Google has started releasing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to public today. First to receive the Android M update is the Nexus lineup including Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 and Nexus 9. So it just a matter of weeks before Android 6.0 finally arrives to other slew of Android devices.
Mostly, all new features and improvements of Android M are under the hood. And one of the big improvements is longer, better battery life which Google has already promised since the announcement of Android M. And this alone makes the no. 1 reason why you should upgrade to Android 6.0 once it becomes available to download.
Android 6.0 M Power-saving Doze and App Standby
The battery optimization will happen in background. So in short, users won’t see the optimizations right on the screen but rather will feel it thru overall battery life. The two main features that will optimize the battery life are Doze and App Standby.
Doze operates by keep the phone at sleep state when not in use while periodically updating and syncing apps and notifications on the background. On the other hand, App Standby intelligently determines the app in idle.
Nexus users can already upgrade to Android 6.0 starting today. Motorola devices will likely get the update on the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile, both upcoming Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X run on Android 6.0 out-of-the-box.
If improved battery life alone is not convincing enough, then checkout the list of new features of Android 6.0 down below.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow features:
- Support for fingerprint sensor and wider tap-to-pay payment service
- Enhanced web experience
- Improved copy and paste feature
- Options for opening web and app links
- More extensive App permissions
- New app drawer for stock and near vanilla Android
- Automatic backup and restore of apps
- Improved battery life
- Improved RAM manager
- Better support for external storage
- New dark theme for stock and near vanilla Android
- Smarter Google Now
- Support for landscape home screen
- More options for status bar
- And many more improvements both under-the-hood and on top of UI
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