Android Marshmallow: Details from the Preview

Android has made the upcoming Android 6.0, the Android M or Android Marshmallow Operating System’s protocols available for download for independent App developers. The move is to ensure the most complete and most comprehensive update since the Android Lollipop. Android is still looking for ways to improve the new Operating system, even if on its earlier previews, we have seen advancements on user compatibility, privacy and security.

The Marshmallow, requires app developers to get the official Android 6.0 Software Development Kit. These third party application needed the developers to target and adjust to the new Application Program Interface (API)level 23. This will be needed for third party programs to run smoothly on the new O.S. With the required API 23 app programming, Android wants developers to let their users deselect negotiable app additives such as giving ratings and many more.

Google's Android Marshmallow

Aside from app developers, owners of the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are the few lucky users that could test the new O.S. for themselves. But only on these models and nothing else.

One of the biggest additives to the Marshmallow O.S is the update on the fingerprint API. This promises better recognition, thus more secured and selected access. On the Nexus models used for the tests, the first most recognizable change is the rotating home screen. This allows the users to control the overall aspect of Smartphone operation in the landscape orientation. The previous Android OS version introduced a way to alphabetize your apps. However, the end product is a bookshelf with gaps. On the new icon arrangement, there will be no gaps. It will be like continuous playlist of built-in and downloaded applications.

Another screen display change is the removable status bar icons. You can choose to lose track on network connections, Bluetooth transfer and may more. To be able to pull this off, you will need a stable internet connection and deeper understanding about your phone’s capacities and limit.

System wise, the most promising feature are:

Optimized App Links
All the progress you recorded on all apps will be recorded. This means, when you re-install an app that once ran on the Marshmallow O.S., the data is restored along on your user profile. This app is designed for open world Smartphone games.

Android Marshmallow Optimized App Links

The Android Marshmallow O.S creates a file reading database that is aimed to redirect you to any installed or system-generated app that could read web content attachments with minimal “Open with” pop-ups. The best use is transitioning from web browsing to the dedicated Youtube app when opening videos.

RAM Manager
To lessen rooting, Marshmallow O.S. will allow users to manage the RAM. The best RAM to date is 4 GB and even when running, say 5 apps at a time, it would still require less than 2 GBs of RAM. This function will give you better understanding that a bigger RAM is only needed if you are running multiple programs and that even the best 3-dimensional gaming apps could not take up the entire 4 GB RAM capacity.

Android Marshmallow RAM Manager

Network Settings Reset option
You may wipe out network setting, Wi-Fi connections and other data connections data all with a single confirmation.

Android Marshmallow Network Settings

Auto Backup and Restore for Apps
When linked to your Google Drive, the system automatically backs up data as well as settings with a file size of no more than 25 MB.

Android Marshmallow Auto Backup and Restore for Apps

Google Chrome
The Google browser can now detect the strength of your network connectivity. To maximize what you have, when connected on low-rated connections, Chrome will limit the results to not include pictures or how the system sees more efficient. Google web browser aims to better the loading time by up to 4 times faster even on connections lesser than 1 mbps. This will be helpful for Filipinos, as we are one of the nations with the lowest internet connection.

Google Photos
Smartphone manufacturers will sometimes ship their units without SD card slots. Marshmallow O.S. is looking for ways to help its users by introducing the ‘Google Photos’. This program aims to provide unlimited, free storage on all photographs taken from Smartphone cameras with 16 MP rating or below. This program stores compressed photo and movie files on a server completely detached from your Smartphone.

Android Marshmallow Google Photos

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