Google has begun rolling out its newest operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and Nexus devices are the first to receive the update.
Originally unveiled at Google’s 2015 I/O conference back in May, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the latest release in Google’s line of operating systems for Android devices. The last version, Android 5.0 Lollipop, had become the standard for such smartphones and tablets. The OS powers such devices as the Nexus 6 from Motorola and the Android Box.
What’s New On Android 6.0 Marshmallow?
Let’s rotate this thing over the flames a bit and examine just what innovations Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings to the table in comparison to its predecessor.
Google has highlighted a few newly added features back in May. Among them are the ability to use voice search from the lock screen, simplified notifications and a charging indicator for faster charging. A new service called “Now On Tap” is one of the slickest additions, enabling users to get answers to questions quickly and contextually through shortcuts based on whatever actions you might be taking. (For instance, if a friend texts you about getting dinner at a certain restaurant, you can instantly jump to Web-based results relating to that restaurant, such as reviews and reservations.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow also introduces a feature called Doze, which takes several measures to smartly conserve power and extend battery life. Doze will notice times where you haven’t been using your device and will automatically shut down inactive apps. You won’t notice its activities, but you will notice that your device lasts far longer before needing a recharge.
In an age where everyone wants longer battery life but the technology behind handheld batteries isn’t progressing all that rapidly, this is a pretty impressive workaround.
Where To Find Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes pre-loaded into the freshest Nexus models, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. It can also be downloaded onto existing recent models such as the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 9 LTE and Nexus Player. It’s a big perk for people who are considering purchasing an Unlocked Nexus 6, and we expect to see the OS rolled out onto many new devices from various brands in the coming months.
With a variety of new functionality perks, Android 6.0 Marshmallow competes with the latest OS release from Apple, OS 9, which is the default operating system for the brand new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.