Android Marshmallow was just announced at Google Event and here are few New Features In Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Buckel Up !
Google Now on Tap
Google’s virtual assistant is arguably one of Android’s best features and it’s going to get even better in Android 6.0. Now you’ll be able to get useful, contextual information on anything you have currently running on your phone screen.
Say for example you are in a WhatsApp chat and your friend messages you “Meet at XYZ restaurant at 7PM”. When you top and hold the home button, Google will give you the following options to interact – review of restaurant on Zomato or Yelp or Create Calander Reminder.
Other additional Google Now improvements include the ability to say ‘OK Google’ wherever you are in the Android operating system.
New Lock Screen And Animations
With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google has polished some of it’s existing features and animations and added some new ones.
To start with polished animations – Google has made the animations more bouncy and initiative overall. The lock screen has also changed a bit. You can now view Charging information on the lock screen which show how much more until full charge. Also, there’s extended quick access to google now.
New Voice Actions
Google has implemented always listening feature with Android Marshmallow, you can start Google Now with your voice and it will respond immediately. You can launch apps and also, ask apps to perform specific actions.
We’ve all been there before. You go to install an app in the Google Play store and you’re met with a long list of things the developer wants access to. To make it easier for users to keep track of what phone features can be accessed, permissions will now sit in specific categories like Sensor, Camera and Location.
Google used WhatsApp already downloaded to a phone as an example to showcase the new feature. When you need to use the microphone for a voice message, an app permission will appear prior to using the feature. If you grant access, you’ll then be able to make a call.
Additionally, if you want to have a better idea of what app permissions you’ve granted, you’ll now be able modify permissions within the phone settings.
New App Drawer
Yes! we have a new App Drawer – and this time around it’s vertical scrolling. Now you have to Scroll vertically to find your apps. But worry not – we now have the option to search the apps in the app drawer at the beginning.
Another very cool feature and my personal favourite feature is – Dynamic App arrangement. Google will learn from your app usage pattern and determine at what time you open an app. This will enable google to bring the most used apps during that time of the day to the top so that you don’t have to digg in the app drawer
Android 6.0 Marshmallow ready Devices
Google has announced that the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow will take place next week. The news was given to international press and audience at the official event. The exact date has not been confirmed but according to speculations, it should be the 5th of the month. These devices will be receiving Android 6.0 next week:
- Nexus 5
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 7
- Nexus 9
- Nexus Player
As for the rest, we’ll have to wait and see what more Marshmallow has to offer. Watch this space for all the latest updates from the event.
In a bid to hopefully give your battery life a boost, Android Marshmallow is introducing a feature that recognise when the Android device is in a rested state to help conserve power. Google says it has tested it with a Nexus 9 and claims it can help make battery life last two times longer in standby mode by using fewer background services. If you’re worried about missing out on alarms and incoming instant messages, Doze will still allow those notifications and modes to be activated.