After waiting for so long Android 6.0 Marshmallow has finally arrived for Moto G 2nd gen.
I have explained the main feature of the new update in my video.
So now let’s see what’s changed in this new update,
UI and Design:
The UI of Marshmallow is looks fairly similar to that of Android Lollipop. At first you won’t see any difference but after using it for a while you will notice the improved performance and the new app animations. The app transitions are now replaced by animations.
Settings and Shortcuts:
Android now allows you to make widget shortcuts of particular settings like Bluetooth, Wifi or brightness.
Changes in Lock Screen:
There are no big changes in the new lock screen, the clock text is bold and the Phone Dialer icon from the left bottom side is now replaced by Google Now commands.
Notification bar and Quick settings:
The new quick setting menu is now allows you to directly access the WiFi and Bluetooth settings right through the notification drawer you can now have full access to WiFi and Bluetooth settings.
There is another new feature called Do not disturb which is similar to that of Priority mode from lollipop with some added new features.
System UI Tuner:
You can enable the system UI tuner by long pressing the setting icon from the notification bar.
Once enable you can see the small wrench appeared alongside of the settings icon. The System UI Tuner allows to tweak the little UI changes like rearranging the quick setting menu.
Google Now On Tap:
One of the biggest feature on Android Marshmallow is the Google Now On Tap. I think by now you guys already know how it works. You can enable the Now On Tap by long pressing the home key.
Once it is activated Now On Tap reads the content from your screen and gives the results based on the keywords that are on your screen. It gives you result about people, places or movie times. It is currently in development mode but works most of the time.
Google Settings App:
Google settings is now a part of the main settings. Here is where you will find Google accounts settings, privacy information, account preferences and Google now settings.
There is another new feature called Set up nearby device, using which you can set up another device like Android TV.
Doze is the another biggest feature of the Android Marshmallow after Google Now On Tap. Doze is the battery management system which detects if your device is not in use for certain period, and then it turns your phone into hibernation mode.
Storage and Micro-SD Support:
Android now allows you to use your Miro-SD storage card as a part of the internal storage. Whenever you pop in a new Micro-SD card you will see the notification to configure the Micro-SD card. You can either format it as a Internal storage or as a Portable storage, but beware if you chose to use it as a part on internal storage then it will format your SD card and will erase all the data on it. So make sure to take the backup of the data first.
If you browse through the settings menu you will find another new option named Memory.
The Memory settings gives you information about the RAM used by system and other apps over different time periods. It shows you the performance, Total memory, Averaged used and free memory. This will hopefully help you to manage the RAM.
Android now allows you to control some of the app permissions. Using this user can control which app is allowed to use Camera, internet or Contact list.
Marshmallow can now automatically create backup of your app and data, so if user restores any app from back up it will be the same as it was before.
Smart lock allows you to unlock your device or keeping your device unlocked depending on the option you choose. It included option for trusted devices, trusted faces and on-body detection.
Marshmallow has improved text selection menu. When selecting text you will get localized floating menu with options like, Select all, Copy or Share.
Marshmallow provides the improved app links selection. Now you don’t have to repeatedly tell android to open which link in which app.
Silent mode and Volume profiles:
Silent mode is back in Android Marshmallow. Pressing volume key now allows you to adjust the Ring volume, Media volume and alarm volume separately via a drop down menu.
Direct share is the new feature in Marshmallow, this allows user to share content directly to some contacts. User doesn’t have to open the separate app.
So these are the some of the new features you get on the new Marshmallow update. If you haven’t updated it do it now it is absolutely worth it.
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