The Soft and Squidgy Bits of Marshmallow
Now that you are starting to receive the delicious new Android 6.0 Marshmallow update, what is it actually going to do for your shiny phone? Updating the software on your phone helps keep it running in tip top condition, it also helps reduce cybercrime, by updating security.
Number one change in Marshmallow from Lollipop (Android 5.0) is the ability to uncheck permissions as you load apps, though most of the time; the permissions aren’t as intrusive as you first thought, and they are actually useful to the app and therefore, you. Some apps will be rendered useless without certain permissions, such as the 'sat nav' part of maps without Location. However, if you really prize your privacy, this is one feature you will adore.
The next change we love is the battery saving app standby mode. Your apps can be set to automatically go into standby if you’ve not used them in a while, stopping them from guzzling battery power in the background. The new ‘doze’ feature automatically detects you’ve not picked up your phone in a while, so sends it to sleep, again insuring less battery consumption.
Google Now on tap is a long finger press on the home button to launch. Using voice commands to search your phone and or internet. This will learn your habits and start to offer the apps you regularly open at particular times of the day, such as your Sat Nav or Stock Market checks. You can now interact with apps using your voice, saying ‘Listen to BBC Radio 4’ will open your radio app and tune in to the correct channel. Those voice commands are also available from the lock screen.
One way to beef up your phone is to add external storage with an SD card (pity Apple doesn’t do this) with Marshmallow you can now be more flexible with your storage by allowing the SD card to act like internal memory letting you install apps and games without extra fiddly settings, it will also encrypt this so it can only be opened by your device.
A double tap on your home button will bring up the camera instantly, so you can capture those moments before they are over.
New emoji will delight users of Social Media; however business users will be less thrilled at these extra icons for communication.
The ‘Easter Egg’ is under settings --> about phone-->Android version, keep tapping until you see the Marshmallow, then long press for a revamped Flappy Bird game. Endless frustration, as is incredibly hard to play.
Android N is now in beta and developers can already download the code, so stories are appearing as to the changes to be trialled. There is also much speculation as to the name. Google has stuck with sweet names in the past and so Nougat and Noisette are being touted, though the odds on favourite is a well-known chocolate hazelnut spread, however they are obviously Nut telling us yet! UPDATE: The new name for Android N is Nougat as announced on 30th June 2016