Personable mobile operating systems are the order of the day, and Google isn’t afraid to inject some more creative juices into their latest releases. Android Lollipop was certainly a major leap, but Marshmallow is the big deal. You get a new text box just under the lock screen where you can put those important name tags, motivational quotes and important reminders. Based on my own experience using all of the latest Android OS releases, below are the 4 key features that make Marshmallow incredible.
1. Permission system
Considering that you have installed tons of apps on your Android system, app permissions are definitely an important thing. Marshmallow’s new app permissions architecture seems to have borrowed from the iOS. You can now be able to toggle (on and off) an app’s ability to access certain handset functionality. This is even more meaningful in the malware-prone world of Android. So if a new app is asking for microphone permissions with no good reason, you can just go to Setting>Apps and deny that.
2. Lock screen message
The personalized lock screen messages are among the first thing new users note when they start using Marshmallow. This is an awesome new feature that allows you to get a dose of motivation every time you press to unlock your screen. And there’s no limit to how you can fine-tune what’s stored here based on your tastes. You can specify key name tags, reminders and a lot of other useful perks.
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3. Better cut & paste
Cut & Paste is among the most basic functions you can conduct on any smartphone and computer. Marshmallow appears to have borrowed its new improved cut-and-paste prowess from the iOS. After you’re able to highlight a specific piece of text, the operating system floats a cut/paste/search options dialog immediately over the next – as opposed to the top of the screen as used to happen in previous versions. This makes things a whole lot easier.
4. Google Now
Google Now was one of the biggest shifts made in Android Marshmallow as compared to previous incarnations. Although it looks highly similar to what used to be there before, this handy feature is pre-baked into virtual every area of the operating system. And this has been done more cleverly than ever before. Google Now focuses on the ‘context’ of what you’re doing, which all the same makes it more understanding regarding where you are and what you need to know.
5. USB type-C
USB Type-C is the new hi-tech in the world of digital connections. It’s super compatible and silly-fast. More so, it creates room for faster charging than used to be the case. For instance, some devices running marshmallow can be charged from 1% to 100% within two hours, thanks to this little feature. Makes things a whole lot easier on the handset.
Summed up, Marshmallow is a smooth operating system with tons of perks that enhance your end-user experience. Based on the specific device you’re using, you might also get advanced features such as inbuilt screen recorder and fingerprint scanners. Android 6.0 is already a fascinating environment, it’ll be interesting to see what Google comes up with in the next iteration.
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