Android 6.0 Marshmallow is still being rolled out to a variety of model devices, wwhich means that it might take a while before all Android users get to see the software update on their handsets. However, there are ways that you can get some of the Android Marshmallow features without having to wait for a system upgrade.
Manage App permissions Feature
For the installation of apps, we have no choice but to click OK to every app permissions prompt we come across, which means access to most of your personal information. With the Google’s latest software version, the Android Marshmallow you have the freedom to allow or deny permissions as you wish, even if you already have the app installed. Sadly, this isn’t featured in the Android Lollipop.
For those with rooted Android devices, an application such as XPrivacy will let you access similar features on your handset or tablet.
Chrome Custom Tabs Feature
Before Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a simple tap on a lick while on an application such as a link you’ve accessed via email or Whatsapp would be opened automatically in your default browser. However, Marshmallow’s Chrome Custom Tabs resolves this by adding a subset of Chrome that applies less resources from the system compared to the full Chrome browser.
The installation of the Link Bubble browser will work the same way on your device. This app does not need any root permissions to function on an Android device. The Link Bubble Browser simply displays the clicked link on a little bubble which loads in the background as you continue with what you were doing.
Smart Link Feature
Another useful navigation feature by Android 6.0 Marshmallow is Smart Link. Rather than opening all the links in the web browsers, the Smart Link feature opens every link based on the app the link is related to without prompting you to choose the app you want to use. For example for a tweet link or link to a Facebook account, the feature launches it on your phone’s Twitter app and Facebook app respectively.
For devices running on older Android versions, you can get pretty much the same with the exceptional TapPath application.
Fingerprint reader support for payments Feature
Android Marshmallow comes with fingerprint sensor support for unlocking your handset as well as for payment authorizations. Some recent Samsung devices, can offer you the same function, thanks to FIDO and PayPal. To enable the function, navigate to Settings then select the Fingerprints section and tap Pay with PayPal.
However, if your phone lacks a fingerprint sensor, you can transform your camera into a scanner by simply downloading the ICE Unlock. Although, this app won’t allow you to authorize payments, it will serve as an effective way unlock your phone without need for pins and passcodes.
Memory Management Feature
Among Android Marshmallow’s many improvements is the Task Manager which allows you to see the apps that use the most or least of your phone’s RAM. Finding an alternative Task Manager app that does all this can easily be done on any older Android, with the number of app manager apps available in the Play Store.
App drawer reorder Feature
The app drawer which showcases all the apps installed on your phone, is more organized with the Android Marshmallow update. While the apps are arranged alphabetically, the most frequently used apps appear as the first four icons on your app drawer.
To get the same type of function, Google Play Store offers a ton of launchers for your Android phone.
Doze Mode and battery management Feature
Android Marshmallow brings with it an energy-saving features such as the Doze Mode as well as a fast charging ability through the USB-C cable.
Although, you cannot input a USB-C port to your device, you can however apply a variety of battery saving tricks such as using dark themes and wallpapers, reducing screen brightness and timeout and so on.
SD card support Feature
Android 6.0 adds the ability to employ your SD card as your device’s internal memory. If your device is rooted then Link2SD will do the trick.
Which Android Marshmallow feature are you currently enjoying? Let us know in the comment.