The Gory Details Of Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Android Marshmallow was speculated to be one extremely new and refreshing operating system, but this is not how we have thought it to be. Moreover, it is just an overhauled version of Android Lollipop. In this blog we will discuss some of the gory details about this rehashed version of Android Lollipop and the more advanced features incorporated in the same.
Android Marshmallow design
When it comes to design you can think of a lot of things in Android Marshmallow which gives you the resemblance of Lollipop. Now we know that Google is laying more stress on Material Design and has also a set of guidelines. In Marshmallow you can see a lot of material design, wherein you will get other things such as notification, navigation and settings similar to its predecessor. However, you will get to make out the difference in the appearance and settings of Marshmallow.
There is not much difference between the lockscreen of Lollipop and Marshmallow, which comprises of shortcuts of apps and notifications. However, in Marshmallow the bottom corners comprise of Google’s voice search in lieu of the dialer and camera present in the Lollipop. With this we can get a hint of how much embedded voice commands are in Marshmallow.
There are some considerable changes in Android Marshmallow through a couple of changes from its Lollipop version which had a horizontal list. The final version of the operating system comprises of a vertical scrolling list. On this the user can scroll up and down through the list and on the top of it there is a new scrubber bar present on the right hand side of the screen which can be used to switch to a particular alphabet of a word.
It provides a vertical list, which offers endless scrolling, which makes it easy to scroll it right to the end of your app list, which is somewhere similar to swiping through numerous cards in Lollipop.
Predictive apps (based on frequency and time) are displayed at the top of the app drawer. Along with that you also have a dedicated app search bar which one can use through a keyboard as well as a voice control or a scrubber bar.
According to the Android Platform Distribution rates for November 2015, Android 6.0 Marshmallow runs on a tiny 0.3 percent of “active” Android devices.
System UI Tuner
A System UI Turner gets displayed at the bottom of the settings menu after enabling it. It is launched with some extra features such as:
- Battery percentage indicator besides the icon depicting battery
- Quick settings area which can be customized
- Allows you to add, rearrange as well as remove toggles
- A Menu which depicts the icons on your status bar
This helps you to make your status bar spic and span as it will arrange all your icons properly.
Home Screen rotation and Dark Theme
In the developer preview we got to see that there was a home screen rotation option and dark theme as per system, but in the final version these were removed from the final version of Marshmallow and the reason behind this is still not known.
However, it is expected that they might return back in the coming future, might be in the form of updates. But as of now they are not in the Android 6.0 release.
Voice API along with Assist API
A new voice API is unveiled for Android via Marshmallow. As we have discussed earlier that voice commands and voice search are the center of attraction of Marshmallow. Though they were present in earlier operating systems as well, but with Marshmallow they have gained a sure footing and more advanced features.
This feature is open for the third party app developer and they can incorporate this feature in their apps which they were not under their access in the previous Android versions. Earlier you can give voice commands to Google to open up apps, but you were unable to get back a response.
Battery Performance of Android Marshmallow
I believe that Doze is one of the strongest feature launched in Marshmallow. Now you might be wondering what is Doze? Doze is a smart feature which manages the battery by figuring out when it’s not being used. When it gets to know that the phone is not being used for quite sometime then the phone automatically goes under hibernation.
Due to this the battery backup of the phone has transcended the level of backup provided by other contemporary phones. This is why Marshmallow losses only 3-5 percent of battery which is considerably so lower than the 20- 25 percent battery loss of other phones overnight. This makes the standby of your phone upto two weeks.
When it comes to smartphones, one of the biggest problem with them is their battery life. Well Marshmallow seems to handle it pretty well. Wherefore, it has all the ability to gain a lot of popularity among the audience.
About the Author
Amanda is currently working for Xicom Technologies Ltd- a renowned Android app development company. She has been an avid IT personnal with special interest in writing posts that serve as handy guide for individuals looking out to build a strong career in IT services and solutions sector.