6 Features Of Android Marshmallow

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Marshmallow is now launched and is available on most of the Android phones. It has tons of new features and we would like to tell you about the latest update.

Doze Mode

Doze Mode was introduced to help desperate users stay off their phones for longer, without having to recharge all the time. What Doze Mode does is extend standby battery life by putting the phone in a deeper slumber during longer periods of inactivity. Reports say a Nexus 5 can last days, and even weeks, on a single charge. Of course, with no usage.

Android Pay

By the way, Google’s own Android Pay is among the first to take advantage of fingerprint support. This app was introduced along with Marshmallow and allows you to pretty much do the same as Google Wallet and other contactless payment services. You can add your cards and make NFC payments at supported stores.

Settings shortcuts

Android has let you create shortcuts to particular settings, such as the battery or display, for a while, but until Marshmallow, the icons for these shortcuts all looked the same. Now, the standard cog widget shape contains an icon depicting what that particular shortcut goes to, as shown in the screenshot below.

Lock screen

The Marshmallow lock screen is almost identical to Lollipop’s, complete with expandable notifications and app shortcuts. But where Lollipop had shortcuts in the bottom corners that too you to the camera and dialler, Marshmallow replaces the dialler shortcut with one to Google’s voice search. This small update is the first clue as to just how integral voice commands are to Marshmallow.

Home screen

The same voice command functionality appears on the home screen via Google’s dedicated search bar, complete with the colourful, post-Alphabet Google logo. The home screen itself is essentially the same as it was in Lollipop (the changes to Google’s search bar and app icons have rolled out to all devices via updates).

App drawer

The app drawer in Marshmallow went through a couple of changes during the developer preview process and appears in the final version as a vertical scrolling list as opposed to the paginated horizontal list from Lollipop. You can scroll through the list or use a new scrubber bar on the right to jump to a particular letter of the alphabet.

An endless vertical list means it’s easy to swipe right to the end of your app list – certainly more so than swiping through multiple cards in Lollipop. Predictive apps, based on the time of day, frequency and so on, appear in a special area at the top of the app drawer and you also have the added bonus of the dedicated app search bar that’s accessible via the keyboard or voice, as well as the scrubber bar.

System UI Tuner

Once enabled, System UI Tuner will appear in the settings menu at the very bottom. It provides a few simple UI tweaks, including adding a battery percentage indicator to your battery icon, a customizable Quick Settings area, where toggles can be rearranged or removed and new ones added, and a menu for displaying which icons are displayed in your status bar. You’ll never have to suffer a cluttered status bar with NFC, Bluetooth and Alarm icons again.

Picture courtesy – technobuffalo.com


by techtalks @TechTalks January 28, 2016 4:55 AM UTC

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