During the Google Android Nexus event where the launch of Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P was done, the icing on the cake of course was the mention on the company’s much awaited latest version operating system for the mobile. This is the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There seems to have been pretty much hullaballoo about this new OS with three preview releases from developers prior to the Nexus event for the sake of satisfying a bit of the curiosity. Google said that Android 6.0 Marshmallow would be available to Nexus devices that are already in existence, that is, Nexus 5, 6, 7, 9 and Nexus Player from the beginning of next week. The OS will also be available in the just launched  Nexus 5X and 6P. For all the other handsets, the availability of Android 6.0. Marshmallow depends the manufacturer. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow also comes with the features listed below:

  1. App permissions

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As the speculations had it, app permissions come in handy with this OS and one has the freedom to allow or deny permissions as they deem best. The permissions have also been simplified in that you are only asked when using a feature for the first time and not when installing. As reported during the launch, one does not have to agree to permissions that are not logical. One can also modify the permissions that apps are granted or even look at the apps that fall under the different types of permission grants and modify them according to their wish. After all, this is all about having control over your Android device.

  1. Web experience

This comes after a research by Google to come up with ways in which the user best interacts between apps and websites. This has been enhanced by the new future, Chrome Custom Tabs, which enables you to operate a chrome window that’s been customized with an active app instead of opening the two separately as this is faster.

  1. Fingerprint support

Google has said that it will systemize support for fingerprint scanners on Android Marshmallow phones. The new development will enable usage of fingerprints not only in unlocking of phones but also in real-life and Play Store apps purchases. Your device will definitely require a hardware scanner for the fingerprint but as Google continues developing the trend, this feature will appear in more devices soon.

  1. Mobile payments

Android pay is the new system for mobile payments from Google, which is much more efficient than its predecessor, the Google wallet. Google is making payment easier for you by ensuring choice, simplicity and security as you pay using your credit cards to any of the 700, 000 stores in the United States. This system of payment is compatible with any NFC device.

  1.    App links

Unlike the case before where the Android OS could not tell exactly where to place a weblink, app links on Android 6.0 are different in that Android can now open the content in an app without having to stop you with a dialogue box. This marks a milestone amidst some of Google’s greatest improvements.

  1. Power and charging

The new Android M comes with a very interesting function known as Doze whose primary function is to save on charge by increasing your standby time. The app has motion detectors that detect when the phone has not been used for a certain period and then begins to reduce processes in the background. Even when the phone is in doze mode, Android will still start alarms and other prioritized notifications.

What’s more is that Android Marshmallow also allows USB Type-C, which enhances speedier charging. There’s so much to say on this OS. We can truly bet that this one is worth waiting for with bated breath.

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What's my model number?

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Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
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Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool