What Is New in Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is just around the corner and that means it is the right time to bring you a summary of what can be expected in terms of new features and capabilities.
Android 6.0 focuses mainly on improving those areas of Android operating system that have been often criticised in past. These include permissions, battery life, and fingerprint recognition support. Google is well aware that each of these is a serious problem when it comes to convincing users of Apple and Microsoft products to switch to Android. Permission on Android are an important part of security, but the current model encourages users to ignore them and simply put their trust into the hand of developers. Battery life is currently the single most problematic area of modern smartphones. When asked, the majority of smartphone users is quick to say that battery life is the first thing they would like to improve. Microsoft has become known for its good battery performance and thus the preferred choice for people who put less value on features.
Improved permissions management
The current model of asking users to confirm permission before installation has been scrapped and replaced with something that is much easier to navigate. The system will ask you to confirm permissions only when they are actually needed. This means that you retain the ability to decline and still use the rest of the application. Knowing exactly when a certain app wants to perform a certain task helps you spot a malicious behavior and potentially prevent the app from doing more than you would like it to do.
So far, it is not clear how will Google handle permission management in old apps that have not been built with this feature in mind.
Chrome Custom Tabs
Custom Tabs should help developers integrate the web and their applications. These are currently handled separately which means that users are often redirected back and forward between one and the other. Chrome Custom Tabs enable web pages to use additional resources like saved passwords, autofill, and auto sign-in.
Another improvement concerns the internal communication between applications. App Links should help applications identify which link belongs to which application and make a correct suggestion. Users will no longer have to go through long lists since the most relevant options will be conveniently located on the top.
Alternative payment methods are on the rise and Android is not behind. Android Pay should be easy to use solution for everybody who owns Android smartphone with Android 4.4 KitKat or higher and NFC.
Fingerprint reader support
Until now, smartphone manufacturers had to implement their own solutions if they wanted to integrate a fingerprint scanner into their devices. This will change with Android 6.0. Google is adding the support straight into the system itself, which also means that fingerprints will be usable for Play Store authentication.
Google pays a lot of attention to battery life and Android 6.0 should make many users happy. The new Deep Sleep mode was demonstrated to double the battery life of Nexus 9. It will be interesting to see how much it will affect other smartphones.