GOOGLE has started rolling out its latest version of the Android operating system, Marshmallow. Here are FIVE features you really need to know.
Better Battery Life
Android 6.0 Marshmallow promises to bring a BIG bump to your battery life.
A new feature – called Doze – uses a clever combination of hardware and software sensors to learn when your device is idle.
When Marshmallow thinks you have left your smartphone alone, it will start to disable app updates, background processes and other battery-draining features.
This should starve off any battery drain while you’re not using the device.
If you’re worried about missing a text message or Facebook post – don’t panic. Your Android Marshmallow device will still keep you updated with all the latest notifications.
Google Now is one of the best features included with the Android operating system. And now it’s everywhere.
For example, hold down the Home Button while you are looking at a text message asking whether you wanted to go to a burger bar for dinner and Now On Tap will summon a Google Maps card with the location of the restaurant, a link to some reviews, or a preview of the event in your Google calendar.
It removes the need to constantly open-and-close apps as and when you need them – making a number of common tasks much faster and slicker.
Some might be unnerved by Google analysing what you are viewing on your display, but this is the sort of pre-emptive learning which makes Google’s mobile OS smarter than the competition.
Proper Back-Up on Android
Moving between Android phones can be a painful experience.
Fortunately all that is about to change with 6.0 Marshmallow.
Like Apple’s iOS devices, Android smartphones and tablets will quietly back-up your app data and settings to Google Drive whenever you’re connected to wifi.
Unlock with a Touch
Fingerprint sensors are now fully supported by Google’s Android operating system.
Google has baked dedicated code for fingerprint scanners into Marshmallow, which means handset manufacturers do not have to do any coding if they decided to add biometric security to your smartphone.
Both new Nexus smartphones, the Nexus 6P and 5X, have fingerprint scanners
Control Your Apps
One of the most useful improvements in Android Marshmallow is the way the Google operating system handles app permissions.
Prior to Marshmallow, app permissions on Android were a simple case of all-or-nothing.
An app would request access to a long list of features – location, microphone, photos, etc – and the user would have to accept to be able to download the software.
Users can now toggle app permissions after install
Sadly app developers will have to enable the new permissions, so toggling individual access during the first weeks of Marshmallow’s release could break some of your apps.