Tuesday, 3 November 2015

All new Android Marshmallow 6.0 : Smarter and Smoother

Nowhere days a rapid growth in Technology bring a lots of competition in market, everyone looking to conquer the remaining space hence developer building up a steady pace for the new technology last year only Android released their 5.0 version OS called "Lollipop" and this time its 6.0 "Marshmallow". We all are exciting about the newest OS from Android which was formally announced in August as Marshmallow, before used to known as M or Melody during Developers Version. Everyone had a 1 question in mind just year ago we had a Lollipop Update then whats the requirement to have another ? Well everyone was curious about it and Android didn't disappointed us by throwing a update sooner then later.

Learn about Android Marshmallow from Official Site 

Some 3 weeks ago received a brand new Android Marshmallow update in Android One smartphone. The OTA was smooth and fast and within 1 hour some 336 MB has been downloaded it was really a lightning fast experience which you never expect in India on whatever connection you having or not. Google this time must worked on their OTA so it downloaded smoothly and buttery. Before upgradation make sure you have some 400 MB space vacant in your phone storage. You will face a problem specially in Android One phones because of lower ROM so make sure you will be pre prepare before it gonna screw your excitement.

First of all when you have a brand new OS you won't find enough changes because Android Marshmallow have a cosmetic changes in Material Design. There was no need of big upgradation too after 1 year because Lollipop was itself a unique and new compare to all previous OS. Whatever was missing in the previous OS is now available in the newest one. Apparently Android's Marshmallow is considered as a smartest OS Google ever launched. Android Marshmallow can be considered as a complete base of idol OS which can get further updates in near future as per feedbacks.

Stylish Clock

The new OS bring the Clock stylish by redesigning it, Lollipop upped the design and Marshmallow modifies it, the pattern of the clock has been changed now, a bit different and sharper compare to what it used to be before.

The Day - Date line are all in Caps which is more catchy and now you won't be mess up with it if you checking it carefully, line is bit finer in contrast then time it is now thicker and bold. Google this time concentrated in conventional fonts rather then stylish.

All New Launcher and App Search Bar

One of the changes with this brand new OS is its Launcher before we used to scroll left and right to search out for our desired apps, this time there is only 1 page and we needs to scroll up and down rather then having page after pages. This is really something different in Android and followed up the conventional basic phones we used to grown up with, few may received the update before Marshmallow. The unlike white background continued in M also. But since we used to it we may didn't have a notice on it now.

In top' 4 most used apps slots are available hence the most recently used apps makes way all the time so that you can point out it even before searching it in the menu which is quite innovative. You can have a App Search Bar so that you ables to search the app by tapping its name. Over a time we did having too many apps which is quite obvious so now if we needs to search out it won't be a time consuming practice like before.

Since Lollipop organizes the Apps according to the alphabets as before there was not even have App Menu Folder. You can now thumbup and thumbdown the extreme right edge of the panel to scroll app according to its letter. For ex. if you want App starting from "M" then scroll it upto M to find out apps which's name started from M. This is really a kind of work out from Android who took it as a project to signify the App Menu.

Storage Manager

Android One users specially used to fed up with their lower ROM, because of it nor we can't Update the Apps or can Install the new ones. Google must be notifies it and realize it that it needs a immediate solution and all new Storage Manager is the answers of all the critics.

Although we can't move by default apps which comes Preinstall but we can now move the downloaded apps, before too couple of apps can be moved but not all, specially those whose primary memory sets to Phone Storage. Overall now its a kind of shy relief to all and specially for lower end smart phones. Now Phone Memory + SD Card Storage is equals to Total Storage.

Memory Manager

Another exciting addition from Android, it is also a type of storage manager but its to analyze your Apps nature that how much storage hungry it is, as I said it was a headache before to have so many apps to be installed in 2.23 GB space of Android One phones. Techy peoples can have a solution though but it was hard enough to go inside of every App to check whether it is movable in SD storage or not.

