Next Android OS: Marshmallow features, release date

Last Updated: February 8, 2016

In the ever changing Android world Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” is the latest offering from Google. It is an update to the Android mobile operating system which has been available to the developers to preview for some time now, and is expected to be released publically in November 2015. Marshmallow primarily focuses on improving the overall user experience and will give you more control over your device. So in this article I have shared upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow features.

6 features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow

App Permissions

Android Marshmallow has introduced a new Application permission model. Unlike the previous versions, there are only eight permission categories and applications are no longer automatically granted all of their specified permissions. Now users will be able to grant applications individual permissions. For example suppose one of your app wants to access your contacts then you will be asked by the Operating System whether you want to grant it the permission or not. I must say this is a much needed feature and I am really thankful to Google for incorporating this feature.


Doze is a new power management scheme included in Marshmallow that reduces the level of background activity when the device is not being used which according to Google doubles the device’s battery life.

Fingerprint Support

Android Marshmallow provides native support for fingerprint scanners on supported devices via standard API which used to be implemented by vendors themselves. Fingerprint will not only unlock your device, it will also be used to authenticate Play Store and Android Pay purchases.

Google Now on Tap 

Now on Tap will work as a smart assistant which will be present across entire OS. No matter what you are doing on your device, it will be there to help you out. All you need to do is to simply press and hold the home button and Now on Tap will analyse the information you are looking at and it will eventually come with the cards related to your information.

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Verified Links

Every time we click a link Android comes with a prompt asking which app we want to use to access the link. But now Android Marshmallow has come with a concept of verified links that can be configured to open directly in their specified application without further user prompts.

Suppose you are browsing a webpage and you come across a twitter link and you click on it, this time it will automatically open the link in twitter app if available without giving a user prompt.

Automatic Backup and Restore

A seamless backup feature has been added to Android 6.0 with which you can set up automatic backups to backup apps and app settings into your Google Drive storage. Backups will happen only once day when your device is idle and is connected to WiFi which will eventually save your data charges and battery drain on your device.

Along with the above stated features Android Marshmallow will also support USB Type-C which enables a device to charge another device. It will also come with rotating home screen and option to delete screenshots along with the existing delete button.

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So Marshmallow is coming up with a big yes for all the users who are expecting major features from the next OS of Android.


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