The latest generation for Android OS is finally set to hit marts and has interestingly been named Marshmallow. Currently, the platform is in its beta phase but a preview build release had been made available to developers last week. Around Fall this year, the final versions could be made available but it could be a little longer before these are updated to compatible handsets. We had known that Android 6.0 was set to arrive, back in May during the Google I/O Conference; this had been known as Android M then. However, going with the name of Marshmallow Google has kept its trend of using sweet treats as name for its Android update names.
Users of Android will barely see much interface-based differences between Android Lollipop 5.0 and the upcoming Marshmallow. The interfacial changes were already reduced by Lollipop sometime back. The major revamps are intrinsic and aim to enhance stability as well as performance. New and interesting specifications of the Android 6.0 platform are features focused on six main areas. Three of these areas stand focused on security and user experience. A brand new system for permissions will allow users to have total control over what parts of a device apps can access on Marshmallow. The system will be similar to how iOS works given that applications will now need permission based on case-by-case. Earlier, users had grated all permissions at once. Therefore, there had been share-ability issues for information along varied app platforms.
A welcome upgrade with Marshmallow is the new app linking feature that allows one application to directly connect with another using a single link or button. Earlier versions saw a pop up dialog box that asked the user if he/she wanted to open another application. Marshmallow will erase this.
Marshmallow also seeks to enhance battery usage with a brand new feature called Doze. It works by using in built motion sensors of phones for detecting if a device has actually been used. After a set time span, Android will cut down all background activities that will help reduce battery life. While some might question the effectiveness of the new feature, David Burke, VP of Engineering said that Doze could almost double the standby span for Nexus 9 tabs. This was published in the Verge.
Besides these main areas, Google will now focus on smaller enhancement such as improve copy-paste feature, volume controls and USB-C induced faster charging. In spite of these brand new functionalities, the upgrade bit to Marshmallow could still be challenging. First comes issues such as device compatibility and slow update releases from carriers. Perhaps these reasons justify why only 18 per cent android handsets had been running on Android 5.0 Lollipop.