Google had announced in May about its next Android version only referred as M, has now confirmed it as “MARSHMALLOW”.
As you all know how the company typically names its OS versions alphabetically and after sweets. For example, the last versions were named as LOLLIPOP, KITKAT, JELLYBEAN and so on.
Google has announced that the new OS will have some new features, as Apple has also launched some in its iOS.
Some new features of Android Marshmallow 6.0:-
1. App Permissions-
One of the biggest additions that Android M brings to customers is revamped app permissions. Android M also changes existing permissions system by breaking down user permissions into specific categories and having apps ask the user for permissions at the time access to a feature required.
2. Now on Tap-
With Android M, Google Now gets a major revamp with the Now on Tap feature. It brings a major overhaul to how Google can provide contextual information within an app itself. It works within any app and automatically searches the context present on the screen by just long pressing the home button.
3. App link–
Google wants its OS to easily handle links between apps with its Android M release. Until now, clicking a link within an app prompted a popup message asking user to open it within the app or to open it in a Web browser. Instead, with Android M, developers can have the operating system verify whether a link should open within an app or open via a new one.
4. Mobile Payment-
Google was rumored to be working on its new Android Pay mobile payment system for a long time and the company made it official at the I/O conference. The company revealed that Android Pay was developed on its work with Near Field Communications (NFC) in Android Gingerbread (v2.3) and Host Card Emulation in Android KitKat (v4.4). Android Pay will allow users to pay via their Android smartphones in stores or even in Android Pay partner apps. The new system will securely store details of credit cards, loyalty cards, and other payment-related data on the device. Google did not reveal the timeline of Android Pay’s rollout but said it would be available on Google Play for download soon.
5. Fingerprint support-
Fingerprint scanning technology on smartphones has been around for some time; though has been limited until now to select OEMs and their individual implementations. Google with its Android M release wants it to change and has added fingerprint APIs for developers to add into their apps. Google believes that native fingerprint support enhances the Android Pay feature that will allow users to confirm the purchase with their fingerprint. Apart from Android Pay, the feature will allow users to sign-in or authenticate themselves on apps, as well as on websites via Google Chrome.
6. Power Management
Every year we see Google coming up with a new feature in its latest Android release to improve upon battery usage. Last year it was Project Volta and this year Google is coming up with a new feature called Doze. The company believes that the new feature will make Android devices smart about managing power. With Android M release, the OS will realize via tracking motion detection whether the device has been left unattended for a while. Following this, Android will limit or ‘exponentially’ back off background activity of an app with the purpose of extending battery life. The best example of this can be the Twitter app which keeps on adding new tweets on top for the user to see only to use more data or Wi-Fi thus affecting the battery life. This will change with Android M.
7. New RAM manager
Google is also bringing a new RAM manager that will offer more details about memory usage than just readouts for running apps. The new RAM manager in the Android M Developer Preview will be available in Settings > Apps. The manager will now show users how much memory recent apps are eating up and will rate them “good” and “average”. Much like before, it will show individual app information. This new feature will let users recognize the most memory-hungry apps installed on the system and can help them to get rid of them.
8. Adoptable Storage Devices
We already know that Google for several reasons forgoes an SD card slot for its Nexus range of devices. However, the Adoptable Storage Devices feature might be the first sign that Google is changing its strategy to add some more space into the device ‘smartly.’
With Android M, Google is adding the Adoptable Storage Devices feature which will treat external storage devices such as SD cards as internal. In order to do this, Google wants you to format your microSD card adding encryption which will make it only work on your device. The company will then let you use your microSD card on stock Android devices either as a portable storage or an internal storage. If the latter, users can then choose to store apps, app data, and other data on the SD card. As for external storage devices like USB drives, the new feature will let users assign as portable storage, and use it with the native file manager and get notifications for quick actions on the drive.