October 23, 2015
Now that Google's Android Marshmallow website went live and the cutting edge 6.0 is here, let us go through its main features pinning the most prominent patches, enhancements, and downsides whatever we managed to discover. First, much to regret for quite a lot of us, the only guests accepted to the Marshmallow tasting ceremony yet are Nexus smartphones’ users. In several months, the new software packages will be coming to the latest Android phones of Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Huawei, and others.
To begin with…
They made it! Finally, the home screen rotation reached Android phones, enabling landscape mode in apps as well.
All in good time — seems like the Marshmallow developers have been guided by this principle while correcting the previous versions’ vice with app permissions requests. The procedure has been simplified: instead of straightaway request at the point of installation the new version will ask it the very first time one tries to use the app. Generally, the Marshmallow allows much more flexibility and control over your device.
Those who expected Marshmallow’s file manager would be a good alternative to third-party ones would most likely be upset. Still providing users with abilities to search, copy, delete, share, and sort files, the new manager lacks quite a number of features required to perform file transfers.
To the contrary, app links have been nicely improved up to the “verified” configuration opening directly without any confusing user prompts on what kind of service one would like to use for it.
Visual Voicemail is a functionality whose name speaks for itself: the service accessible directly from the dialer provides user voicemail with a visual interface instead of employing the usual audio-based setup, as it goes in Android smartphones. The sorrow is that for now it is supported by T-Mobile and Orange France only, as Android Police says.
A Self-sufficient Web & Google Now On Tap
Another thrilling feature integrating the app and web experience is Chrome Custom Tabs making apps open a customized Chrome window right above the active app — no need to launch the Chrome app separately. Above all, Chrome Custom Tabs offers autofill, automatic sign-in, saved passwords, and multi-process security.
Among the major leaps of the new Android software many reviewers unanimously rejoice “Google Now On Tap” feature revolutionizing UX with the advanced search and communication opportunities. One can start search concerning the information displayed on the screen — be it a movie, a bar, or an event discussion — by giving a voice command or holding the “Home” button. “Google Now On Tap” pulls up related photos, summaries, ratings, and generates suggestions and actions as for the content.
Those willing to set confidentiality provisions in order to prevent Google from getting contextual data may choose what to show to «Now On Tap” or turn it off altogether.
To be continued...