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Android Marshmallow vs. Android Lollipop – What Did The New Version Bring?

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Every year, Google is upgrading its operating system, which comes installed on the new Nexus devices, in these case the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones created by LG and Huawei respectively. In 2015, version 6.0 Marshmallow was released earlier, on October 5, and soon it will available for many flagships belonging to other companies, if you are curious what Google has been working on Marshmallow, then we’ll tell you about the new features and changes that you’ll find in the new version.

USB Type-C

Until now, all Android devices came with a regular USB port. The latest flagships, including the Nexus 5X, 6X and One Plus 2, are equipped with the latest USB Type-C port which will be used for charging the battery and for transferring data. Android Marshmallow comes with some code updates which will offer native support for this new standard in USB connectivity.

Google Now On Tap

By long-pressing the home button, you’ll enable Google Now on Tap, a feature which will spy your display and when you’ll receive an email about a movie, song or location, you’ll automatically get relevant links about them.

Manage Permissions

Google has followed Apple’s example and brought app permissions in Marshmallow. Until now, all applications were informing the users that they’ll access parts of their devices (microphone, camera location etc.) in order to work properly. The users were a bit worried that the developers of these applications will use the data in their favor. Now, the applications will ask for permission and you’ll allow only those you trust. In Settings>Applications>App Permissions, you’ll choose which application will have access to your data.

Doze

This feature will extend the battery life of your phone by entering the airplane mode when you’re not using it. This means that in order to conserve battery, Doze will eliminate background processes, but the users will still receive notifications for calls or messages.

Fingerprint Security

More manufacturers are equipping their mobile devices with fingerprint scanners. This way, the users are able to unlock or lock their devices, make payments or buy applications from the Google Play store.

Monitor Device Memory

The users are now informed which application uses the most memory in your device. This change is very useful, because some smartphones don’t support much memory and their batteries have a low capacity, draining fast.