2017 will roll out Google’s latest release, Android 7.0 Nougat. And while this new system update becomes the talk of the town, most of us here are either still waiting for or hanging on to Marshmallow.
Like all of Google’s sugary updates, Android 6.0 Marshmallow brought with it a number of features, some similar to its predecessor Lollipop and some truly new and amazing that are worth getting hooked to.
Here are some features you’ll love to try if you’ve been updated to Marshmallow.
This is definitely the most interesting feature that came with Marshmallow. It allows Google Now to go through your apps and on pressing the home button longer, gives you relevant information instantly. For instance, if you’re having a WhatsApp conversation about what new movies can you watch in your city. Without switching the app, long-press the home button, it will analyse your conversation and give you google results accordingly, like names of new movies, theatres they are playing at, timings etc. Pretty cool eh!
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Doze is another new feature that helps save power. It first checks your smartphone usage based on the apps you use. Then when your phone is left idle, it puts the apps you don’t use too often to sleep, thus saving battery. Of course, you’ll still get notifications from high-priority apps.
You can now use a lively background and wallpaper to your lock screen. You can also add a text box for reminders and motivational quotes. Good way to remind yourself now to put your phone down and stop mindlessly checking it. It also lets you add widgets and apps on the locked screen for quick access.
Fingerprint scanner phones have been around for a while now, but it is only with android Marshmallow that this feature can be best used. In addition to unlocking your phone, you can set a fingerprint scan to log into personal apps like Evernote and while making payments.
Voice search through a locked screen
Before this update, you could only access camera and emergency calls from a locked screen but now Marshmallow lets you use Google voice search with a quick swipe without any login. This makes it easier to quickly look up a direction or restaurant names when you’re in a hurry.
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You no longer have to give android apps total permission to access your phone to use that particular app. Marshmallow lets you customise this permission and toggle with features according to your will. This gives you better control over your phone.
With this feature, you don’t have to leave a particular app to access Chrome. Marshmallow introduces Chrome Custom Tab that lets you load web URLs natively from with the app itself resulting in faster usage.
Marshmallow allows you to “take care” of that crowded status bar that stuffed with icons you probably don’t want to see. For instance, you don’t want to see the Bluetooth or the alarm icon all the time. If you want to check them, you can go to settings and make sure they’re active or not. Marshmallow lets you set the status bar with only icons that mater to you by customising the System UI tuner.
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