We are again standing at that time of year where the world eagerly awaits for Google’s new Android OS. The company recently revealed that it will be called Marshmallow and what all features can one expect from it. Although the market is plummeting and like all big companies, Google too, is bleeding in stocks from the past few days. However, it is expected that this will all get over soon for this tech giant as soon as Marshmallow comes into market.
This will be the first Android version released when Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google. Though he’s been leading Android from quite a few years and he can truly be regarded as the man behind Android’s big success, however, it will be interesting to see how the new CEO tackles the world’s apprehensions through their highly awaited mobile operating system.
Though speculations are that Google will pull the wraps off from Android 6.0 Marshmallow in September, however, the whole thing can be shifted to October as well especially when leaks confirm that the new Nexus phones are still in their nascent stage. Nevertheless, it will be exciting to see what all Google has in store for us with the world’s most loved smartphone OS.
While the real deal is still a month or two away, we help you understand what all you can expect from it. Here some expected and/or highly possible features of the new Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow:
- Android Pay – Apple Pay got extremely popular amongst people for its robust mechanism.Samsung, too, unveiled Samsung Pay recently which is said to be much more advanced and better than Apple Pay. Google tried to do the same by creating Google Wallet, but for them, things never really took off.However, the company is trying again to make a mark in this field by introducing Android Pay. It will arrive with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will let users to use their phone for making purchases at some select stores that have mobile payment machines installed. While the details of how Android Pay would work aren’t really clear as of now, but you can expect them to come out whenever the new Android version gets revealed.
- Google Now on Tap – Google’s personal assistant, Now, will also arrive in an entirely new way on your smartphone and/or tablet in the form of Google Now on Tap. While you are texting or searching for something, you can always tap on a button for getting helpful extra info. For example, if you’re texting your friend about a new company in town, you can always tap ‘Google Now on Tap’ button which will give you an insight about the business information of that company along with details like its contact number, address working hours etc.
- New App Drawer – Your phone’s app drawer, the screen where you see all your installed apps might also get a design. Currently one has to swipe left or right for accessing the apps. On Android’s previous versions, one had to scroll up and down to access these apps. With Marshmallow, that up-and-down scrolling might return. Apart from that, you can also come across a search bar at the top of the app drawer which can be used for searching an installed app.
- Permissions for Apps – The concept of permissions that you give your apps will also change with the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While earlier you could give almost any app the permission of looking into your photos, contacts, or using your Wi-Fi while you downloaded it, but now you can exercise your power on these apps.
- Now you can decide whether you want Instagram to access your photos or not or if WhatsApp is allowed to use your location information or not. This helps immensely in upgrading the security and privacy of the user. However, users must also keep in mind that the app might not work as intended if you deny it a resource that it needs for its proper functioning.
- Fingerprint Security Support – A lot of phones these days are adding fingerprint recognition support. This is also essential if you intend to do mobile payments. While Apple was the first one to introduce it, Samsung and HTC followed too. At the moment, Android does not provide support for fingerprint sensing and the companies are rolling out these features by doing their own research and development.
However, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, one can definitely expect Google to include fingerprint reader support. These claims are quite true especially when leaked images of the upcoming Nexus devices show that these phones will include fingerprint scanners for unlocking the screen and authorizing payments.
- Doze Mode – The new version of Android might even introduce a new feature called the Doze Mode for helping you get over excessive battery drain issues. This mode simply extends the life of your Android phone by stopping apps that are running unnecessarily at the background and that can wake up your device. Important alerts, however, like a phone call, message or alarm can still poke you.
So, you can expect your battery to last much longer if your Android 6.0 Marshmallow phone is just sitting idly and doing nothing. Your device will still lose charge but in a much slower way and now with Marshmallow, you can expect it to stay alive for a bit longer if you are not constantly touching it.
As of now, we are still weeks away from the launch of the new Android version. Most features of this upcoming OS are developed to enhance the user experience. Apart from that security and privacy features too are given utmost importance. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is also expected to be Android’s most secure update which somewhat appears to be true especially when the company is integrating security conscious features like Android Pay and fingerprint support.
Nonetheless, Google is promising some pretty exciting features with Marshmallow. All we can do as of now is wait and watch how many of these expectations actually turn out to be true.
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