Android is a mobile operating system which came into existence with the release of its first version, Android alpha in the month of November of 2007. Google continuously develops Android with the assistance of Open Handset Alliance (OHA), and in the past few years since the initial release have seen a number of updates in its base operating system. Because of its customizable and easy to operate system Android powers approximately 1 billion devices across the globe.
The most recent update in Android operating systems is Android 6.0 named “Marshmallow”, released in October 2015.
It can be said that Android Marshmallow is almost visually similar to its predecessor, Android 5 i.e. Lollipop, in most of the ways. You can’t say that Android Marshmallow is an overhaul of everything you knew about Android’s operating systems rather, it’s just an extension & refinement of the basic and core features & functionalities of its predecessor Android Lollipop. In this update the major areas of the user interface like notifications shade, settings and navigations are the same but definitely the language of Material Design by Google is much more pervasive than the earlier versions. But this comes with some changes in the appearance and features.
The Home Screen and lock screen in Marshmallow are complete with notifications which are expendable and with app shortcuts but rest is almost identical to the previous version Lollipop. Voice commands are an integral part of the Marshmallow update that’s why the shortcut to dialler which was there on the lock screen of Lollipop has now been replaced by Google’s shortcut to voice search.
Better Battery Management
Some apps like Doze and App standby have been added with the purpose of battery management and RAM optimisation. App standby serves the purpose of identification of apps which the user have not opened for some time and therefore disables the identified apps in the settings meaning that those apps cannot use the resources of the system hence not allowing them to use up either your battery or system memory. Along with all this Google has added an option of a whitelist, in which you can add apps which you don’t want to be put on standby.
Doze is perhaps the biggest thing in Marshmallow. Doze is another feature installed for better battery management serving the purpose of recognizing when your device is not in use and enters hibernation. The battery savings by this is phenomenal because where other devices lose almost 15-25 percent of battery overnight, Marshmallow takes that down to just 3-5 percent hence increasing your standby time by 10 days approximately.
Accessibility by Fingerprints
Another big introduction in Android Marshmallow is the system-level fingerprint support via newly introduced fingerprint API. All the new devices like both the Nexus having Marshmallow are equipped with finger print scanner. The excellent Huawei hardware and also with Google’s implementation of the software in the Nexus Imprint on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are impressive. Because of these two it’s faster to register a fingerprint on Marshmallow as compared to any other OS that too with accuracy and speed which is second to none.
Marshmallow supports the new standard chargers: USB Type-C. These Type-C cables are reversible making you free of the headaches of fumbling around with the cable in the dark and moreover they also support charging speeds and faster data transfer. With these Type-C support and the specifications of USB Power Delivery, Marshmallow devices have the capability to reverse-charge other devices.
Apart from these three big add-ons there are some small modifications which are just the finer version of Lollipop. The only worry is you can’t have Marshmallow if you don’t have the latest versions of Nexus because it can’t be updated in most of the older devices operating on Lollipop.