New Memory Manager is to track the exact behavior of your RAM and track to how much storage Apps is using. You can now analyze the RAM by a certain spam of time of last 3, 6, 12, 24 hours of usage. A pretty cool thing to have everything in details without any help of 3rd party storage. By monitoring a performance you ables to identify that when exactly things were wrong.

Though still you will be end up with uninstalling / reinstalling a app if your phone gives you a serious trouble.

Lock Screen Message

I remember this feature used to have in Basic phones and people put a name or a custom message in the screen. This is also a excited part of Marshmallow, a screen lock message may helps you to have a custom message or even your name. Although its a old fashion trick but kids may gonna like it and who knows it might helps you to remind Birthday or Anniversary.


Unless like Date, its having lowercase and bit lighter. Its basically not a important but can be treated as another value addition, it won't disturbs you but an extra option in the screen like a front number plate of your vehicle. 

Battery Optimization

Lollipop had a addition called Battery Saver which made a dumb battery juicer smartphone to become smarter, battery optimization is also a link to make it smartest. Android phones faced a big criticism regarding battery life not only physically they were less from Manufacturer but also the brain OS not have any control on it to put the phone on hold so atleast even Apps sleeps when you sleeps.

This new feature is let you know which app is juicing your battery and in what pace so that if you found some app which is not so important can be taken off by using this feature. In general every App utilizes battery but you can exempt important app from this. Although Google didn't cleared enough about this new feature and it also gonna juice up the battery. So better to keep it for tracking purpose only and don't expect enough.

All new Volume Control

The Volume Control is now divided into 3. As Volume, Ringtone and Alarm. The Silent mode is completely cut off and having 3 way to set your Music Profile. This is quite unique because many time we just messed up with personalize tab and end of switching off Alarm tone or Ringtone in various occasions. 

A introduction of "Do Not Disturb" is also unique though its tricky to understand first that what exactly it do. Option is available in Notification Drop Down menu let you to switch off certain alerts for a certain time period or indefinitely. The concept is to disable certain feature for a time being. Pressing Volume key will bring out the Volume Notification.

App Permission 

Before you used to grant the permission of any App from the installation itself, you have to agree to grant the permission of say Camera, Contacts, Storage, Location etc. otherwise app won't be install. Things has now changed. Many By Default apps are not asking for any permission during Software Update because you don't needs to pre permit any app for anything, now Apps will ask for Location and Camera whenever they requires for, this will gives you a clear idea on what Apps are doing in background and clarifies about the need.

In App Permissions tab you will find the clear view of permission set for particular app. A much more clear view to understand about the background activity. In this section you will find out about all necessary things from Camera, Calendar to Location, Microphone. You can revoke them at any time whenever you feel that the particular permission should not be allowed.

Google Now

Google Now is the next big thing then what it is used to be before, its now your digital assistance which can talk and provides information instantly then before which was a simple Tab for searching. It can be now assigned to look for anything at anytime instantly using Now on Tap. Finest piece of this brand new Google Now is that it can be called out from everywhere, just a long gentle press of Home Button and see the excitement. Its hard to become someone's assistance util and unless you don't know about him very well. But with this brand new experience you can find your companion who will help you for many thing.

Although Google Now called as revolution in digital world but there is a drawback of privacy too, we ourself know its not possible to understand each others taste until and unless we're not closely following them here also Google is refining things for you whatever you like or whatever you wants to know. But as per few documentations which gives positive response regarding Google Now as it don't promote Anti Privacy like we're thinking off. But still people should conscious with this upgraded feature of Marshmallow.

Overall Marshmallow came with a cosmetic changes in Material Design but must say Android worked hard on every field and concentrated on a missing tabs. Only one File Browser which I feel is lacking although now we can look inside our Phone Storage or SD card before it was not even possible.

Hope everyone enjoying the brand new Android Marshmallow do share reviews with us.

Author of this post is +Anirudha Das, he writes in Tech, Sports, Social, Politics, Business. Follow him on social media at @anirudhasdas

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