Who doesn’t like marshmallows? I know I do. Heck, even Google loves marshmallow so much that it was made into their version 6.0 of their Android Operating System.
It was a quick fix, to say the least. Google teased the Android M back in their I/O Conference in May and in true fashion, the Search Engine giant hid the name to add more suspense and a ton of guessing. Fortunately for us, they’ve decided to go with marshmallow, which is actually a very obvious choice. Of course, there’s the traditional unveiling of statue outside Google’s HQ in Mountain View, California: a giant Android hugging a huge marshmallow is now at home beside Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop.
So what are we supposed to expect from the Marshmallow? As we all know, every version comes with a bunch of nifty features that would prepare a compatible device to be up to date and ready to go toe to toe with the rigorous tasks and trials ahead. According to Google, Android M will highlight an improved App permission where the OS asks a user whether to “Allow” or “Deny” a certain application to access some of the phone’s services when it is launched. Then there’s the Doze Mode where the device slumbers into deep sleep in idle mode and in the process, conserves energy. It also disables background services (it’s like having a “Do Not Disturb” sign outside your door), but users can still opt for their messages and other notifications to be on full alert.
Another is the Android Pay – a virtual wallet where transactions can be made by simply swiping (or tapping) your Smartphone to NFC (Near Field Communication) terminals. This would also go well to more stable and standardized fingerprint scanning protocol that would also be incorporated on future Android devices.
Also, users can now put into good use Google Now, the company’s virtual assistant simply by long pressing your Smartphone’s Home button. Likewise, Now is accessible even if you’re doing something else, say playing a game or opening another application.
And finally, Android Marshmallow will come with USB Type C support. Just like Apple’s Lightning, the port is a witty and innovative decision for us to immediately plug into the port directly to the device without the hassle of having it on the wrong side.
Google is planning to exhibit the benefits of Android 6.0 in two new devices: a Huwaei clad device and LG’s follow-up to the Nexus 5. For the rest of the known Android community, the Marshmallow will bring its fluffiness to our handhelds this fall.