Explaining the key features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Experts are of the opinion that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is such a mix up of different features that they’re spent a lot of time in deducing the unifying principle behind them. Like any rebranding, this too is divisive. It eliminates the childish lettering and prefers a restrained font, maintaining an aura of colorfulness.

The Marshmallow is a sign of Google’s growing up; it is much more refined than its predecessors but still might have a certain level of joke attached to it. There’s an extension and refinement of the core functionality and features of Android Lollipop. If you wish to know the main features before upgrading your phone, here are some that you may take into account.

Release date of Android Marshmallow

Android Marshmallow was first announced by Google on 28th May and then it was released as Android M developer preview. Before Marshmallow was officially given its name on 17th August, there were several updates which were released and then Google finally released Android 6.0 hand in hand with the Nexus devices on 29th September, 2015. As happened earlier, the Nexus family of Google was the first to get the goods and they were soon launched with Android 6.0 installed within them.

Android Marshmallow

The design features of Android Marshmallow

Visually, Android Marshmallow is similar to its predecessor Lollipop in different ways. The material design language of Google is more pervasive than before and the vital areas of user interface remain the same. However there are some differences in new features and appearance.

  • Lock screen: The lock screen of Marshmallow is almost identical to Lollipop, replete with notifications which can be expanded and app shortcuts. But whereas there were shortcuts in Lollipop in the corner bottom of the screen, Marshmallow replaces the shortcut of dialer pad with one to Google’s voice search. Here, voice search has a complete new look which people will simply love.
  • Home screen: The same voice command which appears on the home screen through the dedicated search of Google, complete with the post-Alphabet Google logo. The home screen is perhaps the same like it was in Lollipop. The Google Now area has been updated but this isn’t any exclusive feature of Android 6.0.
  • App drawer: There have been a couple of changes in the app drawer section as it now comes in a vertical scrolling list as against the horizontal list found in Lollipop. As the vertical list is endless, this means that you can swipe from one end to another end of your app list.
  • Notification and quicksettings: Marshmallow has a 2 part notification area and a single swipe down from the top of the screen will pull the entire notifications shade. A two finger swipe down will take you to the quick settings page. The notification area displays the app notifications and they can be extended or tapped to launch the entire app.

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