No it’s not milkshake or muffin, not even moon pie or mocha! Putting an end to all wild speculations yet keeping up with its lip-smacking nomenclature theme, search engine giant Google has christened the sixth version of its Android operating system (OS), Marshmallow.
Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten centre, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows? We definitely like them!” a seemingly excited Jamal Eason, Android product manager gushed on the Android Developers Blog, following the rollout of the update on August 17. Eason further added, “Since the launch of the M developer preview at Google I/O in May, we`ve enjoyed all of your participation and feedback. Today with the final Developer Preview update, we`re introducing the official Android 6.0 SDK and opening Google Play for publishing your apps that target the new API – application program interface – level 23 in Android Marshmallow.
The tech giant held that Marshmallow will make it easier for users to set permissions for apps, and give better support for USB Type-C – a new connector standard that every device including smartphones, digicams and gaming consoles should be able to use. Transaction through Android Pay, Google’s mobile wallet will be simpler than ever with this new generation of droid platform. Let’s have a look at some other goodies on offer:
All New Permissions Model
Do you find accepting each and every permission that an app asks at the time of installation infuriating? Well, you will not have to any anymore, thanks to Marshmallow’s permission model revamp. Its new ‘runtime permissions’ system gives upper hand in choosing things that an application may gain access to. Suppose you do not want an app to know your location, Android version 6.0 will simply allow you to disable that permission!
With Samsung already offering fingerprint authorization for quite some time it is pertinent to ask why it is a big deal. The matter of the fact is Marshmallow makes native fingerprint authorization a reality, by embedding the feature right in the OS’s source code, allowing more manufacturers to make use of the feature, obviously expanding choice for users. This means you are soon to see the feature on HTC, OnePlus, Huwai and LG phones, too!
Google on Tap
No more having to exit an app to access Google to search information. Suppose you are chatting about the shopping center that has recently opened its doors in your city – a single, long press of the Home button will open up a floodgate of contextual information about it.
Automatic App Data Backup
Are you an avid gamer? Then you will understand the frustration of losing spot in a game, when you have to leave your device in the peak of excitement. Your latest Droid phone will back up your app data by default (once a day, when you are connected to Wi-Fi), which implies you can start exactly at the point you left the game, even without encountering any dialogue box.
Android got new wallpapers!
The update enables better Copy/Paste functionality, thanks to the toolbar that pops up just above your selection with the ‘Cut, Copy, Paste’ options. Sharing, too, becomes a single click affair with Direct Share feature that lets you share link, text or images with most frequently shared contacts or apps. Then, for graphic-junkies, Android 6.0 Marshmallow offer a fresh set of wallpapers – nine of them.
Developers are invited to download Android 6.0 SDK via the SDK Manager in Android Studio and upgrade their apps to API level 23. Here is what the tech-biggie has to tell the developers: “To make sure that your updated app runs well on Android Marshmallow and older versions, we recommend that you use Google Play’s newly improved beta testing feature to get early feedback, then do a staged rollout as you release the new version to all users.”
Last but not the least, with Google working on its tow Nexus handsets based on Marshmallow (one expected to be made by Huawei and the other by LG), Droid- enthusiasts are braced for some exciting time ahead. So, move over Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop. It’s time to feast on Marshmallow!
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Sucharita is the Android lady. She develops awesome Android apps. When it comes to the latest upgrades and Android mobile dev technologies, she is the our girl! When not working, she plays games on phones.