While there has been a lot of speculation regarding what Android M was going to be, Google has finally gone on to confirm that Android M will be called Android Marshmallow.
Google is also leaving Android 5.x to Android Lollipop and has moved Android Marshmallow to Android 6.0 directly. In terms of features, reports indicate that a lot hasn’t changed between Android 5.1 and Android 6.0 but you don’t have to take our word for it.
The developer preview for Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available for download on Google’s developer’s blog and you can try it out for yourself.
At the moment downloadable images are available for Nexus 5, 6, 9 and Nexus Player devices here.
While it isn’t confirmed as yet, we believe the new version of Android will arrive with the new line of Nexus 2015 devices, which we are likely to have two of this year – one from LG and one from Huawei.
Samsung has also been kind enough to give us all a small preview of what we can expect from Android 6.0 Marshmallow. At the face of it, it seems like Google has made minor tweaks to Android 5.1 Lollipop, as you can see in the infographic below provided by Samsung.
According to the Korean company which is the leading manufacturer of Android devices, Android Marhsmallow will bring improved App Permission controls – which means you will be able to handpick and choose the set of permissions any app has access to. Hence, you can prevent apps from getting permissions like access to your location etc.
Next is the added functionality for the fingerprint sensor on the phones and how it will be integrated with other apps which require authentication. For instance, apart from getting to unlock your phone with your thumb, you can now use your fingerprint authentication to log in to platforms like Google Play.
Google has also improved app memory management with Android M, allowing users to keep tabs on apps, the amount of memory they use and how frequently they run.
While we aren’t sure whether the Auto Backup feature can quality as something new, it seems Google has increased the backup storage space per app to 25 MB.
Finally Samsung points towards better power management and longer battery life on account of smart usage detection of your Android device.
What do you think about the new features Google is introducing with Android 6.0 Marshmallow? and more importantly, why do you think Google felt the need to completely move beyond the Android 5.x Lollipop series when it seems like Android M only offers incremental upgrades. Comment below to share your thoughts.