It’s been a while since the Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been officially released on 5th Oct 2015 primarily on Google Nexus devices, but even after months, other devices are still in the queue to get it. There are some major upgrades added in Android 6.0 to make it better than Android Lollipop. We have checked for the updates in the new 6.0 Marshmallow and some of the major upgrades are being listed below.
1. Better Assistance
Now with Marshmallow upgrade you will be getting better Google Now assistance, it has been enhanced with the “Just Tap” feature.
Google now will now be available even when you are using any other app. You will have to just touch and hold the home button or just say “Ok Google” from any screen. Voice interaction with supporting app is also available to make their use more convenient, that means now other apps will also going to react to your Google Now queries.
You will also be able to share with particular contacts in an easier and faster way with preference to frequent contacts, using Direct Share.
2. Power Management
Two power management features are available so that the device battery can last longer. One is DOZE, it puts the device in sleep state automatically, when it is not in use, to enhance the standby battery life.
Another one is “App Standby“, Apps running in the background also uses battery power and drains it so early. App Standby limits their impact on battery life so battery last longer.
And another thing to notice is the USB Type C Support, for faster data transfer and quick battery charging.
3. Privacy & Security
Every App will ask for permissions when it first need to access something that can be dangerous for your privacy, which can be either granted or denied without having any effect on access of app. Permissions can be modified further as per need for each app, or use the Advanced Controls to turn permissions ON/OFF for all your installed apps at once.
There is one new addition of the Verified boot feature that will notify you, If any change is detected in firmware or Android OS from its factory version, by any application you have installed.
Now, this new Android will support the fingerprint sensors natively, All kinds of authentication like unlocking the device, purchasing in Google Play and payment of the app can be done through fingerprint sensors.
4. Efficient Performance
You will be now able to do multitasking more efficiently, Application performance is improved by managing the RAM of the device more efficiently. It is expected that the applications will now run more smoothly even if you have less RAM or have multiple apps are running in the background already.
Typesetting and text rendering performance has been improved and has made the text selection smarter along with built-in undo/redo, and text actions. They are available closer to your fingers whenever you need them.
Text selection and translation on the spot using the Google Translate App.
Duplex printing support has been added that saves the paper.
Bluetooth Low Energy (“BLE”) scanning for nearby beacons and your accessories with less power consumption.
Connection with compatible Wi-Fi networks are seamlessly and securely done using hotspot 2.0.
Bluetooth SIM Access Profile (SAP) is the features by which one can use the car phone to make call using your phone’s SIM.
Portable Wi-Fi hotspot now has extended support for 5GHz frequency bands.
7. Increased Memory for App & game
There is a new feature in 6.0 that could be helpful, Using this feature one can use the external storage device as internal storage so that a lot number of apps and game can be installed, and you will less likely to “running out of space” like issues when installing new applications to your device from the play store.
8. Device Setup and Migration
Transfer of your accounts, apps and data to a new device is more easier.
Now you can additionally add personal or corporate email account during the first setup of your Android phone.
Additionally system settings such as your Sync settings, preferred apps, Do Not Disturb settings, Accessibility settings and enabled can be backed up and restored.
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is supported so that one can create/perform music using your Android device using this feature.
Android is globally popular as it is available in 74+ language and this time 6 more languages (Azerbaijani, Gujarati, Kazakh, Albanian, Urdu, and Uzbek) are added.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow Phones
We can collected the list of Brands and their phone models which are set to upgrade their devices to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
As being a Google Owned Company, Motorola Devices are expected to get priorities in the update.
- Moto X Style
- Moto X Play
- Moto G (Gen 3)
- Moto X (Gen 2)
- Moto G (Gen 2)
- Moto Turbo
- Motorola Droid Turbo
- Moto X Pure Edition
- Moto Maxx
Samsung has not announced the list of devices becoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow phones but the carrier partners have revealed devices which are supposed to get upgraded.
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
- Samsung Galaxy Note5
- Samsung Galaxy A8
- Samsung Galaxy A7
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
- Samsung Galaxy S6
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- Samsung Galaxy Alpha
- Samsung Galaxy S5
Both of its Devices which are launched will have the update.
- OnePlus 2
- OnePlus One
- OnePlus X
Xiaomi has not also revealed the list, but it is guessed that all the devices launched in 2015 will have the update
- Xiaomi Mi Note 2
- Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
- Xiaomi Redmi 2
- Xiaomi Mi 4i
- Xiaomi Mi 4
- Xiaomi Mi Note
- Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
- Xiaomi Redmi 1S
- Xiaomi Redmi Note
Asus Zenfones which are listed below will have the update.
- Asus Zenfone 2
- Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe
- Asus Zenfone 2 Laser
- Asus Zenfone Selfie
- Asus Zenfone Go
Sony is upgrading smartphones as well as few tablets to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
- Sony Xperia Z5
- Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
- Sony Xperia Z3+ (also known as Sony Xperia Z4)
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
- Sony Xperia C4
- Sony Xperia M5
- Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
- Sony Xperia Z3
- Sony Xperia Z3v
- Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
- Sony Xperia Z2
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition
Many of the HTC smartphones are lineup to get Android Marshmallow updates.
- HTC One M9+
- HTC One E9+
- HTC One M9
- HTC One E9
- HTC One (M8)
- HTC One (E8)
- HTC One ME
- HTC One M8 EYE
- HTC Butterfly 3
- HTC Desire 826
- HTC Desire 820
- HTC Desire 816
- HTC One M8 Google Play Edition
LG may give updates to the following devices, though the list is not out yet.
- LG G4 (officially announced)
- LG G Flex 2
- LG G3
- LG G Stylo (the T-Mobile version of LG G4 Stylus)
Huawei had listed a maximum number (15) of devices to upgrade till now.
- Huawei Ascend P8
- Huawei Ascend P8 Max
- Huawei Ascend P8 Youth Edition
- Huawei Honor 6 Plus
- Huawei Honor 7i
- Huawei Maimang 4 (Chinese version of Ascend G8)
- Huawei Honor 7
- Huawei Mate S
- Huawei Mate 7
- Huawei Honor 6
- Huawei Mate 7
- Huawei Honor 4X
- Huawei Honor 4C
- Huawei Ascend G7
- Huawei Ascend G7 Plus