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Android 6.0 Marshmallow vs. Android 5.1 Lollipop – What Was Changed, Should You Upgrade?

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow was released on October 5 and first, it will run on the new Nexus 5X and 6P, then it will roll out to the Nexus 5 and 6 and other devices. There are still many phones that run on Android 5.1 Lollipop and it isn’t sure when they’ll get the new operating system, and the users want to know what they’re missing, what are the new features that have been introduced in Marshmallow.

Android 5.1 Lollipop came in May and brought many bug fixes, but when Android 6.0 Marshmallow was announced, the users who own a Nexus device were able to download the developer preview in order to test out the new features. In total, there were three developer previews and finally, the time has arrived to release the official version, which brought fingerprint support, Google Now on Tap and other features.

First of all, you will see many visual changes related to the animations and effects, the homescreen, volume controls, notification pulldown bar, the Google Now menu etc, Doze is a new feature which extends the battery life by up to 30 percent, and the automatic app and data backups will save you from trouble in case you lose your phone or it gets stolen, which means that the data is saved on the cloud and you can recover it anytime.

The lockscreen contains now a microphone icon, which fires up Google Now voice controls; the application tray has a vertical scrolling list of applications which are displayed alphabetically; the notification bar settings comes with new additions such as permissions, the “do not disturb” mode, quick settings, Doze, which improves the battery life, Now on Tap and more; Google Now on Tap – which takes voice commands and sets reminders and alarms, or sends messages and makes calls – can be activated by long pressing the home button; Permissions is a feature which will prevent applications from automatically accessing the camera, location etc., which means that in Marshmallow, the apps will ask permissions first; all devices with a fingerprint scanner will have native fingerprint support and the users will be able to unlock their phones or make app purchases using Android Pay etc.; the volume controls have been revamped, and the three volume controls can be accessed from the dropdown button; the widget picker tray was also improved, and it’s easier to use, so to add widgets to the homescreen, just long press anywhere on the homescreen and tap on “widgets”.

Also, Marshmallow comes with a dedicated RAM Manager tool which shows the average memory use of each application.

Remember that Android 6.0 M will first roll out to the Nexus 5, 6, 7, 9 and Nexus Player, then it will be available for the flagships manufactured by other companies (Samsung, Motorola, HTC etc).