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Android 6.0 Marshmallow vs. Android 5.0 – What Was Added?

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Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow on September 29, 2015, along with the two new Nexuses. During the event which was held in San Francisco, the company revealed its new technologies and presented the additions to its latest operating system. Many Nexus device owners are anxiously to make the switch to Android 6.0, but the update will roll out in phases, and will have priority the Nexus 5 and 6 models. So, those who are curious what upgrades Android 6.0 Marshmallow contains will find many answers in this article.

The codename of the new Android version wasn’t known until August 17, 2015, when the company posted on the Google Developer’s blog that the operating system will called Marshmallow. Android’s previous names were inspired from sweets and they were released in alphabetical order, but before Google revealed what the “M” stands for, there were lots of assumptions and we’ve heard many rumored names on the list, such as Mars, Macadamia, Milkshake, Milky Way, Meringue, Milk Dud etc.

When Android 5.0 Lollipop has been released, it came with improved Material Design, a better User Interface, better notifications and interruptions menu, stability improvements, security features, lock screen more efficient and streamlined applications and other add-ins.

Then, Google released Android 5.1 on March 10, as the most important update, which brought many other improvements such as screen pinning, device protection, quick settings tweaks, volume and interruptions, HD Voice + Dual SIM support and, of course, other miscellaneous add-ins.

There are still many flagships which are waiting to be upgraded to Android 5.1 or 5.1.1, but the users are anxious to enjoy the new Android user experience offered by Marshmallow, which comes with app permissions, fingerprint support (and the possibility to make mobile payments), a better web experience, app links, Doze and Standby – which extend the battery life, but there are many other visual improvements for the apps menu, app search bar, clock etc.