Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Android 6.0 "Marshmallow"

If you're an Android user you may be interested in the most recent version of Android, version 6.0 - I don't use Android phones or tablets, but I do keep my phone and tablet operating system up-to-date and you should too, as long as your device supports the current OS.

Android 6.0 "Marshmallow" is rolling out to Nexus devices 5, 5X, 6, 6P, 7, 9 now, newer Motorola, Sony and HTC phones later, and older phones, never...

So, what do you get with Marshmallow? 

Here's a brief rundown:

  • More control over app permissions: which apps can access the mic, camera, etc.
  • Apps are now able to use your fingerprint for security – it's baked in to an API.
  • "Direct share" makes it easier to share photos, etc. with frequent contacts.
  • "Doze" feature for reducing power consumption – uses motion sensors
  • Supports USB Type-C, if your phone supports it
  • Better text selection, copy and paste functions
  • Easier to use volume controls for music, alarm,, etc.
  • Apps can open a customized Chrome app on top of the active app (instead of switching to Chrome.)
  • Still working on mobile payments work with Android Pay.
  • Auto Backup and Restore with Google Drive (backup doesn't count toward your data quota.)
  • Google Now updated for better context understanding.
  • You can now easily remove status bar icons

For more info check out the official Android page or consult your carrier for info on when it will be rolling out for you. https://www.android.com/versions/marshmallow-6-0/

Are you already using Marshmallow 6.0? How do you like it?

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