Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Posted on September 9, 2015 10:34 am

The release of Android 6.0 popularly known as Marshmallow is officially set for September 29 and will be be released during Google’s Nexus event in San Francisco. Google is set to hold this event to unveil the two latest Nexus devices namely the Nexus is Nexus 5X aka Bullhead made by LG and Nexus 6 aka Angler built by Huawei.According to official details, these smartphones are Google’s newest mobile device offerings that will show off the latest version of its Android software, the Android Marshmallow and they will be the first devices to run the software. Google outlined how developers can access to its final preview of Android Marshmallow on its blog:”The Android emulator system images and developer preview system images have been updated for supported Nexus devices -Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9  and Nexus Player, to help with your testing. You can download the device system images from the developer preview site. Also, similar to the previous developer update, supported Nexus devices will receive an Over-the-Air update over the next couple days.”Although the Android 6.0 SDK is final, the devices system images are still developer preview versions. The preview images are near final but they are not intended for consumer use. Remember that when Android 6.0 Marshmallow launches to the public, you’ll need to manually re-flash your device to a factory image to continue to receive consumer OTA updates for your Nexus device.””

Among Marshmallow features include multi-window tasking, enabling apps to be opened simultaneously in one window, arranging quick toggles and creating dark themes. However, theming and changes to the core look of the OS are not new to the rooting community.Fellow coders I have talked to feels its time for Google to allow android customisation.Marshmallow unlike its predecessors will also introduce new App Permission systems that allows users to individually toggle permissions for each app. When it comes to drawing over other apps,the permission is disabled by default and makes it harder to turn it on.Unlike Android KitKat, the app must direct users to the App Permissions setting and then make the user manually enable it from there. Analysts have have said that to practically remove makes those apps harder to use. Overall the new operating system includes a simpler approach to permissions, which gives users more control over what information applications can be accessed.With every release of Android OS’s every year, a number of features and improvements don’t always come out the way users and developers want them to.When I was testing different beta version that Google released to developers, I noted that Android Marshmallow offers Quick Setting tiles that allow a users to appropriate a microSD label as a default place for storage. Indeed, Google has come a long way since making its first release in 2008, but like any other devices, there is always room for improvement. Android Marshmallow still need improvements.

As one of those under Google’s Android Preview initiative, I am looking forward to Android Pay that is expected to ship inside Android Marshmallow devices.From now henceforth, I think we will be be having a lot more Android handsets with fingerprint scanners. Also it comes with USB Type-C support, several tweaks and improvements throughout the OS, and Google’s latest Android Pay mobile wallet platform.Google Pay is set to be launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. According to Google, Android Pay represents the future of mobile payments. Compared to Apple Pay, Google Pay need an NFC chipset for it to work and the chip must be installed on the device in use. Android Pay just like Apple Pay will store card information but limit virtual card number to the other parties in a transaction as a way of maintaining user privacy.Unlike Apple Pay where you need to add card details to your iPhone with the help of a Passbook app, supports iPhone 5 models as long as you have an Apple Watch which has an NFC chip, but when it comes to Android Pay, any device using Android 4.4 KitKat and above will be supported. Similar to Apple’s Touch ID, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow will come with fingerprint scanner that will work with Android Pay in authenticating payments and Google says the service will be connected to major banking institutions, where the app’s primary focus of making in-app purchases and in-store payments will easily be achieved.Android users just have to wait patiently for September 29th event to find out more.What I can predict is that devices with Android Marshmallow OS will become a hit in the market.

Contador Harrison