The upcoming newest version of the Android mobile operating system -- Android 6.0 Marshmallow -- was introduced by Google during its I/O developer conference in May earlier this year. When it was first announced, it was only codenamed as Android M, but Google has since revealed its official name, Marshmallow last August. Android fans who are eagerly awaiting the latest iteration of the OS will be glad to know that Marshmallow will start rolling out next week.
Google revealed as much during its most recent event held in the city of San Francisco, California, wherein the tech giant also took the opportunity to unveil two new Nexus devices (LG’s Nexus 5X and Huawei’s Nexus 6P), two new Chromecasts (Chromecast 2.0 and Chromecast Audio), as well as a new Android tablet (Pixel C). As expected of any new Nexus releases, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P will be the first to be updated with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with older Nexus devices also getting the software update earlier compared to other Android devices, even those flagship devices made by Samsung, LG, and HTC.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow may not come with loads of jaw dropping enhancements, but it does sport some new features that should delight Android users. An example of the tweaks is a new permissions system, which now requires permission from users when they install a new mobile app. Then there is also a new smart battery saving mode (now called Doze mode by Google) which puts Android users’ mobile devices into deep sleep when the handset is left idle for a long time. Oh, and there is that little thing called Android Pay, too.
But perhaps the most highlighted new feature will be Google Now on Tap. With this feature, Android users can retrieve relevant contextual information from virtually any mobile app installed in their devices. For instance, a user who is viewing a music video by an up and coming artist on YouTube can just tap and hold the home button, and Google Now on Tap will pop up with additional information about the artist, the song, or the album it comes from.
Other new features include built in support for fingerprint readers, a new mobile app drawer, and various minor enhancements to the way the Android handset deals with onboard memory and internal storage.
There is another important question though -- when will Android 6.0 Marshmallow land on devices not named Nexus? This is a bit hard to answer, mainly because adoption of a new version of Android often varies depending on a number of factors. One of them is the mobile manufacturers themselves -- who often have to test their own devices before approving the Android software update.
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