toolbar just above your selection. With Direct Share, you can share links or images with most frequently used apps or contacts with just a single tap. Moreover, a drop-down menu is provided under Volume controls, a commonly found feature in Cyanogen OS.

For developers in an Android App Development Company to begin developing apps that utilize these features of Marshmallow, they need to first download the Android SDK, accompanied by the SDK Manager to download SDK platform of Android 6.0 and its system images.

Lastly, if the need arises to synchronize the app across the web or other devices, a web application development company is a viable alternative.

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