There is the latest update of Android is called as Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” to the operating system. Its third & final preview released on August 17, 2015.
Google has rolled out with an update is that Android M is now called as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The primary focus of this new emergence is to enhance the overall user experience as in it will bring a few features, including “redesigned permission model” in that at the time of installation, the applications will no longer automatically granted all of their specified permissions.
What’s New in ‘Android M’ Developer Preview?
#1 App Permissions– The concept- app permissions have been overhauled in Android M, and the users are now being able to choose to accept or deny individual permissions, and the permissions also have been simplified. When you try to use the feature, the permission will now be requested at the first time during installation.
In case, if you want to record a voice message, the messenger app- WhatsApp will prompt you with an OTP request for permission in order to use your mic. Now, Android M is bestowing users a greater control of the information apps that can access, and it is a truly positive step towards it.
You can also modify the permissions granted to the apps in the settings, or you can view permissions by type & see which apps that have permission granted. In the new version of Android- it is all about the complete control to the users.
#2 Web Experience
The next thing is that Google has been explored in a way that the web content is consumed in order to provide the best user experience whilst interacting with websites & apps.
The new feature is “Customized Chrome Tab” that provides developers a way to support all of the capabilities, whilst keeping control of the overall look & feel experience. The tab allows apps to open a customized Chrome Window on the top of the active app rather launching the Chrome app individually. Therefore, it will provide a faster & more intuitive user-experience while navigating between apps & the web.
The Chrome Custom Tabs support- automatic sign in, auto-fill, saved passwords as well as multi-process security in order to assist the integration of the apps & web experience.
#3 Fingerprint Support
Google will be soon standardized support for fingerprint scanners on phones that is running on Android M. And the new functionality will allow “fingerprint scanner” in order to use not merely unlock the phones, nonetheless, in order to make purchases in real life or within Play Store apps.
Undoubtedly, the device needs a hardware fingerprint scanner in order to start with, however, the full support from Google, these updates will see in more devices.
#4 Mobile Payments
The new exciting things in updates is the emergence of “Android Pay”- this is a new mobile payment system that is designed to make the process of checkout faster & seamless. In this niche, the main objective of Google is to provide- simplicity, choice & security. It also allows you to use your existing credit cards in order to pay for products in more than a thousands stores in the US.
#5 App Links
Android developers has been facing some problems since the emergence of Android M. The problem was that- when the user selects the web link from somewhere, Android does not whether to show it in the web browser or some other app, which claims support for the link.
You might be familiar with the “open with” dialogue box that appears when you try to open the link within an app on Android. You may be asked if you want to open the link with YouTube or Chrome, for instance.
The app links are being changed in Android M so that it has a great awareness of which apps that can open correctly rather than stopping users each time with a dialogue box.
In case, when you tap the Twitter link in an email, for instance, the Twitter app will open automatically rather prompting you in order to ask if you want to use Twitter in order to use it.
Now, Android M is going to feel more usable without the user’s understanding why it all happens.
#6 Power & Charging
The new Android M makes use of a new function that is called as “Doze” in order to improve device standby time. In order to use motion detectors, Android will recognize if the devices have not interacted for a while, such as when a person asleep or the device has been left on the table in order to reduce the background processes. According to sources, Android M will provide two-times longer standby time, and even in a Doze mode- Android device can still alarm or notify you prior notifications.
Noticeable Changes in Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Most Importantly, you’ll see the two most significant changes are (for the better)- for Android 6.0 security, the changes to API level 23 that introduces stock fingerprint scanner support, and the changes in granular app permission.
Changes In API
You’ll see the changes & updates to the fingerprint API that enables better error reporting, enumeration support for the greater reliability and better fingerprint enrollment experience.
What do mean by “visual voicemail”? This basically involves how it sounds? That means the visual voicemail represents your voicemail with a visual interface instead of the audio-based setup such as current Android Smartphone whereas you call your carrier & listening to instructions.
Although the changes in visual voicemail are minute, but the functionality requires a corporation from carriers that may suggest why a few of them are currently on board. Android M will be included “Visual Voicemail services” that is accessible from the dialer. According to the Android Police- it appears that T-Mobile & Orange France will be the only two carriers that support the functionality.
Rotating Home Screen
This is another amazingly slow feature is for the home screen is- the screen rotation function that has finally made an appearance. And now, you can use your phone in the “landscape format” that is available in both applications & on the home screen.
Removal of “Dark Theme”
In the very first version of Android M is a sort of replaced with the lighter one! For some reasons that are not cleared yet, Google has decided to the removal of the “dark theme” from the second version of the Android M preview. We are not sure the changes of the dark theme are for permanent or temporary, but shortly you’ll see the changes in terms of light theme.
The second version of Android M has added the new feature of “the cancellation options of screenshots” in the notifications. In the previous version, you just had the option in order to share the screenshot from the notification. And now, you will have the option to delete them.
Removal Of Status Bar Icons
This feature will be possibly become your favourite one. For instance, if you always have “Bluetooth On”, and you do not really need a constant icon taking up space in the status bar, and now you can simply eliminate or remove it! The same thing goes on with an another icon, including Cast, Bluetooth, Hotspot, Do Not Disturb, Work Profile, Alarm Set, Cellular Data, WiFi, etc.
The App Drawer Has Been Fixed!
Whilst, we compliment that Google is trying something new for better with the updates of app drawer. The two things are still out there- the alphabetical dividers as well as the negative space at the end of some sections. Honestly speaking, both are the bad idea.
In the latest Android M removes this, and it is faster to navigate due to the reason that you have more apps icons on the screen. Although, it still scrolls in the vertical direction. All these updates are available in the new system UI Tuner that needs to be enabled in “Developer Options”. If you want to enable this option (Developer), then follow the procedure: Settings> About Phone and Tap Build Number Seven Times. By following the process, you will be able to see the Developer Options at the bottom of the settings options.
A New Makeover Of “Storage”
For Smartphone users, the internal storage has always been a hitch even with MicroSD expansion & USB OTG (On The Go) that you always need to keep an eye on available storage space. The new & updated version of Android M introduces- the simple line bar, which shows how much available space
In the settings menu, the “memory” section is now located front & center. We are not sure in the statement is that how often the average users are going to want a check on memory usage. But now it will plainly visible, hopefully since more people in order to become familiar with that- what the RAM Management is and what you can use it for.
The Reset Options In “Network Settings”
In the place of the option “Backup & reset”, there will be another feature, which is called as “Network Settings Reset”. The options let you spontaneously wipe all of “Network Settings” that include WiFi connections, Cellular Data and Bluetooth Connections.