Android Marshmallow is Google's latest Android version as of now. Although the Android 6.0 Marshmallow will not surprise you as much as Android 5.0 Lollipop did, there are some pretty good valid reasons to update your phone to the latest version of Android.
Before we proceed, let me tell you that you will not find many visual changes in the Marshmallow version. Things like the navigation buttons, interface and other things are pretty similar to the Android Lollipop.
You can say that, Android Marshmallow is an extension to the Android 5.0
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. This is very beneficial if you are interested in checking changes in the settings of your phone, like your day to day battery usage for example.
There aren't many changes to the lock screen in the Android Marshmallow, in fact you can say it's almost identical to the Android 5.0 Lollipops lock screen. The difference only is that Lollipop had shortcuts in the bottom corners that took you to the camera and dialer, Marshmallow replaces the dialer 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.
Let me just tell you this once again, Marshmallow is just like an extension to Lollipop. There aren't any major changes in the home screen as well. The Google Now Widget remains the same, but well, you do get some really nice wallpapers with the Android Marshmallow. Some of the wallpapers are given below.
Going to the App drawer, there are a lot of changes here.
Instead of the horizontal page to page navigation in the Andorid Lollipop, on Marshmallow the app drawer is vertical. Which means that you have to scroll from top to bottom to view apps.
You can also jump to a alphabet you want. Suppose you want to open Facebook, you need not scroll all the way to F, but instead you have to longpress the screen on the extreme right and then you can directly jump to the "F" alphabet.
Next, the app drawer on the Marshmallow also has the most opened apps on the top, which again makes it easier for you to open the app, you're most likely going to open.
Notifications and Quick Settings
As with Lollipop, Marshmallow has a two-part notifications/Quick Settings area. A single swipe down from the top of the home screen will pull down the notifications shade, where your expandable notifications live. A second swipe down on this screen reveals the Quick Settings panel. A two-finger swipe down from the home screen will take you straight there.
The notifications area displays app notifications, which can be expanded or tapped to launch the full app. This area also shows persistent system notifications, such as when a Bluetooth device is connected or other system features are enabled. The 'dismiss all' button now faces the other direction compared to Lollipop, but it does the same thing.
The Quick Settings area displays your screen brightness slider as well as toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mobile data and so on. As with Lollipop, these features can either be toggled on or off with a tap, or accessed further through a Quick Settings mini-menu or the relevant area of the full settings menu.
Two Hundred New Emojis
If you're an active WhatsApp user, you surely would have seen the latest update which got some cool emojis. You get many of these in the Android style. These are default Android emoji and should be compatible with any keyboard. A lot of the emoji that were added have been in use on iOS and Windows 10 for some time, but others are new.
The list of new emoji includes the fabled unicorn, the tasty taco and the hungry squirrel.
Doze is an intelligent battery management feature that recognizes when your device is not is use, like when it has been lying on a bedside table for a while, and enters hibernation.
It’s more complicated than that, of course, but the battery savings are phenomenal. Where other devices lose an average of 15-25 percent of battery life overnight, Marshmallow can take that down to 3-5 percent, taking your standby time to nearly two weeks in the process.
You're downloading an app, and you see that the app requires access to tons of your phones tools like mic, camera, speaker etc.
And this is why Google has got this good safety feature on the Marshmallow. So with this, while you're using an app, for example Twitter, and you want to upload a photo, Twitter will ask permission to use the camera of your phone and after the command is over, it'll not be able to use the camera again.
This is a very good feature and makes your phone more secure.
First of all, if you're a tech geek, there are a little more small bits of new things on the Marshamallow that hasent been covered in this. In this article, only the main highlights of Marshmallow have been covered. As we already said, Marshmallow isn't a revolution in Android, but is an advancement and in this version, Google has fixed up all flaws in the earlier variants of Android. Needless to say, you should update your phone to this version if you want more security and ease of use.